Although it is obvious that true Graeco roman boxing might well, with western fence, be considered the quintisential American and or Western Martial Arts.
But, I know little of it-sorry.
Perhaps restrained threads on basic boxing techniques and the boxers of yore, such as John L. Sullivan
, might be a good thing to start.
Again, i would ask assistance in this area although i do not mind setting forth some points for discussion and perhaps even explaining Sensei jack's input into Uechi from his boxing cross training.
Why not Sensei Van
talking about la savate
to the same end???.
As an example, I am trying to interweave some boxing principles and TC techniques into the class.
Last week (I am allowed one day every two weeks for exploration of applications, non Uechi tecnichniques and theories and the like.)
last week I merely added, for the purposes of the class only, a "boxer's hook'.
To me a boxer's hook feels a lot like the delivery of the horizontal elbow strike, but with the hand extended.
I started the students in a t stance and simply had themstep in to a slightly deeper stance, change the angle of the strike, turn the hips and hook a punch around an imaginary opponent's guard.
Next week, some bag work on the punch with my conception of right crosses.
it seems to me that the hand and elbow move little and the hip change provides the movement and power.
A similar concept is shown in the latter part of "twist and strike" from the T'ai chi set. Likewise the punch is delivered in tight with only the hip change charging it, hardly a muscle in the upper body moves.
This is deceptive as the technique appears weak. It is not.
If done correctly, it is 'unreadable" because, once in proper distance (another matter to get there) the punch is delivered with no "telegraphing" of the coming strike. There is no windup, and no need for one.
i completely suprised myself when this punch twisted out, apparently unread this once, and struck my Sifu.
He was pleased.
Then he kicked me in the head
It is hard for me to read the ending "eyebrow' inside out crescent kick which is at the end of the set, as one does not really think of it as an "inside" technique. so I was quickly put in my place.