The Bronze Dago wrote:
Which is why I completely quit trying to develop the technique. Truth be told, the effort of getting this kick to work properly along with the "shyness" factor of actually putting power in my front kick (fear of breaking the "tootsies") made this technique worth abandoning. Consider this: Aside from walking around the house in your underwear or going to the beach, how often are you actually barefoot? About .5% of the time. Best to learn to kick as hard as you can without the concern of breaking your toes! Kick with the ball of your foot! Since I quit trying to kick with my toes, my front kick has doubled in power and I am confident that I can knock the wind out of someone with it.
No question but this is right on the money. For smaller folks especially the best options are the ball of the foot or the heel of the foot smashing into the opponent with full power. Just because Master X can do Y with his/her toe isn't going to make it work on the enraged EBG.
Want a pointy thing? Then try a smashing heel kick while wearing pumps..
Evan Pantazi wrote:
Targeting, is essential, but also the hard part under the stress of conflict.
Understatement of the year IMO.
Start trying to target little vital points in the heat of combat and prepare for defeat. Target his center and learn to work off of the clash and his resistance to target his center based on natural movements and where your hands or other weapons are at the moment. Spend more time studying how to gain control and take control of the line and the opponent and less time 'developing' pointy things that will never land without an imitate understanding of how to gain control of the stronger opponent.
Rather than thinking about (and perhaps being overly reliant) on any one specific technique, people should practice techniques as part of a continuous attack in which the distance between the defender and the attacker closes and the techniques employed changes accordingly, e.g. you go from a low kick(s) to punches, to knees and elbows and, maybe, even to grappling.
This is key.
One or even two good shoken by the average woman is not going to stop anyone with intent to harm you in all but the most unusual circumstances. Folks need to start chaining these moves together into a continuous attack that closes, follows and faces the opponent until the opponent is hurt or sufficiently dazed so escape is possible.
Dana Sheets wrote:
appealing because I'm never going to have the muscle power in my kicks/strikes that some do. So if I can find a way to make my strikes more penetrating (by having more PSI by limiting the striking surface) then I can hit harder without actually using more muscle.
The vertical fist is a pointy thing that offers more strength and ability to take more of an impact over the typical practitioner’s shoken… Moreover the wrist is locked up for stability, bridging and energy transfer.
The best power multiplier in the end will be a combination of a stronger semi pointy thingy with a continuous chaining attack – learn how to chain your strikes together so that you never stop striking, to the tune of four or more strikes per second. Remember force = work per unit of time, so doing more in less time must be the goal of those 'power challenged folks' and can give you the multiplier you need while also keeping the opponent off balance… Try it in sparring… These chained strikes are simple, doable and direct, think in terms of a high pressure stream of water that will have a much better chance at blowing a hole in your opponent than any single pointy thingy ever could IMO.