Until I am able to get photos on this site, I will have to wing it for a while. As I thought about what I was going to write, it came to me. Let's talk about things that take place in your workout and relate it to power infighting. Let's look at our prearranged kumites and drills. Working with a partner means you are helping each other to better understand this concept. Remember, we are not just talking about striking here. Blocking, distance, angles, foundation, hand position and striking accuracy, coordination of block and counter, all come into play. Lots of trial and error here. The best way to begin, is simply to warm up by taking a few punches. Begin by using a slight body turn as you block. The Uechi circular block is the main deflective movement here. Let's look at this very effective block differently than is used in our kata. Keeping our arms up, and in a very comfortable position, take the middle punch. Try not moving much here, just snap your hips in a quick turn with your block. Work on this until you have coordinated the hip and block to work together in one piece. Now let's look at your block. That large circular movement may be OK in kata, but not here. To get the best result the block must be snapping fast with the hips. Your blocking elbow never leaves sanchin. Your first movement is a fast arcing hand at the fist of the attack. In this way the back of your hand and wrist are making contact with the underside of the wrist of the punch. On touch you much snap your hips slightly and roll you hand with your elbow in sanchin, from 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock. Not 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock. This will fire the attacking arm into an easy countering position. Now is the time to check with your partner. How did your partner end up? Here's what should happen. Your partner should be in a forward bend position. That snapping 12 to 6 movement with the hip tourque, will fire that attacking arm downward. To get this to work it must be practiced many many times. I must warn you, you might eat a few punches at first. When you get it down, it will be pretty much impossible to be hit. OK, we've got that tight crisp 12 to 6 block down pretty good, now what?
Now comes the good stuff. The counter is very quick and will hit very hard. There are many strikes that can occur once that attacking arm is blocked as I've drawn out. This is when you can take what is given you. Never search for something-just take what's there. Keeping your hands close together while you block will enable you to do some good things. When you fire into the block, always take both hands with you. This will add to the quickness and power of the movement. It will also leave you in a great countering position. You will notice the situation once you snap that block from 12 to 6. Take a look at where your blocking hand is and the path back up your partner's attacking arm. Like a path to the open neck and head. He's not blocking this counter. Very slowing at first, just let your blocking hand slid up that attacking arm. See what's at the end of the road,,,the head. I find the fastest counter is the radial strike. That's the thumb side of your hand. Let it fire right up that arm into the neck or jaw of the attacker. Also, keep your arm in that bent arced position when firing this counter. Never straighten your arm in this movement. NEVER. Be aware of what's going on with your partner when all of this is happening. Watch the position your partner is in. You will notice that everything opens up for that exploding counter. I've written quite a lot here, for something that takes a blink from start to finish. Practice, practice practice..You will find yourself blocking like this in your pre-arranged kumites. This is just tapping the surface of infighting and power hitting. When I can get some photos, it will make things clearer. In the meantime, play with this and see if you have any success. Remember-everything happens in one piece. From the start of your block to the crashing counter, is just a blink. The more you coordinate your movements, the faster and harder you hit. Have Fun, go play, see ya next week.