When approaching your explosion distance, you might be aware of the
opponent's hands and arms. They hang out there in front of him,
begging to be noticed. So why not? When you develope extreme
explosive power it doesn't really matter what you strike. If the blow
doesn't hit a vital area, it certainly will set up your next strike which will
be a "stopper." Take what is given. Never look for something that is
not there. Never plan ahead for that favorite technique you've been
working on. If it's right there in front of you, be it arm or leg, take it out.
The distance is getting pretty close here in #24. The same principle for
the tight, hard, explosive body punch holds true here. Its easier than
going all the way in to shoot that punch to the body. Simply rock right
into the hand or wrist of the target. With proper mechanics, you'll hit
that hand everytime. Photo #24A begins the power roll and #24B shows
the impact to the hand area.
At the impact your hand should rip back into it's power set up for it's
next delivery as seen earlier in photo #10B. Photo #24C just gives
another look at the same situation with a different impact area. Power
punching to this area takes it's toll on that arm. This shot tends to do
more than just hurt the arm of the target. This part of the arm is sensitive
to any impact.
You can see from #24B or #24C, that the left punch or right shin thrust
is ready to fire next. Don't look for openings-make them.
PHOTOS 25- 25E and #26, 26A:
Now here's a little something that will get anyone's attention real quick. I call it the radial strike because of the hitting surface of the arm. The bone that runs along the thumb side of the forearm is called the radius. This section of the arm just might be the strongest and hardest hitting of them all. The reason that most do not see it that way is that they haven't been hit with it yet. I hope that you never are.
This radial strike is very powerful when blocking either kicks or punches. When the arm is in that slight arc I keep talking about, the results are excellent. Just imagine the arc of a boomerang or banana. That's it.
This works best from nose biting distance. If it's possible to get the target in a frontal head lock then it's really time for this strike. From the photos, it almost looks like a punch to the invisible target standing behind Bill as in photo #25B.
The sickle like strike of the radius is brought back to the lower section of the head in a slicing motion of the arm as in #25C.
When all stopping strikes are registered, this one just might be in first place.
In #25D, another view of the radial strike shows the arc of the arm in delivering this blow. Here's a close look in photo #25E of the arm's arc and the hitting area.
Practice these on a bag and I'll see you next week.