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No offense intended here. Most of the Sensei's I met are great and serious with their practice. But some of the interpretations being taught were totally ineffective, to the extent that they are just ridiculous in this day and age where streets and bars are roaming with oversized monsters.
We are not dealing with little skinny 100-lb half-naked highway robbers back in 19th century China anymore. The bastards now are humongous, and most of the time they are wearing jackets. So there.
He uses the same trajectory strike but done with a cupped hand so as to drive a concentrated air pocket along the side of your neck/clavicle or jaw line.
Slapping the face is generally considerably different and more risk-prone than slapping the body. The face holds sensitive skin, (about) 43 muscles, 14 bones, cartilage of the nose, the joint of the jaw, the eyes and a vast array of nerve endings. There is also the neck to consider which is always affected by a face hit. Any of these can be damaged by impact and must be handled with care, even in the most intense scene.
From Wikipedia: “The face is a central sense organ complex.” Keeping in mind the damage that could arise from being hit in the face, it might be helpful to remember the five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch/feel. Any of these could be affected by a blow to the facial area. In hitting, be aware that you could possibly detach a retina causing long-lasting or permanent eye damage, rupture an eardrum, break a nose, bust a lip or dislocate a jaw.
Don’t forget the psychological aspects! The act of face slapping, by default, applies some level of humiliation, often a great deal of it.
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