Martial Arts Ezine Issue 53 One of The Real Secrets of Martial Arts The Way of The Intercepting Fist

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One of The Real Secrets of Martial Arts The Way of The Intercepting Fist by Master Keith Pascal M.A.

A lot of people wonder how an overweight guy like me, can move so fast. In my humble opinion, a lot ofpeople are impressed.

Still, I am working on shedding some extra pounds, so I can get even faster.

I think one of the real secrets to my speed is the fact that what I am doing in one beat, most people break up into two.

It's not that my actual punch is faster; it's that they don't see a block before a punch.

I am talking about Bruce Lee's "Way of The Intercepting Fist." Here is just one technique from this system.

First the technique, then the application, OK?

1) Stand in a neutral stance (at-ease position), with your legs about shoulder-width apart. I don't really care where your hands are -- although I'd get pickier if you were actually in a class with me. For now, don't worry about it.

2) Punch straight out in front of you with your best hand. I prefer a vertical punch. Use whatever you can make work. Don't move anything before that punch. No telegraphing allowed.

3) Now that you know what the punch looks like, you are going to punch again, but this time you are going to start to check, slightly AFTER your punch begins its journey out in front of you.

4) Use your weaker hand to check. As you punch comes out with the dominant hand, the other hand cross the body with an open, vertical palm (fingers up), and checks on top of the biceps of the punching hand.

5) They end their respective journeys at about the same time. The check hand ends up having the bottom of the palm resting on top of the biceps of the extended arm. Of course, in real life you don't leave it out there. We are just talking position, right now.

And speaking of position, don't over-block! It's just a check. It only needs to protect about an inch past the face -- no more. I am serious when I say let it land on the biceps.

And that is the technique. Now, let's turn it into an exercise.

Important Note: One reason you start the check afterwards is that you may need time to see where exactly you have to check. Here, I am just teaching you to take a high punch to the face, coming with the opposite hand from your punch -- the mirrored fist.

In real life, you don't know where the punch is heading. That doesn't mean you wait before you start your punch. Hey, if your punch is decent, you might not even have to check at all ;-)

Practicing With A Partner

1) Put someone facing you in a neutral position

2) If they punch with their left hand towards your right cheek, you counter by punching back with your right hand. Your left hand 'blocks' his punch away from your cheek by checking. I call it a check, because it only blocks just past the face, almost landing 'onto' your biceps.

Now, let's make this exercise a bit more interesting:

3) Now, after his first punch, your partner suddenly fires out a punch with the right hand towards your left cheek. What do you do?

PANIC -- Just kidding

4) Actually, just reverse what you are doing. Your check hand fires straight out towards your opponent from its check position above the biceps. And now your right hand goes from an extended punch to a check on the left biceps.

5) You can practice this a a rhythm exercise, where your partner feeds you alternating punches as fast as possible. You'll get very fast at punching first.

6) The real benefit comes when you practice without a rhythm. Wow.

7) And you'll get even more benefit, if your partner mixes up the order of punches. Make them as random as possible. right, right, right, left, left, right, left, right, right, left, left, left, left, right, left, right ....

8) Once you can do this from two facing neutral stances, then it's time to bring it to other situations -- like starting out from a lead position.

And remember:

1) No telegraphing

2) No moving the check hand until AFTER the punch starts

3) Have your partner punch wide at first. It will be easier for you than a punch coming straight up the middle -- of course, I have counters for that kind too. (Some other place, some other time)

4) This is all done in one beat

Tip: Double Checks With Your 'Live' Hand

Would you like an even faster response to thatsecond punch in the above exercise?

Your partner punches; you punch/check back. So, yourpartner fires off another punch with the other hand.

Instead of switching hands, why don't you just check with the same hand that was resting on the biceps?

Just swing it over to the other side of the face.

Of course, in my system, you HAVE to lead with a punch. So, how are you going to punch first?

Easy. Just punch with the same hand again. What's not so easy is doing this without retracting the punch. Pulling the punch back is just too slow at this point.

So, after your first punch 'makes contact' with your opponent's face, it immediately jumps forward for a second punch.

Those who practice Bruce Lee's one- or three-inch punch will have no problem doing this.

So, in effect you could keep punching with the same hand, while the rear hand just keeps checking as though swatting flies in front of your face.

Note: You could even switch back to the original exercise. Can you see how powerful a system is where the hands don't get tangled. Either hand can punch forward, followed by a check at any time.

You can check high or low, inside or outside, as long as you punch first, and don't waste any motion by blocking beyond where you are protected. Power blocking is something completely different.

Of course in real life, you don't sit there and wait for the next punch to come in. After all, what's the use of getting one beat ahead, if you aren't going to continue that momentum.

Might I suggest following with a straight blast.

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