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Use of Momentum as Fight Equalizer

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First of all, I am not much on Black Belt Magazine; however, they did have a pretty good article written about making the most of momentum. I got to thinking back to Engineering school(BORING) and the article really began to make great scientific sense(As in the SFC concept).

As Hock says, if you take Pee Wee Herman he will never be able to punch like Mike Tyson, but could you modify his technique (hips turning, leg push, etc.) to make him punch like a middleweight or even a light heavyweight? The Science involved with not only punches but kicks, rams, etc. is very intriguing and I just wondered what y'all thought? :)

I think you could do that, but there are much more effective techniques for fighting the Mike Tyson's of the world, instead of relying on punching, and even making the most out of punching.  The way I make use of momentum is not by trying to make the most of my own, but trying to make the most of the bad guy's.  Triangular footwork allows me to place myself at the bad guy's most vulnerable point, while he's still recovering from his attack.  And that, to me, is worth a lot more than trying to teach the proverbial 98 pound weakling how to hit like Oscar De La Hoya.  After all, when you're on your opponent's backside, it doesn't take much to kick a knee out, punch/slap a kidney, or hammer fist a neck.  It may not take them out immediately, but it will wear them down some.  And really, we shouldn't be trying to teach a 98 pound weakling to knock someone out, because it's just on the low end of probability.  My professional opinion is that time is better spent learning a variety of strikes, and how to appy those strikes to vulnerable areas. 


While I agree that punches would probably be my last resort against a "Mike Tyson" style opponent, I don't believe we should dismiss the advantage of using momentum as a fight equalizer. I agree with Kentbob that our priority should be teaching a variety of strikes, and how to apply them to the most vulnerable areas of an assailant. I also prefer to take advantage of my opponents lack of understanding of momentum, whether it be from an overly aggressive attack or just using the wrong weapon at the wrong range (i.e. winding up a big haymaker in clinching range).
My opinion (which, with only five additional dollars will get you a Mocha Java at Books-a-Million!) is that learning to strike with all the power available to you, utlizing every trick of the trade (including the use of momentum), has the potential to end a conflict quickly. If our hypothetical "98 pound weakling" has learned not only how and where to strike, but has also learned how to do so with maximum efficiency and power...well, that kind of sounds like "equalization" to me.

All-I have been reading the posts about equalization, i am a firm believer that one of the biggest things that the "Peewee Hermans" of the world who get attacked need to  be trained in is-how to overcome Hypervigiliance-(where one freezes in place when confronted with a spontaneous and overwelming incident because they cannot believe it is occuring,or does not know how to  respond to the incident and does not act to counter the attack.)-This should be drilled into their head that they have to practise and review what could be called immediate action drills.
Development of muscle memory in close quarter fighting-by repeating drills that the instructor teaches is  needed for "Peewee" to immediately counter and overcome by shocking the attacker is needed.
I agree momentum is needed because without it the counter will not work.
As i was taught in the past-I always show the student that his/her use of momentum will assist in helping bowl over the opponent-along with a positive mind set to put the attacker down immendiately...(again-by freezing-one loses.)-whitewolf in kuwait.

Naso Karas:
I read the article in BB, too.  It was right on as far as the sport-model goes.  You need to get as much behind the strike as you can without telegraphing it.  Momentum IS the great equalizer in the ring.  Gonzaga vs. CroCop is a good example.  However, when it comes to street defense, it doesn't take much momentum to stick a finger 2 knuckles deep in an eye-socket.  I guess what I'm saying is train what you do.  If you're into self-defense, train for deceptive shots.  If you're into fighting in the ring, practice your power and body mechanics.  All of that has a lot to do with how much time you have to devote to your training.  If you don't have a lot of time, it's best to stick with Q&D (Quick & Dirty) stuff.  Hell, even if you do have a lot of time, you should still be working on Q&D!
There's no equalizer like a good eye-jab!


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