Whipping Back Fist


Technique Review November 23, 2018

When we have a target by the side at the medium range we have the classical hammer sideways. Elbow at the close range, side kick at the long range.

Video transcript

Shalom people. Welcome to this week’s Technique Review.

When we have a target by the side at the medium range we have the classical hammer sideways. Elbow at the close range, side kick at the long range. So if that’s my target, that’s the hammer sideways. When you look at the hammer sideways you start with the elbow and then you open. When you start with the elbow it’s definitely some sort of telegraphing your intentions. The forearm is rather horizontal. The power of the attack is strong. Triceps are working. The whole arm, triceps, body, turning the body, shifting the weight. Of course back muscles and the leg, the glutes of the back leg all is working.

Then we have got an option that is quite familiar also with the martial arts of attacking with the whipping back fist. That’s the idea. The truth is you’re really hitting with the front of the first. You’re supposed to be hitting with these two knuckles from in the front like in the regular strike forward. But as you are moving, you keep the elbow low so it’s a little bit faster. It shows less intention. (This one compared to that one.) So it’s inside the silhouette. My attack is more inside the silhouette. From here you are hitting with the knuckles, the front side of the knuckles mainly towards places like the temple for example. It could be the nose. It could be the neck, even sometimes. Something like this is the attack. This is hit, recoil or be able to continue obviously. Again, a sideways type of position.

The action can also be done with the open palm, whipping action with the fingers going towards the eyes, towards the face. Obviously you have to be able to absorb the impact into the bony part of yours or you’ll break the hand. This motion is a whip action showing less, keeping the elbow low, the shoulder, the elbow, the wrist, the palm or the closed fist all are working in a similar way to a whip action. When you from sending to the recoil there’s sort of a flinch here of the wrist area which makes some sort of acceleration to the fingers or the knuckles. That’s the idea. Very quickly we are recoiling.

Again, the recoil, the moment you are putting this program of recoil into the attack itself you are delaying the contracting of the antagonist’s muscles which usually slows down the strike before he kicks. In this case think about recoil whether it’s a recoil to the area of the beginning or recoil opening the body to a new attack, it is accelerating and causing the end of the strike, the last portion of the strike to be faster, not to slow down, meaning you are enlarging the energy of impact.

When we start in the beginning we just hit and relax. Or hit and be ready. Yes? That’s the idea. Hand low, to start with a low hand definitely is a bit deceiving. Yes? So with a high hand shows a bit more of intention. Start hitting and recoiling or hitting and recoiling as a basic action. The recoil is to the area that you started from. Then continue, instead of recoil in the same way that you went into, recoil into a continuation sending the back shoulder forward so you can do another strike, another attack. Something like this for example. Something like that. Even a hook afterwards, although hook is medium, short-range in the whip action. You will have to advance a bit more. So straight strike, hook strike, open hand, fingers, all are possibilities to be continuation to this whip action which is being sensed less, meaning more difficult to identify this strike coming towards you.

Thank you for listening and watching. All the best guys.