Body Mechanics Part 2

On Monday’s blog, I said I’d post a video on body mechanics today. I figured it would be much easier to demonstrate rather than trying to type out each technique in a blog post. So, with the generous support of my husband and son (who filmed us), we made a little video on basic body mechanics of three Isshinryu Karate techniques: a punch, a middle block, and an elbow strike.

The purpose of the video is to demonstrate how different body positioning and proper tensing of the muscles, or chinkuchi (chin-coo-chee), helps increase a person’s strength. Feel free to grab a partner and experiment with these techniques on your own. The video covers the basics of body mechanics.  With further fine tuning of proper body alignment, each of the following techniques can yield even greater power.

~KM Fawcett

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6 responses to “Body Mechanics Part 2

  1. Pingback: Body Mechanics | Attacking the Page

  2. I enjoyed your thoughtful presentation. It is nice to see someone explaining the importance of even the smallest changes in positioning. In RyuTe RenMei we train with a similar emphasis on body mechanics although some of the logic behind what we do differs from yours. I did notice one piece in particular I am curious about. The thumb position on the punch appears to me to be very vulnerable to intentional or unintentional attack. Collapsing the thumb on itself is a painful pressure point that allows a great deal of manipulation. Is there something here I am not seeing that provides protection?

    • Thanks for commenting, Adam. I’m not sure I understand your question, though. When making a fist In Isshinryu Karate, the thumb is positioned on top of the second knuckle joint, and presses against the knuckle making a pinch point for strength and stability. It does not protrude past the knuckle, and therefore is not vulnerable to impact on the target.

      • I look forward to playing around with the position and see how it changes the strength and stability. The concern wasn’t about the raised thumb hitting the target of the punch but of it being taken advantage of by the attacker’s counter. Defensively, we train to attack the attacking arm and use a lot of joint manipulation techniques (tuite) to gain control. A protruding appendage is something we look for in order to create a painful counter to the attack. This is just a thought to consider. Thanks again for the nice video.

  3. to Adam Cave. I think your question on the thumb positioning is a good question. The thumb on top as I understood it from Master Advincula was for more power and less manipulation. Sensei also taught that is why we train to get hit or grabbed and that is why we learn counters to the counter. All techniques have weaknesses especially if your opponent is good.

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