Yesterday, I made a video a little unusual. I started a little debate on the starting point of energy when you give a punch (Tsuki). Indeed, I said the following sentence:
When one gives a Tsuki, the energy does not start from the hips but from the Hara (the center of gravity of the body, or the belly).
So it's true that I'm not inventing anything, because this principle is known to all martial arts. Yet we often tend to make the mistake and think that energy comes from the hips. In launching this debate yesterday, I wanted to remove this belief that is often taught wrongly, saying that energy comes from the hips.
I asked the karateka a question:
If I sit on a rotating stool and give a Tsuki without laying my legs down, on the stool does my body rotate in the direction of my punch, or in the opposite direction?
I had some answers to this video, but above all it triggered real debate on our facebook page with quite shared answers ...
That's why I wanted to give the answer in a second video, where I show you that the energy does not come from the hips and I give you the proof with my magic stool:
On a stool, when you put a Tsuki while raising your legs, our body turns in the opposite direction of the given blow.
Indeed, one might think the opposite at first. I have already asked my students, and almost all answered me that the body went in the direction of the punch. The explanation is actually quite simple, and I give it to you now.
In fact, as you will see in the video, the energy starts from the Hara (belly). To leave, this energy will simply rely on the hip (the right hip in this case because I used the right arm). As a result, the right hip will recede, and the rest of the body will follow it to go right. As you understand it, it is not at all wrong to say that the hip has a big impact in the transmission of energy, on the contrary, the hip is very important! But the energy does not start from the hip but from the Hara.
In the end, the hip, legs, floor and shoulders only aim to accelerate the movement of the punch, and allow the energy from the Hara to be transmitted in the fastest way and the powerful possible. To prove it, I made some experiments to show that even without the legs for example, one could have power. To do this, I decided to test by punching in weightlessness (the idea came to me from a comment I received). Well, we're a bit far from the moon, so I managed, so I jumped putting a Tsuki.
The result is that expected, even if the punch has a little less power, it is still powerful and we feel that the force comes from the belly. I also tried with a Mae Geri and the result is the same. Here is the second video:
And you what do you think ? The energy comes from your hips, Hara, soil?
Give me your opinion in a comment below!
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