Now one of the problems I have when I’m training these kids is when you first learn, you just want to throw a hard punch, you throw from the fist. When you throw from your first, the weight of your first throw, the action of the fist being thrown pulls the rest of your body forward. This puts you beyond your knee which puts off balance, and whether its wrestling, or boxing, or kickboxing, whatever it happens to be, once I’m beyond that knee, A, I’m going to have trouble getting back to be able to get quick movement, B, I’m going to be completely off balance so that person can take great advantage of over this.
The effect of the water is that, I can start to create a couple of things here. When I take these kids in right now, and we’ll get some video back on the kids in just a moment. If I’m starting here with this sort of position, where I have the flat side up, this is really great for anything where I’m using any kind of rotational movement. When I’m using arms. Anything when I’m working on their uppercuts, and anything that goes in here. Now I’m always looking at the alignment. When I’m looking and explaining to the kids I talk about positioning. I take them to a point in the pool. Essentially, what I say is you’re looking at where your chest line is in the water, everything up here. What we want to do, is we want to sink down so that your shoulders now in water. I want to put my chin just in above the water.
Now if I’m working the hooks, let’s look at the opposite side, so if I’m looking at the near punches. When I have this, and it just so turns out, which is a fantastic thing. Now when I’m throwing a punch, the only bone that really is in alignment with my forearm is that middle knuckle, that’s why we’re always trying to punch with he middle knuckle. Essentially, gather our strength and that long structure is your index finger. When they’re telling you to throw a punch, they want you to land between your middle knuckle and your index finer. Anytime that you get outside here, this arm is very susceptible, and very weak. That’s how you get a lot of these boxer fractures. They’ll break down really quick.
What they have you do in punching is rotate your hand. You can see how the motion looks. When I rotate the hand, the knuckles come down and I distribute the force between these first two. When I’m using this and I’m going into the linger position, when I start from here, and its nice because what I’m looking at is another thing people do is they punch here. This is your distance and distance matters a lot when you’re punching. What I’m trying to do is get them to see that length. The distance between here and here is four to six inches on that punch. That doesn’t mean I have to lean, but I’m getting there from when I am further away from you.
When I start them off with the first training portion of what they do, they start off and they bring their shoulders into alignment, they start from the punch, and they rotate. It just so happens, when I rotate correctly, I let that go right there. The fin, turns and I create the fin in a sort of shark fin sort of position. I’m right in there, I’m working on the pivot of my body. Now my hip is in alignment, my shoulders in alignment, my chins tucked in, so I’m in rock position so if I get hit from this side, or I get hit from this side, I’m maximally protected while I’m throwing a punch, which is the most dangerous point. While I’m attacking.
When I’m going from here, same thing. When I rotate over if I get the correct position, this comes flat with the body and I’m right there. I got my chin down into the water, so now I’m seeing that line of attack right here. I’m pulling through. If I’m just looking at this simple positioning, I’m getting my alignment, I’m learning the stretch, they’re starting to see, they can feel the float. If the I start to leave, the water gives that pull.
This is just one example of when I’m working. I’m just working on going back down and through and staying in balance.
At the same time, one of the problems they have with the whole Taibo stuff is that they were throwing themselves but they were keeping the foot still. All right? So when the foot is still here, and I throw this out. CJ will tell you I’m causing a misalignment on the knee joint. So there’s impact going into my knee. So one of the things is about the circular motion. As I’m throwing this jab and it’s coming out, this is a short jab, if I want to get the full length of the jab here and power behind the jab, see how my hip and my shoulder have to turn so you gain this rotation off the toe and your heel off the ground. See what I’m doing with that back foot in order to get what I want, to get my maximum reach, I’m pivoting on the knee. This here is now going into alignment.
The other thing that’s really great is this stuff here, the lower fins. When you’re going, you’re trying to move in the water doing my punches and everything, doing my hooks, you have techniques. There’s 3 basic ones I start them off with. There’s the faded move, the fade is where you’re moving back and twisting, bringing your shoulder in and throwing backwards and punch.
The next ones are where I have the most difficulty explaining to people. One I just call, and I keep it really simple, not about Japanese Chinese secrets but literally we have a thing where the punch comes down you use the forearm and you bump off to the right. So the first move is called the bump. What essentially is you’re doing, is you’re bumping with the forearm, you’re moving and you’re turning. What happens with these guys is their feet go everywhere. They go wide or whatever and they don’t get the correct feel of staying in balance. Because as I am going my head goes with it and everything else.
But in the water, I can show them the feel because when I do it incorrectly and I’m stepping out the fins want to give resistance. When I do this correctly the Bump should be I’m throwing a punch out across, I bring this back in and then I bump. I’m moving off the bump and what I want to do is pivot the hips first, not step with the foot first. So when I pivot the hips first then I move everything as one unit there’s virtually no resistance. I don’t feel it. And when they do that it allows them to fight and they get they’re way back.
The swing step you feel even more because on the swing step we’re essentially swinging back and stepping in. So if I have a punch that’s coming down this line, I’m just swinging off the line and then stepping back in, delivering my power. But when you’re actually doing it and you want to get power and stuff, we call it kangarooing when both feet move together. So I’m here and if they try to move both feet, that’s resistance, that’s a lot of resistance right there. But then I can explain to them and it’s so hard to explain to people when you’re not in the water, is that when I’m doing this type of throw, when I pivot my hip, and I lead with the hip movement first then your feet move easily. You see what I’m saying? And they can do that in the water because you have that buoyancy, so I can feel that I can move my hips that I can pop and they actually feel the difference.
Then as I translate that back into real time and just on land, they’ve made that correction. But they still get that idea. At the same time, one of the big problems I have is when people are punching, when they start off punching, either they come from Karate class where they start from the hip which but you don’t want to be throwing a punch from there. Or they’ll tend to get way down here. By seeing and correcting with the water line and making them focus along this water line on everything that they happen to be doing whether its hooks, uppercuts. Again the uppercut for instance, I throw the uppercut and stop at the water line. There’s no reason for you to go back here, go forward and throw all the way through that’s just a waste of energy.
So they start to see all these things where everything that they’re doing is along that waterline. The chin is down, because a lot of people lift their head like this. So if I keep that chin in the water and I keep that vision along that waterline as they’re doing it. It’s allowing me to teach people at a hundred times faster rate than if I don’t have it.
Now when I get out of the water I say, “Hey guys, think of yourselves, drop down into that waterline and stay along the waterline when you’re throwing your punches.” Now everything stays along that waterline it’s not dropping up. And even when I’m wanting to tilt, I just have to visualize tilting that waterline. So now, they’re just tilting the angle and everything stays along that waterline. The forward and the backwards tilt, I can still see the vision of that waterline. And it’s changed so much for these kids.
And then same thing, whenever I deal with my boxing stuff, if I’m doing the swing step, this is why I can translate to all of your animate. You can break it down individually as boxing. If I’m throwing the swing step, I’m over here I pivot, jump off and I step in. There’s a version of the cross, OK?
If it happens to be Muay Thai, I’m doing the same type of thing, I pivot, move, same thing I’m always leading from the hip. If I lead from the hip and work out where that power and where it’s coming from. So as I’m doing that same move comes in for your kick. So there’s no separation.
If I happen to be a grappler and someone is grabbing onto me here, it’s the same thing. When I want to go around him and he’s backing onto me into a clinch type thing, it’s the same thing. If I start to pull him, he’s going to resist and this is a good example. If I start to yank this person he’s going to anchor down but if at first I turn the hip and I pop, I beat him to that position. And now it’s much easier for me to take that person or if I’m doing a swing step I’m pivoting the hips and now I’ve got that 45 degree angle that I can come off of onto a flat position.
So its actually, when I’m working and I’m looking to take somebody’s strength, is only useful when you’re in balance. Power it comes when you have the torque involved. But for me as a fighter what I should be always looking for is to come in on their off angles. When I’m in a strong position like this I’m creating this base that’s triangular, that gives me a strong base. However, if he’s fighting me from here, I’m in a very strong position to fight, of I can anchor myself against his position. If he’s simply able to put himself into this line right here and push this way and push forward to where my heels make a triangle. And actually it’s where my heels are are the points to the triangle and a point is my height. I just lost it a bit, I’m completely in what we call flat as space. So that’s the goal of taking somebody out, it’s finding the flat space either from in front of them I’m creating the triangle or lifting that flat space backwards so I can take them back and take them down this way
So these are just some of the things I wanted you guys to see where it’s different than just these types of things, you know? When I’m doing a lot of the torque things I’ll still do them even though we’re using the same type of stuff. But we’re just working on them feeling the musculature because as I’m standing with the arms out here then you really can feel where in the water is most of the resistance.
And that’s what I’m trying to come across with you guys is that I want to be more sport specific. I gather as everything and I think we have everyone can do this type of stuff and these types of things and you can do everything from crank mechanics to different kinds of kicks and bring these things in and you have buoyancy which allows us to do… There’s so many more things that we can do.