One Inch Punch

Martial Arts blows can be subdivided into hard and soft type. In comparison, the soft type is more difficult to master. The one inch punch is an internal method of striking. The energy that is used is not based on the bones, leverage or muscle; it is a physics concept called entrainment .

You must at least be at a level where you have learned a stance and do a punch in some form of classical Martial Arts.

This strike should be able to penetrate with power, not just on the surface. .

For a one inch punch, you will need to learn how to use Qi, through Qigong, Tai Chi or Internal Xingyi. Standing Post Qigong is one of the best for developing Qi. Other names for this are Embrace the Moon, Tree Hugging and Zhan Zhuang.

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In order to be able to do an one inch punch, you will need to see if your punches are internal, the following is a good way to test if your blows are internal.

Internal Penetrating Power Tests

One gets a volunteer, who places a four inch thick piece pliable material; such as a thick paperback phone book to a large city, over their abdominal area. Pliable material is used to avoid the kinetic transfer of energy associated with the billiard ball effect. This effect causes the momentum of the striking ball to be transferred to the struck ball, which is sent moving.

Start with a small testing blow, then go to ΒΌ strength; then 1/2 the full strength.

The volunteer should not: deflect, move, push back, jerk or react to the blow.

If the blow; is really more of a push, the volunteer will be moved, yet not feel the blow much.

The volunteer will feel the blow; beneath the surface, but not on the surface. This effect cannot be a billiard ball type, kinetic transfer, if a soft, pliable material, such as a phone book is used. A karate punch will only be felt on the surface.

Experts or friends; will use the sternum area of males with pliable bones (usually younger men), since an external blow will mainly be felt on, or in the surface sternum bone. Special care must be used in this area to avoid heart complications. Testing blows are not usually more than 1/3 strength in this area.

The abdominal area is the best suited for the first area to test, since little can happen to the intestines. Be careful though, since kidneys and liver are nearby.

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Doing the One Inch Punch

You first must get into a Horse or T-stance. You should have some flexibility in your joints; as you prepare for the punch.

Shorten the length of a classical deep stance, while keeping a low center of gravity. Throw your strike past the surface of the target area to be punched.

Now there is a lot in that last sentence that goes unsaid. This internal effect will determine the success of the One Inch Punch.

Most will need to have studied an Internal Martial Arts to know how to do an internal punch. There are many internal schools, the largest systems are Xingyi, Tai Chi and Bagua.

Your legs should be rooted, you move with the hips and do not lean forward. The blow should go upward slightly to uproot the opponent so he can be moved backwards otherwise you will not see the results of your strike.

Some will whip their arm forward and the back to get the wave action and increased speed.

You cannot step forward as you punch.

Put your weight into the punch by throwing your hip into it. There is more if you are into Internal Martial Arts, by using your abdominal muscles and/or Qi from the Lower Dan tien. This takes training.

The punch can come the kness, feet and lower depending on your level and type of internal training.

The target area is critical, as well as controlling the power, and damaging effects of a blow beneath the surface, when testing and proving a One Inch Punch, so do not try it without a trained professional Internal Martial Arts Sifu (teacher)

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