Feinting not Fainting

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2021

Yesterday we wrapped up the Jack Dempsey boxing classes. The morning class we explored what he terms snapback/pull aways which we would term riding the energy of the punch. The evening class we explored feinting and drawing.

What became glaringly clear is that to be successful at any of this you needed to understand the taijutsu movement and body dynamics/shapes of all of the punches. You don't pretend or fake a punch or movement to feint or draw the opponent out. You actually have to throw it, commit to it ,to the very edge of where the punch launches. You balance in gravity at this edge; it's actually more of a teeter in gravity and then figure out what other punches can be launched at this point. So you launch one punch and if your opponent reacts to it finish with a different punch. If your opponent does not react you just finish with the original punch thrown.

When learning this there is a pause when teetering in gravity to figure out what other punch or punches can be launched successfully from this balancing point. Once learned when using this in action whether training or actual fighting there is no pause it is a fluid motion. It takes the opponent completely by surprise and shatters them. I can say this from experience being on the receiving end of many of these exchanges from Dennis. These are so effective that my balance is destroyed and I am flying across the room without any of the punches touching me. It’s scary, amazing, brilliant and beautiful all at the same time. It’s pretty F***ing cool! I for one look forward to becoming more adept at this. If you would like to join me in this adventure click the link below.

We look forward to training with you. Enjoy!

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