There’s a video online of an interview with a young Mike Tyson talking about his love of Jack Dempsey, The Manassa Mauler. Jack Dempsey, weighing 180 pounds, won the heavyweight championship in 1919 from 6’ 6” 245 pound Jess Willard. Dempsey did so much damage to Willard there was even a controversy about the possibility of his gloves being loaded. However the films of the fight show Willard walking over before the match and examining Dempsey’s hands.
How did he do it?
Thirty-one years later Jack Dempsey wrote a book on how to fight. In it he talked about the examination of all of his training over the years and the research he did with other fighters and trainers that led to a 385 page volume of notes about everything he learned. Which he then culled down to a book about boxing because he believed that the science of punching was being lost.
There are some great details about boxing in his book but the thing that makes it special can be boiled down to one word.
Gravity. Jack Dempsey knew how to use gravity.
If you’ve been reading any of our posts you will have noticed by now that we make reference to the Shinobi formula. It’s our way of using science to describe the process of ninpo taijutsu, the ninja method of using the body to move and create power. The formula starts off, “In every moment use gravity to…”
Gravity is a source of power in fighting that Jack Dempsey knew, that Mike Tyson knew and the ninja knew. If you would like to know more about the science of using gravity to create power just click the link below.
We look forward to training with you.
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