Straight Blasts:
The subject for today is the straight blast. The straight blast is utilized by Jeet Kune Do practitioners, but also, what I have trained in is Non-Classical Kung Fu, so those are called straight punches. Begin from a neutral position, you start at your sternum, thumbs are connected to your sternum. I am going to hit, drop, and then hit, and then hit. It is an elliptical motion here. It is not a circular motion that some practitioners understand. You don’t hit with any particular knuckle. This is called straight punches from Wing Chun Non-Classical Kung Fu, and it is also considered the straight blast from Jeet Kune Do practitioners. I am going to teach you the footwork, we call this a “box step”. Your hips are square and your shoulders are square, one, two, you lead with the left and follow with the right. One, two, one, two. Going backwards it is the same thing but you lead with the right, one, two, one, two. If you are going to the right, the right foot always moves first. If you are moving to the left, the left foot always moves first. If your feet are reversed, it is still the box step here, and left foot moves first going backward. As I just explained, the right foot always moves first when moving to the right, the left foot always moves first if you are moving to the left, regardless of the positioning of your stance.
We are going to incorporate the elliptical movement of the straight blast or straight punches and the box step. You start by getting the punches moving, and then take a step, take another step, multiple steps, you can back up, one, two. At a 45-degree angle, start with the straight blast, box step, one, two, one, two. Another 45-degree angle here, and it doesn’t matter which foot is forward, you can have the left or right forward as long as shoulders are square. Punch, box step, box step.
To generate more power, you need some hip and shoulder movement. For example, straight punching from here is great, but it is all upper arm. I need to incorporate hip and shoulder motion here, boom, boom, this creates a lot of power and energy. For instance, this is regular straight punching and this is more hip and shoulder generation. It’s generating more power. This is Mr. Kyle Lesmeister, he is a 2nd degree black belt and he is 21 years old this month. He has been training with us for 11 years. He weighs about 245lb, I weigh about 225lbs, just to give you an understanding of what we are doing. Mr. Kyle is going to incorporate the box step and punches, and I will stop him and move him back and forth, you will understand what we are doing.
So that is the straight blast and or straight punching properly performed. Now, I am going to film Mr. Kyle for 5 seconds. Brett will tell us when to go and when to stop after 5 seconds, and I will count Mr. Kyle’s punches. So I counted about 16, so that is 6.3 punches per second. What I often say, if someone has a problem with me, one thousand one, you have just hammered them with over 6 punches per second. Mr. Kyle is 245lbs, if you are younger, quicker and lighter, you might get up to 7 or 8 punches per second. Mr. Kyle hits with a heavy hammer.
Mr. Kyle is going to demonstrate the straight blast with the footwork solo, and you will see what we are doing. Excellent job. One considerations is, are you really driving an opponent multiple strikes cross the street or room? Not really. Mr. Kyle will go, boom, boom, boom. Power. That is all you really need, just single strikes, one at a time, power, develop power in your straight punches, these are vital. Take your time. I am putting my strength forward, I have points of strength front and back. Watch what happens when I expose my weak points, he knocks me down. There is a lot of power so break down each individual piece for power and focus.
Straight Punches With A Blade
What is interesting about the KI fighting concepts perspective, is we are going to do the straight blast or straight punch with a blade. This is really important. It doesn’t matter which grip or which hand or both. I will explain. We do the straight blast here, with an elliptical motion, power, power, moving on to multiple opponents. Straight blast, put your thumb on the top of the blade, I happen to have many blades from many systems, but this is the one I carry. Put your thumb on the blade here, boom, boom, just go and do that. Another angle, hit, hit, hit, hit. Now, it doesn’t matter which hand you have it in, it is the same thing because it is a straight blast. Or you may go reverse grip, hit, tear, hit, hit, hit, this way. Or, both grips, hit, hit, hit. Mr. Kyle will demonstrate, hard and fast. What are you going to do to fight against that? Single or reverse grip, there’s nothing you can do against it.
Multiple Opponents
There are multiple opponents, as predators run in packs sometimes. So I am punching opponent number one, pummeling and slamming, and then here comes opponent two, I swing, but it is not working very well. Watch another perspective, it is a 90-degree shift, then step and go into a foot trap. One, two, bang, you don’t swing because they can block you and you are screwed. Come straight out, and then step and shoot. I am going to teach you a perspective for multiple opponents. I am going to step ahead of Mr. Kyle, punch and punch, in my peripheral vision I can see him, so that is about a 65-degree angle, and I can’t turn around or see him in the back of me. And if he is here and I am pounding him, I can do a lot of things. So punch, punch, that is really effective, or I can go all the way back to there.
I am going to give you a sequence of perspectives I would like you to embrace. There are multiple opponents going on all the time. You need proper footwork and focus; you need to have your attention on the things that are around you. Let me show you. One, two, three, four, five, look, one, two, three, four, five, look. If Mr. Kyle is the other opponent, if I look at him, he is going to smash me, so I fill that void and then I look. That is my attention perspective. One, two, three, four, five, you can do other numbers of sets, whatever you need to do. Now you can reverse it, one, two, three, four, five, look.
Straight Punches 90-degree Angle
I am going to teach another perspective as well. One, two, three, four, five, look, one, two, three, four, five, look. Step through, step through. You are going after them. Now we will do straight blast or straight punch from Non-Classical Wing Chun with a blade. The same routine we just went through, one, two, three, four, cut, look. One, two, three, four, five, look, repeat. The 90 Degree perspective, my blade is still in my right hand, but I am going to start with the left, one, two, three, four, five. One, two, three, four, five, look. So with Mr. Kyle’s help, what we did with the straight blast and I swung my hand over here, he could just block me, but I went in with a straight line and I stepped in and moved his body. Well, I want just the opposite with a reverse grip knife. Let me explain. I am going to one, two, three, four, I am going to turn it and then I am going to twist and tear, boom, boom. Very important. So the straight blast with a blade, this is very direct, and then figure out what is going on. With a reverse grip, I want to capture and then tear, and then smash here, boom, boom, this position. And then you can go on. If he is standing there, I can just thrust this right into his neck, this would be really sweet. Or, if he has his left foot forward, and I am here and here, he is coming up, I can go right into the femoral artery and shred that, or go into the groin. There are so many things you can do from here, just ankle pick him from there and ice pick him. There are so many variables you can do with a straight blast with a blade.
One last perspective on the straight blast or Wing Chun straight punches. If you want to piss them, off hit them in the nose. If you want to knock them out, hit them in the jaw. If you want to kill them, hit them in the throat. So, if I am pounding this guy and he is a tough wrestler or an MMA guy, I am going to turn these straight punches into pak saus and palm strikes and then I can just knee him. Bang, bang, knee him here, whatever you want to do. That is an added tidbit, because you don’t want to break your hands. If you hit him in the nose, cheek, sternum or throat you are not going to break your hands, but if he is shooting down here, you don’t want to hit him on the top of the head with your knuckles, you want to use a pak sau or palm strikes and just pop him and go into it that way.