This week at NC SYSTEMA, we barrel headlong into Striking and Kicking. Love them or hate them, learning to deliver and receive strikes is an essential aspect of self-defense. As Ben Askren's abrupt, 5-second UFC defeat clearly showed - even world-class grapplers can be stopped outright with a single, precise, and well-timed strike. Here, Instructors Glenn Murphy and Raymond Desmarais show three key elements of strike training in Systema:
1) Start your preparation at the point of contact - unwrapped wrists and fists are easily broken
2) Pushing builds precision - if you can push effectively, then your strike will be heavy and precise
3) Use gravity to your advantage - proper body alignment and relaxation add weight to strikes while keeping them hidden to your opponent
With these three principles in mind, practically anyone can learn to hit like a truck. Intrigued? Come try a class today!