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#262737 - 06/16/06 05:38 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: Ayub]
ShikataGaNai Offline

Registered: 08/27/05
Posts: 1163
Loc: Bellingham, WA

But under the assumption of always landing either way, you may as well hit the guy harder. Too much speed will mean you will have less accuracy, and the inability to change redirect your shot should the guy move.

Training for speed and accuracy could remedy that. That's kind of what the WC components of JKD are all about IMO. Not to argue, just throwin it out there.

#262738 - 06/19/06 11:59 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: ShikataGaNai]
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Registered: 06/19/06
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One should know when to use short non-powerful attacks, and one should know when to use slow but powerful attacks. If use either one in a thoughtless manner then all you will do is tire yourself and waste a lot of energy and strentgh on a bunch of careless attacks. IMO I believe that you should try and make your attacks as fast and consistent as possible at first and as your opponent becomes weary and less responsive, then you should use stronger, more powerful attacks. I think everyone agrees that whenever you use an attack that offers more power that you sacrifice a lot of your defense at the same time as the attack, so it would only make sense to wear your opponent down before doing so because then they will have less reaction to respond to your open spot in your attack. That's what has always worked for me. But you should do whatever works best for you. That is JKD isn't it, taking what works for you and using it instead of what flaws you?

#262739 - 06/23/06 11:49 AM Re: Straight blast [Re: NeverEnough]
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Registered: 06/06/06
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Loc: North Texas
Do what is appropriate for your situation. Take into consideration the assailant's intent and perceived capability, other potential assailants, the physical environment you're in, and what you wish to accomplish with the encounter.
"After all, we all have only two arms and two legs." "Death is certain, life is not."

#262740 - 07/01/06 07:06 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: SmithNWessonDo]
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Does anyone have a link to a video clip of someone actually doing a straight blast?
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#262741 - 07/05/06 01:08 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: Stormdragon]
ShikataGaNai Offline

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Don't know of one, but if you google "chain punching" you'll see pretty much the same thing. If anything, this is a great move if you can get directly to someone's head - continuous, quick punching should theoretically rattle their brain around so much to KO or seriously debilitate their motor skills. It's a nasty trick, but it needs to be set up properly.

#262742 - 07/05/06 07:01 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: Mike_L]
JKogas Offline

Registered: 01/25/03
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...this is a good question. Is it better to get many small powered punches in, or a few hard punches in?

The "Boxing Blast" may be slower than the more traditional "vertical" blast, but it isn't THAT slow.

Hawkins Cheung has (according to Burton Richardson) adopted the boxing blast over the vertical blast in his Wing Chun practice.


#262743 - 07/19/06 01:07 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: JKogas]
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Registered: 05/11/05
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Loc: Nashville
A lot of JKD folks such as Paul Vunak seem to swear by the straight blast. I've seen it used before in a street fight in Hawaii, where MMA is extremely popular. It was a smaller guy (though in excellent shape, and clearly a martial artist by his response), and he did a straight blast to a much bigger guy. Like most real fights, it went to the ground, but the smaller guy clearly knew BJJ as well and he seemed to take it to the ground on purpose... the bigger guy was on top, but the smaller guy immediately had him in full guard with the legs and then he was able to leverage him, turn him around on his back and straighten his body. It looked like he was going to do some sort of submission, but the fight was stopped by other people.

But the blast really stunned the guy and he nearly fell over before it was taken to the ground. He walked away with a bloody face, and the smaller guy had no visible damage. He didn't do a complete centerline blast, but got some face strikes in too.

Good stuff. The smaller guy was totally dominant and the blast was completely effective against a much larger opponent. It allowed him to do what it's intended for: throw him off balance, stun and take control.

#262744 - 07/20/06 12:22 AM Re: Straight blast [Re: ShikataGaNai]
JKD__ Offline

Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 7
the straight blast is like a right cross in boxing right???
yeah but it's hard to tell how much force it has when you're puching the air...but if it hits something then you know how good it is...(i've used it alot it's better than what my teachers told me to use )
it's even better when you aim for the nose,mouth,eye

#262745 - 07/20/06 12:07 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: MartialMack]
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Alot of people swear by the straight blast because it was rumored to be one of Bruce Lee's favorite techniques.

As suggested above, I still ponder that if you used more powerful punches within its charge, instead of series chain punches why not 1-2 fast hits & then a power shot. I wonder if all that tussling and the other strikes would be needed? Now its always wise to have a alternative plan, which is all I'm saying.

#262746 - 07/20/06 01:58 PM Re: Straight blast [Re: Stormdragon]
JustGuess Offline

Registered: 03/07/06
Posts: 72
Loc: Indiana

Does anyone have a link to a video clip of someone actually doing a straight blast?

This is a highlight clip of Vitor Belfort. He uses a straight blast, or at least something a lot like it, at around 3:25. It really shows how effective it can be if you time it properly and have enough power behind it.

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