It’s called “sinking” or “dropping heavy”.
This concept was first introduced to me by my teacher, Kyushi Troy Price. We use it quite frequently in Jutsu practice but it has several applications in our traditional karate program as well.
Dropping heavy is when the body completely relaxes as it collapses towards the ground. At the same time, the lower body rebounds off of the ground creating tremendous energy. This motion gives your strike or take down tremendous power.
For the beginner, we practice this concept with elbow 11 & 12 in Elbow Form 1. This is a strike typically used when you have put your attacker in a bent over position with their upper body parallel to the ground. The target is the back of the head, the back of the neck or their spine.
What are some of the advantages of sinking or dropping heavy when striking?
Here are are few.
It requires no great strength
It’s fast – it requires no chamber
It’s very energy efficient – delivers tremendous power quickly
It’s angular friendly – meaning you can implement in just about any position
Not only do we use this technique for striking, we also use it for more sophisticated take downs.
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