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Use Your Mind to Make Your Punches Faster!
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Note: In Tiptoeing to Tranquility, one of the methods of turning a boring activity into a fun routine is to make a game of it. This time, I decided to conduct an experiment.
My answer was to try an experiment....
Keith's Martial Arts Experiment
I wanted to get rid of this heavy feeling in my arms and mind.
I decided to imagine that my arms had been painted with a “supercharged, magic liquid,”
that made them perform like Bruce Lee, with just a touch of the Flash thrown in.
I meticulously imagined all the qualities of super-fast fists: loose until a hair before impact,
starting out of the gate at full speed, having the shoulder “follow” the movement of the arm (not precede it), and so on.
Once I had the image firmly planted in my mind, I whipped off 50 punches. Then 50 more.
The punches did “seem” a lot faster, and what’s more … my mood improved.
Before, my arms started tiring which might invalidate the experiment, I decided to plant the reverse image in my brain: I imagined the way I felt before I swabbed the imaginary ‘Flash Juice’ on my arms and fists … slow, low, with no get-up-and-go.
Not only that, but I imagined a very heavy set of wrist weights on EACH arm, slowing them down even more.
And I punched.
Sure enough, my punches dragged.
After 35-40 sluggish punches, I stopped … reapplied the “Bruce Lee sunscreen,” and whipped off another 100 punches.
Yep. They sped right back up. I wanted to say “amazing,” but frankly, after 35 yrs. as a martial artist, I kind of expected it. (Which I’m sure tainted my results … chuckle, chuckle.)
If you’re wondering how I’d wrap up this article …
All I need to say is …
How you think when you practice “does” matter.
Mindless repetition while you plan which kind of sauce to put on your pasta tonight, or …
focused practice … practicing with intent … doing what it takes to squeeze every ounce out of your practice sessions??
Talk to you, soon,
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