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"First you attempt to strike, then you attempt to break, but you are still trying to strike" -Master Lomas

Striking is extremely important because it is often times the most common of attacks, and the quickest and simplest of reactions available. Regardless of whether a fight ends up on the ground or involves joint locking, it will most often be punctuated by striking. Blocking such attacks, as well as delivering your own is very important.

Application: Do not be misled by instructors selling a particular martial art: striking can be very dangerous. However, striking's effectiveness is determined by three factors: speed, power, and placement. Speed entails the frequency of the opponent being struck. Power is the amount of force delivered. Placement is arguably the most important of the three factors; the strike has to be not only in a weak area of the body, but also in concert with the battle plan.

Training: As we discussed in application, striking can be very dangerous, even in training. Protective equipment should be worn whenever practical as you should be training with a certain degree of force. However, it is critical that you understand that injuries to self or others does nothing to increase your skill.


Above: Full contact sparring while training in Mu Han Do. Mu Han Do, Karate, and Muy Tai kickboxing are examples of martial arts that emphasize striking, and are known as "striking arts"