When you practice striking and punching, you should always try to hit about 4 inches beyond the target. Don’t hit the surface of the target, hit the core!
A relaxed hand will move faster than a fist. Therefore, try to keep your hands slightly open until the instant they are about to hit the target. Then contract them! When for instance your arm is taut, your muscles work against each other, wasting unnecessary energy. Save this energy by always being relaxed during movements and only taut on impact.
A strike very seldom comes alone! A first strike is more likely to be the aiming-point for a series of strikes.
If you cannot reach as far as your opponent’s head, then aim for his arms instead, and disable his guard.
A neat trick is to step on his front foot with your own front foot, at the same time as your strike hits. This will make him lose his balance, and he might even fall.
One most effective version is executed by lowering your striking arm somewhat and locking it in a 90 degree-angle at the elbow. Now, in a quick and explosive manner, you rotate your entire torso and strike him with your fist (your thumb on top). This way you will hit your opponent with a hook.
A very efficient feint, is executed by first performing “half a strike” with your rear hand and then, immediately executing a heavy knockout blow with the other one. What happens here (if the opponent buys your feint, of course) is that he reacts by trying to block your feinted strike, thus exposing himself to an attack with your front hand.
In a serious fight, which usually is decided very quickly, you had better be sharp and start feinting right away.
The techniques for breaking boards, rocks, bricks, etc is considered very fascinating by many people. Others see no point in it. However, sometimes during practise/grading, there are some simple breaking techniques performed, mostly as a confidence-raising event for the students and for the examiner to see if the student are able to focus and to use his will-power.
When performing an attack, it’s good to attack using a small area, as small as possible, such as the elbow, two knuckles and so on. A stroke with your fingertips, concentrates the power so that the power can be up to 12 times more powerful than an ordinary kind. With this knowledge, it is beneficial to use objects like the kobutan or keys in a self defence situation.