Having studied with lots of different individuals over two and a half decades, I have been exposed to some pretty esoteric concepts and techniques. Here are some of the most interesting fighting techniques that I have come across. I have a buddy who is (ahem) rather portly. Shaped like a ball. He has a lot of strength and pretty good hands, but obviously doesn’t throw kicks over his head. But man, does he know how to throw his weight around to control the ring! I remember watching a mob movie once where a huge guy like my buddy got into a fight in a bar and basically grabbed the bar and crushed the other guy against it using his body weight. My buddy has never done that as far as I know, but I have seen him go “Kung Fu Panda” on people and purposely step/stomp on their feet so that they become distracted and unable to use that foot, thus limiting the weapons that they can use against him. Brilliant use of the available resources.
Accepting your physical limitations and being able to actually turn them into a tactical advantage is a tradition of the martial arts. Tonfa and nunchaku were originally grain threshers. Bruce Lee’s poor eyesight helped lead him to close-in fighting in wing chung, and his shorter leg enhanced his spin kicks.
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