Let’s do something interesting. Let’s apply the basic principles and concepts utilized in a straight punch to the process of swinging a stick. We don’t have to dig too deep or analyze each movement at a microscopic level.

When a Krav Maga practitioner throws a straight punch to enter (let’s say, pre-emptively) a fight, he or she must first avoid telegraphing the punch. The punching hand needs to come from wherever it is located directly to the target – assume the hands are up. The hand and arm are ideally situated so that the silhouette of the body runs outside the shape of the arm (to avoid rods in the eyes quickly identifying your movement).

We’ll need to move, in general, using the hands, body, feet principle – sending the hands towards the target, followed by the start of the body rotation, and then the movement of the feet forward at the target. As the left foot lands and anchors the body to the floor, the hips and shoulders finish rotating and the hand (fist) drives through the target.

This movement is very deceptive and ultra efficient. The question is…can we take the principles of a right punch and apply them to a right-handed swing of the stick. You bet…check out the video to see how this works.

…walk in peace.

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  1. Max A


    How could we adapt this technique for a heavier/larger stick that requires two hands?


  2. Alan

    Great video. Moving the concepts of a straight punch to swinging a stick is something that I never thought about but the video really does a great jobs explaining things.

  3. CJK


    You could certainly utilize the concept for a heavier stick, but I’d advise you to lighten the stick up a bit to leave your off-hand free to facilitate movement, clear, push, pull, defend, strike, etc.

    What you’re describing can be done, and it’s often done in Japanese sword arts – where the effect of the weapon’s impact can be an immediate show-stopper.

    Watch the video again. Instead of putting one hand on the stick, use two. Follow the same concept and path of the stick. Also, looking into Iaido for more concepts and ideas.