Master Hohan Soken’s Third Rule for Training in the Martial Arts: All physical and mental training of karate should be combined as one – heart, mind, and body in unison at all times.
Master Hohan Soken’s Second Rule for Training in the Martial Arts: During training, concentrate to the limit of mental endurance.
Master Hohan Soken’s First Rule for Training in the Martial Arts: Always act in a courteous manner.
Master Nagamine’s Seventh Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: Sighting the opponent must include seeing the whole opponent. See with the mind, not just with the eyes. Look into his eyes.
Master Nagamine’s Sixth Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: The block must break the opponent’s balance; it must not give the opponent a chance to attack again.
Master Nagamine’s Fifth Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: Your “third eye” must be able to judge your distance to that of your opponent. Don’t stand in front of your opponent, but let him stand in front of you.
Master Nagamine’s Fourth Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: There must be good hand/feet coordination.
Master Nagamine’s Third Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: Distancing between self and opponent must be accurate.
Master Nagamine’s Second Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: Hands must move with smooth coordination.
Master Nagamine’s First Rule for an Effective Fighting Technique: Block and counter-attack must be one movement. One action contains two acts.
A simple piece of equipment you can use to strengthen your thumb for pressure point striking is created by mounting an empty peanut can on a wall (secure it to the wall with a screw through the bottom) and then attaching its plastic lid. Practice striking the lid with a pressure point thumb strike (a thrust punch with the thumb placed between, and protruding through, the index and middle fingers) until you can easily puncture it. At this point, place two lids on the can (one on top of the other) and tape them down with duct tape. When you can puncture both lids with a pressure point strike you’ll be able to activate pressure points with deadly effectiveness. To learn more about this training tip see our Pressure Point Street Fighting tape.
A good way to strengthen your thumb so that you can more effectively activate “push” pressure points is to repeatedly push the tip of your thumb into a tennis ball. This will provide a type a resistance training for the thumb and improve your grip strength. To learn more about this training tip see our Pressure Point Clinic Tape #1.
When activating a “push” pressure point, be sure to use the tip of your thumb rather than the “flat” portion. In other words, “dig-in” with the thumb like you’re trying to get a starting point when peeling an orange. Don’t push with the flat portion of the thumb like you’re being finger-printed.