Hi, I’m Patrick Fulop, this is Effective
Martial Arts. In this lesson: The Cross. The Cross is one of the most powerful punches
you have in your arsenal as an effective martial artist. It can create a lot of damage because
if you do it correctly, you have your entire body weight in that punch, coming at full
speed in a straight line, all the way from the back. So here’s how you do it.
Follow me as if you were looking at yourself in a mirror, and check out the side view for
a different perspective. From your basic fighting stance, you transition to your front fighting
twist, bring your weight in front, lift and pivot your back heel, turn your body outside,
fully extend your back arm, keeping your elbow in, wrist straight and tight, clenched fist,
twisted inwards. Keep your chin down, look forward, bring your shoulder to your cheek,
and protect your chin on the other side with your knuckles on your cheekbone. Take a mental
snapshot. Alright now, in two steps, from your fighting
stance. 1: transition to front fighting twist and simultaneously extend your arm, making
sure the elbow stays in along the way. Take the time to correct your final position. 2:
return to basic fighting stance. Do this a couple times till you can fall right
into the final position, with all the details correct. Foot position, knees, hips, shoulders,
firsts, chin, and eyes in front. Once you got it, start doing this with no
pause, but still relatively slowly so you can apply good technique. It’s important
to bring your arm back quickly; it should actually starts coming back as soon as it
gets there. When you’re ready, go faster and faster,
but still maintain good technique, breathe, and stay relaxed. Make sure you draw your
power all the way from the ground, and that you use all the joints in your body in harmony,
so: ankle, knee, hip, torso, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fist clenched. Only go as fast
as you can apply good technique. Accelerate progressively.
Once you can go pretty fast, try to apply it on a pad or bag to get a feel for the impact.
But be careful not to hurt yourself. Make sure your wrist is straight, tight, and start
off not too hard. You’ll want to wear gloves until you condition your knuckles. (Bob demo)
Also, while the Cross can be applied on its own, you will most likely be preceding it
with a Jab, so practice your Jab-Cross combination as well, and add a step if you feel comfortable.
Just keep in mind that when you move and punch, your step needs to be perfectly synchronized
with the strike so that you have more power, and so your strike is less predictable. You
also have to have a strong base at the moment of impact for best results.
Practice this punch on both sides. Have fun with this.
Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and hit the like button if you
enjoyed this lesson. This is just the beginning, there are many
other setups, combos and variations we’ll learn later as well.
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video tutorials. Till next time, I’m Patrick Fulop, and remember,
practice well, safety first, and use these techniques only for self-defense.