Once Upon A Time In The Real World

When I made a contribution to martial arts

I had a lot of training in my youth. I had military officer training at the National Defence Academy of India for 3 years, and then another six months at the Indian Military Academy.

I took some Karate training in the "Karate Kid" days, when Karate was hot, not too long after Bruce Lee had popularized martial arts.

I have high adrenaline training, not just from army but from days of other adrenaline intensive sports.

I am also kind of big on physics.

So I was able to come up with a new martial arts move, that put my skills together. I was reminded of it when watching the latest Tarantino movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood".

I doubt that I would have been able even to get under Bruce Lee's guard if I ever had to face him in a ring. Yet, if I was able to misdirect him or surprise him in any way at all, the move itself works against any physical human body.

I haven't explained the move for as a potential fighter, you need to keep advantages. But now I am clearly past my prime, so I can divulge it.

The move is simply based on something the Indian army used to teach as "Dhaawaa" and the British referred to as "Charge", basically the trench warfare based on bayonets.

The infantry doesn't teach sophisticated moves to all its soldiers. The infantry just focuses on getting out the right fighting emotions - the controlled release of fury. Scientifically speaking, it's just an ability to be able to handle your own adrenaline, that the militaries of the past used to want their soldiers to have in close combat.

Combining that psychological attitude, with Karate attitude of using situations cleverly, and physics, the move works very well for a short guy like me, against someone appreciably taller.

Basically you are looking for an opportunity to get past their guard. If you can misdirect your opponent into thinking the fight is going to be a squeezing/grappling move or something where they might leave their guard open against poor little you, so much the better.

Once inside their guard, you have to have a very clear sense of where the "center of mass" is going to be. This would depend upon their physical structure. Then, it depends on how much you can lift, how much you can throw, how far you can throw it, under a full adrenaline powered "charge" with both hands and your full body support behind the charge.

I can testify that for people good at physics, it is possible to get a good intuitive feel of the trajectory your opponent's body will take, and if you do it right, you can figure out a trajectory and spin such that they will end up standing on their feet when they land, given some good balancing ability on their end. (Doesn't always work, this is very fine motor control, you have to figure out the direction and spin just right.)

It is not a "shove" move like the one shown in Karate Kid-3, or a Judo-style "throw" like the ones shown in other movies (including the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood scene.) It is something different. If done right, the opponent's body literally flies high through the air and ends up several feet away. (And hopefully, you haven't aimed it at a car.)

So that's my contribution to the fine martial arts. I would hope Shaolin would consider adding it to their repertoire if it's not already there.

No, martial artists cannot fight bullets. Bullets win. A sniper can take out any martial artist. But martial arts do have their own beauty. You can decide things with sport, without actually killing anybody. If charging, it's a charge without a bayonet. And martial arts training ideally is a kind of meditation, so it gives you good mental attitudes.