The pullback of one hand while punching with the other hand is also an extreme movement. In actual usage, the pullback is a subtle movement that occurs during a punch, not as a separate motion. Reasons for the pullback include:
- Extends movement of torso to add power to the technique.
- Helps maintain balance.
- Helps in contracting the whole body.
- Helps connect the technique to the strong base foot of the stance.
- Helps center the mind on the centerline of the body rather than on just the punching side. When punching, the tendency is to reach forward so that the arms move independently from the body. This tendency is called being "top heavy." We want techniques that are rooted in the feet and expressed at the top.
- Uses the equal and opposite movement to add power to the technique.
- Adds rotational energy to the technique.
- May be used to pull the opponent into the attack.
Have you ever tries to pull someone while you are punching? It is not easy, especially for a smaller person to pull a larger person. Actually, a grab while punching helps stabilize you and the opponent as you pull yourself into the opponent. Your pull inhibits the opponent's movement and adds the power of the pull to your attack. "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction." Pulling one side of the body helps propel the other side forward adding to your power
In free-sparring, the opposite hand is not pulled back as it is in performing patterns, but it is still pulled back. From a fighting guard position, as we jab, the opposite arm is contracted for an instant. It does not move much but the pulling reflex learned as a beginner is still there doing its job.
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