Knockout Tips for Martial Arts


Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com and Happy Life
Martial Arts. I bet every person who’s ever stood in front
of a punching bag or taken a Karate class has dreamed about knocking out a bad guy with
that one big, superhero punch. Well, grow up. Fighting is not that simple. Today, I want to share my advice on a more
practical approach to knockouts. Ah, heck—I’ll tell you right now. The secret to a knockout in the real world
is a simple formula I call the three Ts. That stands for Target, Technique, and Timing. Hit the right spot with the right strike at
the right time and you might just get that knockout you’ve been dreaming about. Or not. Let’s talk a little bit more about knockouts. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I’m
going to anyway—knockouts are serious business. Knocking someone out is just a fun way of
saying inflicting brain trauma. So, don’t walk into training trying to knock
out your friends or training partners. And don’t let them try to knock you out,
either. Protect your brain. Okay. The three Ts. First T, target. When we talk about knockouts, we’re talking
about strikes to the head and the neck. Now, I’m sure you’ve seen videos where
martial artists put on a demonstration and they knock people out by striking the arms
or the legs, but keep in mind, those are demonstrations. Now, I’m not saying those aren’t good
techniques, but I’ve taken my fair share of hits to the arm and leg—some of them
so hard I wish I had been knocked out–but have I ever been hit on the arm or the leg
so hard that I blacked out, woke up in a pool of drool, and asked what day it was? No. Not yet at least. Targeting the head for a knockout is not rocket
science. This is the easy T. Hit anywhere on the head
hard enough and there’s a chance you’re going to get a knockout. That said, there are certain spots that have
proven to require a little less effort to get the knockout effect. Now, I’m not a doctor, so I’m not going
to take time to explain to you why these targets are more effective, just make the note that
they are. So, where are the spots? Okay. The button, the jawline, the temple region,
behind the ear, the back of the head. No secrets here. I’ll bet you knew all those spots already,
right? Sure. You were born with a head. You know where all the soft spots are. That’s why I don’t mind mentioning them
in this video. I’m not that crazy! Of course, knowing where to hit me is completely
worthless if you can’t hit me. Which brings us to the second T, technique. Good news. Any strike has the potential to knock someone
out. Punches, palms, elbows, knees, kicks… whatever. Your job as a martial artist is to figure
out which strikes you like, then make sure that each one of them is solid. By solid, I mean that you can hit a target
with enough speed and power that the bad guy feels it, doesn’t like it, and you don’t
hurt yourself in the process. Not just once, but over and over again. So, if you love a left hook, drill it. If you love a slap upside the head, drill
it. If you love a spinning, flying headbutt, drill
it. And then send me a video because that’s
pure crazy. The Third T is for timing. Now, I know I said you want to be able to
strike with speed and power. But hold on—being fast and strong is not
the secret to a knockout. That’s caveman thinking. As you evolve as a martial artist, and by
evolve I mean, grow older, you’re going to find out that you can’t always rely on
speed and power. When your hair starts turning gray, the whole
project of self-defense shifts from being a physical project to a strategic project. It’s not just learning how to strike, it’s
learning how to set up your strikes. Think about it. If you watch boxing, you don’t see guys
getting knocked out by some new punch that nobody’s ever heard of before. Guys aren’t waking up on the canvas going,
“What was that? You call that an uppercut? Uppercut? Where’d you learn that?” No. It’s not the punch that’s surprising, it
was the set up. That’s what makes sucker punches so effective. There is no defense. You can’t miss. That’s why I would rather land a medium
speed, medium power punch that the bad guy doesn’t see coming than start swinging full
speed, full power punches that the bad guy does see coming. It doesn’t matter how fast and strong I
am, if I let the bad guy shell up, slip, bob, weave, roll, I’m never going to knock him
out. Now, the bad news is you can’t practice
set ups on your own. Correction. You CAN, but you’ll be buying a ticket to
Fantasy Land. Ah, Fantasy Land. A place where you’ll never get hurt and you’ll
never lose. But hey, Hotpants—step outside your bedroom
and you’re going to get your ticket punched. If you really want to develop your timing,
you have to work out with partners who are trying to tag you and take you down. That is the only way you will ever figure
out how to put the right target with the right technique at the right time. Two more important points. First, a word on strategy. If you want to knock out a bad guy in a self-defense
situation, then don’t think about knocking out the bad guy. Just keep striking. If one of those strikes leads to a knockout,
great! Say thank you and run to safety. But if you go into a self-defense situation
expecting a knockout, if you throw a punch and then stop to watch him fall and then say,”Whoops,
that didn’t work.” Too late. That’s going to get you killed. So, in your training, don’t think about
knockout punches. Don’t think, “Jab, jab, ZING! Knockout!” No. That doesn’t work. Instead, focus on throwing your punches in
bunches. Throwing a combination is a better strategy
than trying to land that one, big, superhero knockout punch. Second point. Remember that it’s not just the strike that
can knock someone out, it can also be the reaction to the strike. If I take a hit, then stumble back and slam
my head into a wall or if I take a fall and smash my head into the ground, I might not
just knocked out, I could be killed, even if that wasn’t your intention. That’s why we should all, on Team Good Guys,
avoid fighting whenever possible. You’ve got to accept the fact that you don’t
control as much as you think you do and you certainly can’t predict everything that’s
going to happen in a fight. So, if you can talk or run to avoid a fight,
talk or run. Okay. That’s my advice for knockouts. If you want to land that one, big knockout
punch in a self-defense situation, then focus your training on smart targets, solid techniques,
and above all else, slick timing. Do all that and who knows? Maybe you can fight like a real-life superhero. If you liked this video, thanks for giving
it a thumbs up and don’t forget to subscribe to this channel. Until next time, go make your life a knockout. Keep fighting for a happy life.

34 thoughts on “Knockout Tips for Martial Arts

  1. I really dont understand this video at all and its underlying meaning. I am struggling to understand your martial arts background, you are still carrying tension in your shoulders. The context that you are putting it within are highly dangerous scenarios and I dont understand why you are promoting it as such, aiming for a knockout outside of sport (protective gear) or sanctioned bouts can literally lead to somebody being seriously injured or even death. Any number or scenarios can occur whereby a person is injured and dies. Simply walk away unless it is life and death. And I dont understand how you can say martial artists transfer from physical project to a strategic project, if anything martial artists tend to soften as they evolve and move energy. Is strategy not developed from the very beginning of martial arts learning? Knocking out a bad guy in a self defense situation would be a complicated process, under ideal circumstances yes but there are potentially too many varies to consider in first place, knock him out only for him to crack his skull on the pavement and you are up for murder. Why not give the talk you give at the end, at the beginning about talking and running?

  2. One of my friends know how to not get knocked out so easily u have to time it right and as soon as you get hit go with it don't struggle move ur head with the punch ur not going to be able to block and move out the way all the time

  3. I study all different fighting I don't just use Kung fu I mix it up use every part that I learned into one but he's right I have to use ur brain in a fight u can't just start swinging and don't keep using the same fighting combo that's how people adapt

  4. Well correction on the part about fantasyland I once lost to my opponent in shadowboxing. Yep you read it correct shadowboxing. Inspired by Grappler Baki

  5. hahaha man u are really great ! combining funny things and giving always right messages in your videos also!! I really appreciate u and now I became ur subscriber!! keep on going big buddy!!

  6. As our sifu always told us: "Mean every strike as a knockout but do never expect them to be."
    Basically, this means that every strike you land must aim to knock the ennemy out, but the fight isn't over until he lies unconscious on the floor or runs away.

    This is not a game, it goes on life or death.
    When knocked out you temporarily lose all of your muscle tonus, which means you go limb and have no control over your fall.
    A knockout can be deadly if one hits their head or neck while falling down.
    Don't do it for fun, only if there is no possibility of avoiding the fight or of running away.

  7. Hello sir Ando, i never been a big fan of knockouts cause in my experience… as short person i prefer to disable my opponents (i loving stamping on their toes and kicking on their knees;P) rather than going for knockouts and it works for me as well as its very effective.

  8. thanks man i was thinking to fight with someone and kill him with a lot of punches!!Now i willl avoid fight until he stays cool and not saying Bad Words….

  9. It's cool to make a video about good fighting tips to knock someone out, but a much less talked about subject I think would be about the steps afterwards, when you have an unconscious person on the ground in front of you. Everyone likes to imagine landing that good blow in a self-defense moment, or even perhaps in sparring or a tournament, but isn't that what the art itself is already trying to teach you? Let's face it, if you box, spar, fight, or train in any martial arts, then you will spend MUCH more time fighting people you don't necessarily want to hurt, in training, than you will out on the street. The chances that someone is going to go unconscious in front of you are in favor of it happening in the dojo than anywhere else, and when that moment comes how you act and what you do could be just as important as what you were doing before the knockout.

    I have seen it a few times already and I'm not even an instructor or in any leading role, and once or twice (not even necessarily due to anyone else's actions other than my own) it has been me that slowly loses their vision, feels the blood drain from my face and ends up sitting/laying on the floor for a while. All too often the responses are slow, both on the part of the person who may have knocked the other out and on the instructor or medical staff nearby, waiting to see if the victim is truly unconscious or not. A good video that just explains the basic signs that someone is in trouble, how to react to the severity of each sign, and what to do if someone truly falls/is knocked unconscious would probably work wonders!

  10. Its possible to knock out someone just by hitting there hand I've seen it in class in sparing oh and sparing sucks cause i don't learn o just play a game of dumb rules hopping around in a ring normal self defense is way way better

  11. What about a serious blow targeting liver position or lower belly part or other inner body parts? :p I think body is a bigger target then head as I faced it once :p and could not move with comfort for 3 days. Even waking up from sleep was much more painful. BTW I don't like the idea of knocking someone out.

  12. The best figth is not to figth. One that has the knowledge and the techniques know that a good punch can get you hospitalized or killed its that simple

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