Bodylock I (The Catapult)

Besides being able to use my mind to strike an enemy, I learned to move my body very quickly as one unit. Most martial artists do not even know how to start. When you can move this way several things materialize.

  1. If you can move at least 100 lbs of your body weight 25 miles an hour within 3 feet of you, you will hit your enemy with 6880 lbs of pressure. This in itself is pretty phenomenal and lies at the top of any list of movement in any field. I have only known one or two of Master Reeders' students who could accomplish this feat, and none who started with him after 1964.
  2. You really learn to fly fluidly from the start of your first moment of movement.
  3. You learn to shoot your extremities outward like shooting a pistol.
  4. You learn that the objective of Kun Tao is not to punch or kick powerfully, but to move your being into an appropriate position to do whatever has to be done to survive.
  5. You learn to dissipate any hit thrown at you over your whole body. This starts to form a shield that protects you.
  6. You learn that the freeze (or knockout) starts with movement.

This is another Orange Sash training exercise that I learned exclusively from Master Reeders. I have not seen this exercise since 1964. Many men train for years to try to get their bodies to move as one unit with the hips leading the action forward, sideward, or backward. If you move this way quickly, your opponent tends to hesitate or freeze for a moment. Your opponent cannot stop your movement and feels weak inside.

To start:

  1. One man faces his opponent who stands about three feet away.
  2. The student who is learning to move correctly throws a hit and front snap kick twice in row towards his opponent.
  3. The opponent jumps backward as fast as he can and as soon as he senses or sees any movement directed at him. He keeps going back for eight to ten feet.
  4. The learning student who starts this exercise flys out with his second hit and kick, the opponent jumps backward on the first hit and kick.
  5. The learning student must never put his right leg down again until he catches or flies past his opponent.

So, to summarize this exercise, the learning student waits until his second kick and hit to fly forward in an effort to catch his opponent, while the opponent jumps backward out of harms way on the first kick and hit directed at him. The learning student has to catch his opponent while he is in the air, flying with his initial movement.

Watch for Bodylock II

Good Luck

Guy Savelli

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