Karate Punching Techniques
There are many Karate Punching Techniques, but one of the most interesting in the martial arts is putting out a candle. This technique is better than using karate punching bags, or boards, or anything. It is simple, almost anyone can put out a candle, but it does take a bit of work and intelligence. Once people can put out a candle, that is where the true martial art begins.
To put out a candle with a karate punching technique you have to stop your fist an inch from the candle and let the woosh of air drain oxygen from the candle. This is just the beginning, though, and if pursued it can lead to higher ability. One can even put out a candle from across the room.
When stopping the karate punch in this manner one learns to focus muscles, and thus one gains on a physical level. To reach higher stages of martial arts training you must not concentrate on stopping the muscles, but on not allowing yourself to be distracted from the pure launch of intention. This is the real key.
The second step is to stop your fist about two inches from the candle. The further away you punch from the less the flow of air is effected, and this is where the launch of intention is begun. It is intention that you must create to make the candle go out.
Actually, it is better to start this second stage of training at about a foot, although you may have to try different distances, even up to a dozen feet or more, to find the distance that is best for making your intention work. When you stop your karate punch you must keep your eyes on the candle. Do not watch it hard, just observe and forget about punching. Relaxation is how you are going to make this trick work, for intention will flow better when you are relaxed
The thing that many people find difficult to understand is that their real body is not the flesh envelope they are wearing, their real body is the world that they perceive. Thus, to learn how to launch intention is to break free of the desire to build muscles, and to concentrate on the ability to change the things that are outside the body. And, as I said, perceptions, the kind necessary to put out a candle across a room, work best when one is relaxed, and through the space created by perceptions.
Not air, or even brick or wood, or other things, for they are merely ideas held in place to support the idea of your real body. What is real is space, vacuum, nothingness, emptiness.
What I have said here is alien concept to most people, yet it is apparent after a length of study of such things as classical karate. So place the candle across the room, still the mind until it is as peaceful as a coal mine at midnight, and practice launching your relaxed and certain intention, and your karate punching techniques will slowly but surely improve, and far beyond what mortal man expects.