Power Generation through Kime or Focus

This is a post I made on the Traditional Fighting Arts forum that I thought I should cross-post on this blog.


Kime. I've never seen the kanji nor have I read up on the meaning. I know the concept as being associated with the 'focus' for strikes typically like the one you see in an oizuke or reverse snap punch.

The concept that I communicate in my Taekwondo class is described by muscle lock down at the point of impact and just beyond in order to transmit greater force by increasing the mass associated with the weapon. It's the F=MA equation. For some strikes, like penetrative or thrusting motions, a systemic contraction of the entire body can link the striking tool to the greater mass of the human body, the body's inertia, or to the ground. It does not typically relate to swinging or whipping moves as those derive power mostly from the 'A' in F=MA.

Muscle lock down for a traditionally performed front lunge punch or oizuke is easy. Muscle lock down for a oizuke done with back foot off the ground is more difficult, but it is possible. This is so long as the arm is rotated in order for the lats to lock down the arm to the moving body, and for the muscle to allow the structure of the arm to be driven by the mass of the body core.

This is like jousting. The knight will grip the lance with his lats. He will grip the horse with his legs. Before the strike he will lean forward. Shoulder position could be slightly forward or it could be square - doesn't matter too much. Upon impact he will brace his body.

The lance, the knight, and the horse all become one unit.

This is kime.

It would not work if his arm is held loosely at his side or if he thinks the strength of his shoulder (from shoulder rotation) will knock the other knight off.


Colin Wee
Joong Do Kwan Chung Sah Nim
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supergroup7 said…
Yes Colin, I'd like to add what I have been taught about "Kime" from both my Shotokan, and Kyokushin training. It also includes the mental "intent", or in other words that surge of willpower that comes from your center being. I felt this once when my son's leg was trapped in his crib. The first time I tried to separate the bars, I engaged my body as a unite, but it wasn't enough. Then, I felt my mind, and willpower "set" in a committed feeling that I will succeed, and that NOTHING would stop me. I felt like I would risk my own self to make sure that my son would be freed. That commitment changed how my body moved, and united. It was more than just physical body mechanics.. there was something added which is untangible, and unmeasurable.

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