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Light Weight

I have a student who weighs less than 100 pounds. When considering how one would do in a fight (self defense situation), size and weight are usually important factors.

So I said to the student, "even though you do not weigh much, how would you feel if someone hit you in the face with a 5 pound brick?"

100 pounds does not sound like much, but a 5 pound brick in the face sounds pretty heavy!

One of the goals of Karate is to be able to focus as much power as possible in as small an area as possible, striking with as small and solid a surface as possible. The actually pounds per square inch delivered can be great!

Which would do more damage -- being struck with a 5 pound mallet or a 5 pound pick?

Weight is relative.


Charles C. Goodin