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A quick review of a few of the science lessons you learned in high school is all you need to start generating more power in your strikes. The concepts — mass, velocity, momentum and so on — are basic and beneficial!

We have all seen martial arts demonstrations. A master squares off against his taller and heavier opponent, extending his arm until his fist stops a mere inch from the other man’s chest. Suddenly, the master’s fist slams forward with explosive force, throwing the opponent into the air. The foe lands in a pile 8 feet from where he stood.

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In this exclusive weapons video excerpt from Tonfa: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense, karate legend Fumio Demura shows you the intersection of weapon and human form as he demonstrates tonfa blocks based on classic karate moves!

"Though not as flashy or as glamorous as the nunchaku, the tonfa is nevertheless an important tool in the kobudo tradition," says karate weapons master Fumio Demura in his classic book Tonfa: Karate Weapon of Self-Defense. "Two tonfa in the hands of an expert make a poetic and graceful contribution to the art of kata." "The tonfa is also an excellent tool for the development of stronger hands and wrists, especially for achieving necessary power in blocking and striking during empty-hand techniques," Fumio Demura continues in his karate training book. "This is where the tonfa is particularly desirable in practice over such weapons as the bo or nunchaku."

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