The Galloping Horse

What is it? The galloping horse is a rhythmic method of striking for maximum effect. All three strikes must hit the same spot on the opponent. It is used to disrupt the flesh and then penetrate into the target area twice. These movements are often hidden in the kata and bunkai. If taught correctly, they should be explicit in the kata in order to perfect this method of striking.

Characteristics of the Gallop
When performed properly, it makes the sound {ba dum, dum}. For comparison, it is similar to the horse-gallop-clap young children make with their hands and knees. Regardless of the striking point, the rhythm must be readily heard. It is the result of proper timing.

Why is it important? The body and skin nerves are unprepared for the immediate follow up strikes. The first strike is not a hard strike. Rather, it is a softening blow. For opponents who are trained (or used) to being hit, this first blow is prepared for. The key elements of this gallop are the second and third strikes. The nervous system is recovering from the first blow. When the other attacks hit the same spot, it causes more shock and more pain. It penetrates the body, amplifying the strike’s impact.

It softens the opponent up. After a few galloping hits, the opponent should be demoralized. This is especially true if it’s to the body, attacking the internal organs. The deep penetration of the galloping strikes will erode the defenses of the opponent.

Ideally, you will develop this with multiple hand combination routines. Don’t disregard kicks, elbows and other strikes. You must have accuracy with each strike. The galloping horse strikes must be on the same spot to work. As with all strikes, continue to use the waist for power. Allow your body to utilize circling power generated by the waist for all the strikes. It is better to maximize a powerful strike than a weak, arm-only strike.

Review of Benefits
The galloping horse strikes maximize the results of your attack. It weakens the defenses of the opponent. This striking method amplifies the impact and penetration of the punches. When used with the waist power, you improve your martial form with correct movements. Rhythm is the key to self-defense and combat.