A video added to the website by BRITON55 (Steve) that I’ve moved here (because it deserves a thread of its own). Not something to try at home! It’s impressive to take such a blow to be sure. However, I like the way a scientific theory is put forward as a potential explanation as opposed to automatically accepting it must be something “magical”.
Without getting overly graphic, we are all aware the items being impacted do “hang loose” and are pretty movable. The skeptic in me thinks that suitable underwear would bring the testicles to the front and, while still hit, it will be after the pelvis has taken the brunt of the force and the testicles will be moved up into free space as opposed to crushed against the pelvis. Not that I really want to see how this is done, but that would be my guess ;-). Still impressive to take such a blow to the pelvis, but I doubt very much that the testicles were caught between the foot and the pelvis in this footage otherwise they would have been crushed flat. I have seen videos of this group before. Here is another below (the bit in question starts 34 second in):
While they can definitely take some solid shots, I've seen plenty of well trained people do that will no mention of ki or chi. Kyokushin fighters, for example, do it all the time (although not to the groin and throat). The throat thing does not impress me at all though as it looks very much like the throat is not being hit to me. If you slow the footage down you can see they are predominately slapping the chest (see freeze frame below of 0:58), hence the loud slapping sound, and the web of the hand is merely touching the throat.
Slow any of the throat shots down and let me know if you can see any direct blows to the throat? I could not. Am I getting too cynical in my old age? ;-) I hope not. I do however feel that talk of “magical feats” are damaging to the reputation of the martial arts and that we’d be way better off if we concentrated on solid training. It’s always a divisive subject and I think the way forward is simply for both sides to present their views and leave it for people to make up their own minds. Do I see an impressive physical feat here with regards to the groin shot? Sure. Do I see evidence of a mystical force breaking the laws of physics? Personally, no I do not.
All the best,