A quick question for you regarding the step-through punch. I recently spoke to my instructor about dropping this from our self protection syllabus and he advised me not to. This is my question to him:
"Basically I was thinking of dropping the training of the step-through punch but I then remembered that you do a lot of those attacks when we train. Can you give me some details of why it is important to train this? My reasoning for dropping it was that you never see this in a self defence situation but I’m sure you have many reasons for training this and that I just don’t understand them! Can you educate me on this?"
He responded with:
"its not a long answer mate..its all down to body mechanics .. you have to 'know' your attackers momentum and follow through...simply put we over-egg the pudding..by understanding this step-through you will be better prepared for a 'lesser' momentum."
I respectfully told him that I thought it was totally different and could be elaborate, he didn't. So with this in mind Iain, can you or someone here explain to me why it is important to train it for self protection? And perhaps a brief explanation as to why it is used in karate training to this day.
Many thanks in advance.