Wolf Style: The Way of the Emboldened Fist
by Joel Fernandez
Bruce Lee once said that if the crane style had been invented by a cripple, it would have produced an army of cripples. That is why he invented Jeet Kune Do, the way of the intercepting fist. He believed that traditional martial arts had become too rigid and unrealistic when compared to the spontaneity of street fights. It is the form without form, or the style without a style and so on and so forth. If you have ever been in street fight, you might understand how different it might look when compared to highly choreographed fight scenes or even organized fighting competitions. Today we will discuss why one’s martial art should be should be directly aligned with one’s own fighting spirit.
Saying that the crane style would have produced an army of cripples if it had been invented by a cripple is a clever way of saying that adherence to the rigid structure of a traditional martial art leaves one open to the weaknesses that are inherent to that particular style. That is to say that if for some unfortunate reason you were to get into a random fight with a person that is familiar with your style while you are unfamiliar with theirs, chances are that it would not end well for you if your opponent can match your physicality in kind.
Wolf style incorporates elements of Jeet Kune Do philosophy without the presumption of being as gifted as the immortal dragon himself. It is about punishing opponents that insist on being uncomfortably close during combat. Ideally, one would have to understand the principle of the one inch punch. That is striking hard without needing a lot of space to generate strength. While other martial arts rely on full extension of the limbs, wolf style aims to achieve maximum impact while the arms and legs are bent at a 90 degree angle, give or take a few degrees.
In essence, wolf style is about making opponents who tend to grapple while striking second guess their decision to do so. This goal can be achieved by incorporating elbows, fists, palm thrusts and knees into combos that take advantage of the fact that one’s opponent can only defend from so many angles simultaneously. If one’s opponent aims to tie up the arms as a means to avoid strikes, one must use knees to soften their grip and then strike with a combination of elbows, fists and palm thrusts in whatever order that seems most advantageous at the moment.
If the face is guarded, strike the kidney. If the elbows are blocking the kidney, that means that the face is open. If that is the case, strike the nose with the first kind of strike that comes to your mind. With enough experience, one can instinctively know to perceive strength and weakness in the opponent’s defense at the same time and then proceed to attack the weaknesses as they appear.
Upper body strikes should be intercepted at their point of origin. Placing the forearms along the inner part of the opponents shoulder is the best way to neutralize a flurry of strikes. If one’s opponent is exceptionally proficient at kicking, it is important to understand that kicks that require full extension of the legs can be intercepted in the space between the hip and the knee along the femur. If you try to block a fully extended kick with your arms below the opponent’s knee, that is a fast way to get one’s forearms broken.
The best option for kicks that start from too far away to intercept along the femur is to dodge and then counter attack. Or maybe just dodge by jumping backwards before attempting to reengage.
Any kick that involves 360 degree rotation should be punished severely with a counterattack of your choice. Ideally, a heavy kick anywhere on their back during their rotation could end the fight. During competitions, points are awarded for technique and the number of strikes. In street fights there is no point system, thus the goals are altogether different. If ever the opportunity to end the fight arises, it must be taken without hesitation irrespective of the brutality of the method. Even if it means breaking limbs.
The human body has weak points that should be focused on in order to end the fight as quickly as possible. The nose is the first one that comes to mind because it does not require an exceptional amount of strength to break it. If people were conscious of just how easy it is to break a collar bone, they would be weary of every opponent, regardless of skill level. The forearms and the shins can be broken if struck with enough force at the right angle. Let’s go over examples of both.
The forearm can be broken by striking it while the opponents forearm is up against a hard surface that does not support the whole forearm. For example, when half of the forearm is pressed up against the wall and the other half is touching air. If on the ground, hooking the opponent’s arm and then rolling in the direction that moves away from their front side while they are on their stomach will result in a fracture eventually. Even though it is difficult to predict where the fracture will occur, the result will be satisfactory nonetheless.
The shins might take more than one strike, depending on the strength of the practitioner. If ever you find yourself with your arms tied up in a grapple. A hard downward kick to the shin could break it. If the angle won’t allow it, aim for the the part of the foot that is closest to the shin. With any luck, you will cause a dislocation and your adversary will lose the will to fight.
The sternum is another weak spot that you must strike in a very specific way. Ideally one would strike the middle of the rib cage just above the stomach with an open palm thrust because that kind of strike can be delivered with more accuracy in the heat of the moment. If you ever find yourself fighting an opponent that prefers to roll around on the ground, the objective should be to break a limb or gouge the eyes. Getting a hold of an arm and then rolling on top of them away from their desired direction is the fastest way to accomplish that goal.
While at home, it is very important to practice combos that incorporate fists, palm trusts, elbows and knees in a fluid way. This can be done by using a corner of a wall that sticks out. Practice combos on the corner without breaking the wall or your body until the pain becomes unbearable. If the inside of your home is made of drywall, it would be better to practice on the cinder-block corners outside. With enough practice at home and experience in the wild, you will learn how to execute each strike in the combination with devastating efficiency.
Despite the aggressive nature of wolf style, it is very important to avoid recklessly challenging people for no reason. Firstly because fighting can get one thrown in jail. Secondly, by refusing to fight until it’s absolutely necessary, you will increase the probability that your adversary will be an undisciplined and sloppy one. Anyone who fights unnecessarily has not developed the respect for mortal combat that comes with the growing pains of experience and thus will not have the skills necessary to beat a skilled and disciplined fighter. If you choose to execute these techniques until your opponent dies, be aware of the laws in whatever country that you live in and act accordingly. With time, you will develop a bold spirit that will strive for victory as if it were the only choice.
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