WHY DRY FIRE IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN GOING TO THE RANGE – via Center Mass Group
By Chris Sajnog
Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget to breathe, very important.
Many years ago, when I first started learning Goju-Ryu karate, my sensei had a strange way of teaching this martial art. Much like Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, before I was allowed to use any technique in sparring, he had me do the single move over-and-over until it was perfect. I didn’t have to wax any cars or paint any fences (although I did paint the inside of the dojo), but I did have to perform nothing but an upper block for 6 months before I was allowed to progress on to a new move.
That’s right: I trained every day for 6 months to learn the perfect upper block. Then one day, as I was practicing, my sensei started throwing punches at my face without any forewarning. I easily blocked every punch he threw. Master that he was, he knew that by making me repeat the perfect block in practice I would be prepared for the real punch in life. And I was ready! Through his instruction, I had trained my joints and muscles to move along a single path so many times that they were unconsciously able to remember that path with amazing speed and ease. Through my training, I had mastered muscle memory.