PunchKit – Soldiering On (Mook Jong Style)

MookJong

So after my previous post and having talked to Dan about wanting to head in a new direction with PunchKit we kind of went full circle and agreed I sould solider on and continue developing it as a compositional instrument. With  little time to go to the hand-in it really isn’t feasible to start something else now so I just have to work with what I’ve got and try as hard as possible to make adjustments in order to improve the sound output.

One conern I raised with Dan was that it seemed hard for users to create a level of complexity/speed whilst interacting with PunchKit in a traditional ‘punching’ manner, mainly due to the limitation of only two inputs at one time. Talking this through Dan suggested I look into a number of martial arts and the techniques some use to create fluid motion. One such martial art is Wing Tsun led by Leung Ting. In this martial art (and many others) people train on a Mook Jong (Wooden Dummy) and doing so build up a fast, precise hitting technique. The video below shows you what I am referring to:

Now I am not proposing I step up and perform like this on the day – but I think it would help to take on board how you move your body in this technique, and how, although not demonstrated in the video above, you should sometimes use a flat hand instead of a fist as this gives more flexibility and makes it easier to move between pads as you can use either the palm or top side of your hand.


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