Also read: Increasing Punching and Striking Power with Dropping Energy and the No-inch Punch
In a fight for your life, in 3 seconds or less, you want to deliver as many strikes as fast and powerfully as you can to the most lethal targets. As Master Al likes to say, "you have to bring the house!" to demolish and destroy the enemy...because the clock is ticking. In other words, your life.

Much of the stuff you see in classical training does this via pure hand speed and hip rotation. It also total nonsense and useless. When you see videos of old (and new) masters with flying hands but with their feet locked to the ground in various stances you can be sure that their power is drastically and critically reduced.

Take careful note of what I am about to say:

If I weigh 160 pounds soaking weight, even if I can bench press 300 pounds and have lightning fast hand speed, my power is still limited by my arm and waist rotation strength. Which is really nothing compared to full, unitized, whole-body mass power.

Some styles will counter this limitation by teaching you to throw and commit your entire body to a strike. The problem however, is that this virtually always leads to over-commitment, loss of balance and possible loss of life when you miss (which happens more often than delusional practitioners know about or admit) and fall and subsequently get your brains stomped into hamburger.

You need a way to be able to concentrate, reload, reuse and release your full body unity at maximum speed while maintaining your balance, "containing the over-travel" and recycling your root. You can do this by learning the 6 Forms of Drop-Stepping:

1. Double Leg Drop
2. Alternate Single Leg Drop
3. Same-side Single Leg Drop
4. Rocket Step
5. MLB (Middle Line Backer) Step
6. Rapid Re-firing Alternate Single Leg Drop

All of these are taught in our Elmsford school as part of Guided Chaos Combatives. Most also appear in our book (2nd edition) and the Attackproof Companion Part 1 (DVD and On Demand).

If you are a beginner, we highly recommend these resources which will give you a far fuller explanation than I can elaborate on here to create your survival self-defense foundation.

As you advance with Guided Chaos, you learn to avoid being hit while
simultaneously delivering a devastating barrage of strikes that find their targets despite being actively defended by the enemy.

For those of you with a solid foundation in Dropping, you will find lots of useful information in the following email exchange with a dedicated long distance student:


"I can feel dropping and although I did not know what it was or how it could be used, I had experienced it prior to reading from Master Perkin's book. I understood what was being described. The directions about sneezing or coughing [to promote a rapid, spasmodic diaphragm contraction--ed.] moving from root to root with no upper body tension made it easy to achieve.

However, dropping a second time and especially a third time on the same root is a bit hard on my knees. Also, internal dropping is coming along more slowly in that I can not quite do it without an external indication being seen. And there is much less energy in it for me than my external drops.

Regarding the MLB which I think is the 'line backer shuffle, I could see driving the force through alternating foot contacts with the ground, however, I see a center of balance which is somewhere between both legs/feet such that single rooted-ness on one leg while the other is able to be completely unweighted does not appear (at least) to be occurring. It seems to exaggerate with speed.

At the risk of going on, and of seeming foolish, if I imagine the two legs as the sides of an isosceles which extend to the ground forming equal angles with it and meet at the apex in the center of gravity, not necessarily the center of mass, then the mass of the body affected by gravity is exerting force down both sides equally.

Skipping ahead...
I am suggesting the acceleration down one leg due to gravity can be enhanced by using the opposite leg to push off of the ground as a lever. It seems that this is what should be happening during the line backer shuffle. The center stays in the center while the force is levered from
side to side.

What I tried to describe before would have a similar force, but initiated from a ready position, e.g. when the rear foot is at an approximate forty-five degree angle to the lead and in this case (for the moment and as an extreme for descriptive purposes) unweighted other than contact with the ground. There is an explosive dropping and drive of the rear leg/foot into the ground and prior to what would normally be a catch/stop by the weighted rooted front leg (one way is to tension the ankle with the ball of the rear foot pressing the ground and then release the spring to allow the heel to hammer into the ground) and then a ricochet back into the weighted rooted leg. It all transpires as a single drop, but a double drop occurs. The heel of the rear foot driving into the ground and then caught or abruptly stopped creates a drop (concede some loss of advantage gravitational acceleration due to the angle off of the vertical) and the subsequent catching by the front weighted leg is a drop that exceeds that of one created by gravitational acceleration alone. I do experience a slight raising off of the front foot for a split second during the catch by the rear foot's heel, but it is vertical as if the floor moved and came right back. It probably could be controlled.

Another description that occurs would be to drop on the weighted rooted leg, but drive the unweighted leg/foot/or heel into something solid like the ground or otherwise, before the catch/stop on the rooted leg/foot. That's all I can muster right now.

You are a group of excellent instructors and I am learning and have learned much from your efforts. Thanks again and best wishes...


I am extremely impressed with your dedication and desire to analyze and improve your skills. We love this kind of student!

What would be ideal would be for you to send a youtube or smartphone video and then we could see if you're doing it correctly. For a full analysis of your contact flow skills and related drills, you can also purchase a Full Video Evaluation by GM Perkins.

Also all the drop steps will be on our GCC dvd when it comes out (not for a few months tho). However I will try for now to answer some of your questions verbally.

Internal Drops: Obviously this is way more subtle and the only way to evaluate this is in person.

I just searched for the Rocket Step in our book and though it's not in the index I serendipitously opened right to page 38 where you'll find a complete description.

In the MLB your feet are moving so fast that for all intents and purposes your balance is between them and not on each foot. That being said, your power is still coming from the drive/drop of each foot synced to the opposite hand's strike. Important note: with the MLB you are standing square to your target. Like its football-derived name implies, you are literally running your attacker down while pummeling him with buzz saw strikes, hence the foot-drive power. The difference with the GC version is that you're not trying to tackle a ball carrier or drive away blockers which usually leads to you falling along with the opponent. Your strikes only penetrate half-way through the target and then rebound, repeatedly loading the next strike. This is containing the over-travel which keeps you on your feet (unlike in football).

What I believe you are describing towards the end of your email (I could be wrong) is not a Rocket Step but a repeating high speed opposite leg drop to one side. A rocket step involves covering space with both feet: you travel anywhere from a few inches to a foot with a 1,2 step (one foot then the other). You can rocket step back and forth (for example push off the right rear foot, step forward with left front foot then right back foot steps up behind it; drive off the left foot, step forward with the right foot and the left foot comes up behind it). This is something like a fencer's step but without the dropping energy, the external hip and knee drive or the reversal of direction.
A high speed opposite leg drop to one side involves simply loading and dropping to the other leg repeatedly without covering space. For example, you have all your weight on your right leg and drop into your left (with a flat foot btw); the plyometric rebound off the left throws you back onto the right foot where you instantaneously launch and drop into the left again and on and on like a machine gun. The left foot doesn't require a push off with the toe because the drop is so violent and abrupt you literally bounce back to the right off the flat foot (the left knee acting like a spring). Note that your feet stay pretty much in the same place and don't cover space like a rocket step. Note the type of strike being delivered is a "splashing" (ricocheting) impact with no pushing; target contact lasts a microsecond.

By the way, Slambag Training (see below) is a tremendous aid to developing Drop-hitting power, speed, timing and focus, while also increasing ripping power.

Hope this helps...
--Matt K

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