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Excerpt from the Book


Subject: Turnipseed techniques work  (Received on Facebook, June 18, 2010, 1:41pm)


I bought your book and it arrived sometime last week. I've started to go through it with a yellow highlighter. Even though I have not finished reading the book, I went to the range this morning and tried out some of the techniques with my 20 gauge shotgun. I was able to fire off 85 rounds of #7 shot in one session.

Now for me...that was a record breaker. If you look at my Facebook profile picture, I am not a big person. I used to follow Massad Ayoob's technique of leaning forward to get your shoulders forward of your hips, pulling the shotgun tight into your shoulder, and hunching your head forward. Using this method I was in pure agony after firing off 15 rounds of simple birdshot. You can imagine how I felt when it came to using buckshot or slugs.

Thanks for writing the book. It's great for people like me who cannot take one of your live classes.

Sherman Lee

Book Excerpt: (Chapter 1)

Body Mechanics

Combining our four principles results in proper body mechanics.  When proper body mechanics are utilized in shooting firearms, recoil becomes as unnotable as stepping off of a curb.  When Kent demonstrates this recoil dampening by rapidly shooting several 3 inch magnums in a 12 gauge shotgun, we know who the knowledgeable shooters are in the crowd because their jaws drop in disbelief.  These observers do not see the effects of recoil!  They typically ask, “What is the trick?” or “What kind of recoil dampening device do you have in that shotgun?”

The “trick” is proper body mechanics.  The recoil dampener is your own human body when it is allowed to function naturally by utilizing our four principles.  Body indexing orients your body to the force of recoil in a way that is naturally strong.  Tense muscles transmit recoil energy which will tend to knock your rigid body off balance.  Relaxed muscles absorb and dissipate recoil energy, and balance is easily maintained.  The key is to be both strong and relaxed at the same time, and this is achieved through technique.  Since skeletal alignment provides the strength, we require only minimal muscle to maintain our shooting stance.  This leaves almost all of our muscle mass relaxed to dampen recoil.  It is simple and makes perfect sense when you know how.  Kent explains, “It’s all in the basics.”  It follows from our Principles.

Natural ordinary movement

The paragraph below has already appeared in the Introduction, but the principle described is so fundamental and Karasuma states it so well that it merits emphasizing again.  It is in effect an equivalent but alternative explanation of our four principles above as seen from a different perspective.  It explains the nature of true martial art technique and is a confirmation of the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid).  It is the central theme of the Turnipseed Technique.

“…It should be understood that applied Technique is virtually invisible, and is never characterized by elaborate or strenuous athletic or acrobatic movement.  If you find yourself evolving a stylized form of movement requiring high maintenance athletic skills, you are on the wrong track.  The principles of martial art are those of nature, in this case, those of physical mechanics.  All the applications of principle are inherent in the design and structure of things, in this case, the human body.  Therefore, seek to understand and to maximize the value of natural, ordinary movement.  Utilize the existing attributes of your body efficiently.  This is the method of martial art.”
Kantaro, Karasuma. Igensho: The Book of Dignity, General Principles of Martial Art. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2006. Page 99.

A “technique” that uses proper posture and natural, ordinary movement will be easier to learn than one that does not.  More importantly, however, such a technique will be far easier to retain once it is learned, sort of like learning to ride a bicycle.  This is a huge advantage since none of us has enough time or money to practice as regularly as we would like.  Kent warns that muscle memory of unnatural positions or movement requires constant practice to be retained.  It will be a perishable skill.  Avoid it!  Learn natural technique instead.  That being said, we are now ready to proceed into the Constants, the core of the Turnipseed Technique.

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