I have decided to update this post.
One of the Isshinryu basic techniques involves multiple striking, responding to an attack with five punches.
This is just basic overload theory, where you throw so many techniques that something can get through to conclude an attacker. The basic version of this involves 5 strikes to the same spot. If the opponent has conditioned themselves to take a strike, use of strike after strike on one spot looks for the time their body response breaks down. I often characterize such striking as layered striking, the use of strikes to break through the bodies outer layers.
There is another version that can use the five strikes to begin with the head and then move the strikes down the body working the centerline.
As demonstrated by Tom Lewis on Dennis Lockwood.
Another Multiple Striking approach is where one strike rolls into another strike.
I first learned this from Tristan Sutrisno with a series of five strikes flowing from one to the next. Years later I saw Toshihiro Oshiro Uchinadi video’s and he demonstrates a backfist flowing from a punch (the same beginning in the Sutrisno multiple striking series). A natural progression from a strike and then using the pull back to springboard to another technique.
A similar multiples strike is shown by Oshiro with the Age Uke
This is how I was originally shown multiple striking from Sutrisno Sensei. Sorry for the sideways video.
demonstrated by Mike Cassidy
and screen captures of Mike
My own variations on multiple striking.
The Sutrisno series actually is not done that way in defense, but shows how any of it’s technique can move into a following strike, and in its case involves 5 separate strikes.
Such techniques are quite in keeping with the kata technique usage discussed by Shiroma Shimpan in Nakasone’s 1938 "Karate-Do Taikan” which I discussed at
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This is how we introduce members to a simplified version of multiple striking.
From a Chinese tradition Ernest Rothrock’s “Jing Do – short range striking” concepts follow a very similar approach. This is how we use these drills.
There is no question that directed impact training to develop a strike potential is more important to make strikes work. Multiple striking is a directed back up plan just in case.
There is more there, this just scratches the surface of this concept.
As a suggestion you might want to check this out.