Today on Inside the Team Room: Stand and Fight, former Green Beret and combatives expert Jim “Smokey” West shows us how we can use our bodies to deflect or lessen the impact of blows.  With him are former Green Beret Jack Murphy and Jim’s sparring partner, Clint.

As a bonus, Jim emulates one of his favorite martial artists, Bruce Lee, in attempting to break a board dropped in front of him. Jim reminds us, though, as did Bruce Lee, that boards don’t punch back.

Jim reminds us not to expend all of our power in a punch; we must have a degree of recoil. Otherwise, it just becomes a big push.

Settle in, press the play button on the video below, and watch the master break some boards.