After school earlier today, my friends and I were walking alone in the hall, and I realized that my friend (who I already thought was pretty cool) is actually quite amazing. He is a black belt in karate as a junior in high school. He was explaining to us that there is a way to make yourself tense enough so that you will not feel a direct punch to the abdomen. He demonstrated how to move your entire body in time with breathing in and out, and sliding your feet and flexing and relaxing your muscles to eventually get yourself into the perfect position. He actually looked really like an Earthbender... but I digress. Being able to not at all feel a direct hit to the abs is really strange, and something I would like to learn how to do! Having your muscles tense enough to minimize the effects of the strike while not so tense that it cannot be sustained requires keen physical and mental awareness. The velocity of any punch (seeing as it must be a considerable hit to be labeled a punch) would usually be enough to make the receiver/victim cringe and pull away or even fall. But not my awesome black belt friend. You know who you are.