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Become a better puncher

Date Added: December 09, 2008 10:37:43 AM
Author: fitness equipment
Category: Martial Arts

1. BALANCE:One of the training benefits of practicing Boxing and martial arts like Judo and Jujitsu is the emphasis on how to maintain good balance. You cannot deliver powerful strikes when you are off balance and being hit while off balance by your opponent will affect your chances of winning.

2. STANCE:Directly related to balance is having a strong and solid stance. It is a known fact, that if your stance is weak, your punches and strikes are weak. Power comes from delivering strikes from a strong base. If you imagine a Pyramid, the shape starts from a wide base with a massive foundation and that works slowly towards the centre top point. This is similar to how your stance should look.

3. WAIST / HIP ROTATION:One of the keys to developing more powerful punches and strikes is learning how to turn your hips and waist in coordination with your strikes. Your instructor should be able to guide you in this area. (Use the club locater on the right)

4. SPEED COMBINED WITH MASS:In general, it is true that the faster the punch the more powerful it will be (Imagine a dropping a coin onto a table, it makes a rattling sound and bounces before it stops still. Now look at a coin falling from a tall building like a skyscaper, the coin would literally land and shatter a few metres of pavement; it would go through the solid pavement deep into the ground because of the force and momentum and speed gets faster as it falls. However, if speed alone were the key to powerful punches, then lightweight boxers would have the hardest and most powerful punches. What they miss is like in the coin example, is the importance of mass. The fact is, even though the heavyweight boxer’s punches may not have the speed of a lightweight boxer, the heavyweight’s punch will be more powerful because his mass, combined with his own level of speed, is what produces the most powerful punch. Speed along with your body mass and momentum when delivering your punches and strikes should always be combined.

5. RELAXATION BEFORE DELIVERING A STRIKE:If you look at the best punchers in karate and boxing, you will notice they all have the ability to relax their muscles the instant before they strike. One of the techniques for students is to relax just before delivering their strikes. Bruce Lee would use his Chi; he would relax his entire body and then move his relaxed hand towards the opponents face and then turn it into a fist last minute (One inch punch) one inch away. The result is he is moving his arm so fast and at the last minute he turns it into a force of a fist and all his Chi energy goes to his fist, his entire body weight and power has been shifted into his hand: Just look at this video and see for yourself!

6. PRACTICE STRIKING HEAVY BAGS, BODY SHIELDS AND FOCUS PADS:One of the reasons boxers are known to have the most powerful punches is quite simple.

7. THEY ALL PRACTICE ACTUALLY HITTING SOMETHING ALL THE TIME (EXCEPT FOR SHADOWN BOXING PRACTICE). They hit the big bag, focus pads, speed ball and body shields ALL THE TIME. The simple fact is, JUST PRACTICING PUNCHING THE AIR IS NOT ENOUGH TO DEVELOP TRUE PUNCHING POWER.

8. MENTAL FOCUS ON SPEED AND POWER:There is nothing mystical about delivering powerful strikes. There is no “magical internal power” involved in developing speed and power. By following scientific training principles, combined with mental focus on becoming faster and more powerful, anyone can develop more speed and power in their strikes.

9. PROPER FIST ALIGNMENT WHEN PUNCHING:Some have used science to show that the fist should end up in a 45-degree angle at the end of the punch for proper fist alignment. Our own limited research, it appears the 45-degree angle punch is more physiologically sound and more powerful. As we believe in striking bags to develop power, we find the 45-degree angle punch faster, stronger and more natural to throw than a full turn reverse punch. Since each person is different, practice various methods of punching. You will discover the truth yourself. When you have finished the learning guide go and more info on the 10. THE WINNING MIND-SET:***************Visit http://www.fit-box.com/fighting-techniques.asp for 10!! And to read up on our conclusion and what the best way to do this is

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