You NEED a Powerful Punch!
I don’t care if you study Uechi ryu or Kyokushinkai or kenpo, or whatever, you’re going to need a powerful fist. I don’t care if it is boxing or Krav maga or tae kwon do, you’re going to need a fist that knocks them down the first time! Even if you’re in Aikido or Tai Chi, you’re going to need some kind of real power, or at least know what power is so you can properly handle it.
The funny thing is that a powerful punch is easily made if you follow a couple of simple steps. You don’t have to bash your hands against a telephone pole. You don’t have to spear your fingers into boxes of sand.
As with most things in this world, once you know the knowledge behind something, that something is easy to do. Thus, the first thing you need to know in developing a killer punch is simple. That one thing you need to understand is…weight.
This universe consists of objects flying through space. When objects collide there is the sensation of weight. The more weight involved in the collision, the more effect there is going to be.
You hit somebody, and your fist flies through space and collides with another body. Now, if the body your fist is colliding with weighs 200 pounds, then you are going to have to have a two hundred pound fist. Well, you could multiply the 20 pounds of your fist by ten times the velocity, but there is an easier way.
The easiest way is to get your whole body behind the punch. Your arm may weigh 20 pounds, but if you can add your legs and your torso and even your head to the total of weight, especially when you times your weight by velocity, 200 pounds. Heck, if you can get a hundred pounds of body weight into a punch, and then multiple it by a simple ten, you are going to have a thousand pound punch.
First, do lots of push ups, and when your arms start to get dense, start jumping your push ups into the air. Second, examine your form slowly, looking at the pieces of your body and how to assemble them into one intention. Three, set up a six foot tall box, make it weigh 200 pounds, pad it, and practice shoving it across the floor with your punch.
The funny things is that this method is so easy that everybody overlooks it. And, to be truthful, nobody really understands the importance of estimating weight in the martial arts. But, whether you do tai chi chuan, pa kua chang, Chinese Kenpo, tae kwon do, or any of the kata of classical karate, you need to understand what weight is, and you need to implement some form of the training method I have detailed here if you want The Most Powerful Punch in The World!
I like this article. I agree with much of it. However, I believe from experience that power is an illusion that is created by speed, timing, and coordination. If the muscles are flexed with moving, the bones and tendons work separately; hindering power. If everything is relaxed througout the strike, the potential for greater speed, timing, and recoil is higher; creating the illusion of power. I think when huge men like Bob Sapp hit people and knock them out it is because of force. I think smaller people cannot achieve moving force. It must become power, through focus on speed, timing, and coordination. I respect your insights as another way.
You are totally right. All power is an illusion. It is a game created by people to make themselves ‘bigger.’ Have a great work out. Al