A boxer tries his best to hit heavier shots through constant struggle, practice, and training but fails to achieve his goals or satisfactory results. This situation can become very stressful and cause disappointment. Although he gave his complete self for his achievements, he also faced difficulties. One of the problems is a strong punch because if he doesn’t have a more brutal punch, his chances of winning will be lower, and the expectations are the lowest.
How to punch harder and faster?
How to make punches heavier is a problem that every actual martial arts practitioner will face. Improving technique, doing strength training, heavy bag workout, and hitting targets are all practical and concrete exercises. Many boxers or fitness lover build their muscles strength just by practing in home gyms with different types of heavy punching bags.
But if you practice hard this not only sufficient, you still may not be able to achieve the desired effect. However, the following three critical points has a great role in a harder punching and enormous results. With these cognitions, it can help us to hit heavier and more powerful punches.
I believe many people have heard that “speed equals power.” It is challenging to have a so-called heavy punch (exceptions mentioned below), and I think this is the first condition to practice hard punches. But the question arise “How to increase the speed and produce a fast punch?”
It is nothing more than repeated practice to optimize “technical details” and “muscle memory.” The former is to improve the action efficiency and prevent the loss and waste of power during the action, and the latter is to increase the speed of the action itself.
It must be noted here that many people, especially beginners, will think as soon as they hear the above words, they need to practice arm muscles, two brachial and three brachialis. After all, punching is based on them.
This is true in itself, but it ignores that punching is a technique that uses the whole body. The speed of the arm is fast, and the punch is not heavy enough. What we need is the speed at which the body moves.
For example, a punch made while standing on the spot depends very much on the speed at which our whole body rotates. The faster the rotation speed, the heavier the punch. The punches made in the moving position are added to the speed of the leg advancement (the three related body movements will be mentioned below).
This speed, which requires a high degree of coordination throughout the body, is part of the technology. If you find any “out of touch,” take a picture, take a closer look, and then slow down to exercise.
Punching requires speed throughout the body, but the direction of movement of each part is different, so there is a certain degree of difficulty.
Why do we see people who separate the so-called speed system and power system from games to reality?
Are the configuration of the attribute table and the skill tree different?
I thought about this question for many years and finally came up with a straightforward answer. That is the depth of managing strikes. When we want to move fast, we will subconsciously withdraw our fists when we touch the target. This does make the punch faster, but it causes the punch to be too shallow to produce enough damage.
I’ve hit it all; since it can hit it, it should be destructive! So, to a certain extent, unless it is interference or feint attack, it is a matter of putting the cart before the horse. An accurate punch is enough to bring victory, But the more troublesome thing is that once you want to deepen the RBI, you have to face three problems: –
- To fight deep enough, the punch stays on the target for too long; even if it has speed, it will reduce the explosive power and affect the efficiency of the hand withdrawing for defense.
- The impact of in-depth feedback on your body and posture.
Therefore, we need to make sure that the fist hits the opponent “three inches deep into the opponent” (in Bruce Lee’s phrase), and has enough speed, and we must not let the fist stay on the opponent for too long.
The best practice in this area is a variety of “practical” exercises, including target striking, heavy bag drills, and direct hitting on the practice partner (novices remember to wear protective gear).
When hitting deep, there are two things to pay attention to: not too deep and returning to defense after punching. The former directly affects the latter.
Shift of focus
The above two points are not enough; we still owe the key to shifting the focus. Fighting is the art of shifting the center of gravity. Regardless of offense and defense, the center of gravity is always shifted. Without a thorough grasp of it, knowing all the moves is just in vain.
Some martial arts only focus on one of them, but they can only be fully mastered. They can exert their greatest strength.” Therefore, when we want to strike a heavy punch, our natural instinct may already tell us to use these three exercise methods.
After repeated practice, we will understand how to press the weight into the fist without losing balance. But here we have to make one point: In many cases, the heavy punches in actual combat are actually out of balance for a short time.
For example, I now teach students to step forward and make a punch, and the punch should have touched the target moments before the forefoot touches the ground. This imbalance is to put more weight on the fist.
We look at the world’s top fighters, who will take advantage of this imbalance. It’s just that some of them are better at mastering them, and after the imbalance, whether they hit or miss with a fist, they have all kinds of preparations for the opponent.
Note that: – The back foot of the left boxer is not fixed in place, so the moment he hits the opponent is actually in a state of “out of balance.”
Therefore, we cannot blindly seek stability. If you seek too much stability, it often wastes the energy brought by the moving position, and in actual combat, two people are not always standing still and fighting.
In addition, when it comes to shifting the focus, I have to say two things.
The first thing is that the center of gravity shifts to the “weight.” As long as you have enough weight, don’t shift your body’s center of gravity too much, or even the overall punching movement is not very fast, you can also make impressive punches. This is the exception mentioned at the beginning of the article,
For example, Tyson’s performance meets all the above conditions: speed, management, shifting of gravity (the core of peekaboo), even non-specialists can understand one or two.
But on the contrary, Foreman’s movements seem slow; why is there such destructive power?
The reason is simple; weight is energy. It’s like a bowling ball thrown over, and it doesn’t need to move fast; as long as it hits it, it’s unimaginable.
In addition, the management is deep enough, and it’s like a bowling ball doesn’t stop when it touches your surface. Therefore, the greater the body weight, the higher the base attack power.
This article is aimed at novices and slightly advanced martial arts fighters. One of the mistakes we made early was that we always wanted to work hard for miracles. Ever since I didn’t use brute force, I wanted to rely on crazy iron to increase muscle strength and improve attack power.
Therefore, I recently compiled the three critical points advocated in this article through thinking from the teaching point of view: speed, management, and focus shift.
We can deal with “how to make punches harder” more rationally and make targeted corrections with them.
I’m not saying that strength training is not essential or that there is no need to practice at all. Heavy bag workout is itself an essential thing and should be practiced for fast punching. Because, muscle strength still influences our movements, speed, management, and the protection of our body, including our feedback in boxing and defense in actual combat.
But in actual combat, we can’t rely on the low-level operation of vigorously producing miracles. On the other hand, you should not think too carefully about things in actual combat because they will not be implemented at all.
As a player, this is all my experience of punching harder by considering some key points. Every boxer and expert have his professional knowledge, which may conflict with my opinion. However, boxing is a broad field of fighting sports, and it is constantly being reshaped with new ideas and innovative training tools every day. However, traditional boxing techniques have their valves and reputation. We are learning from our senior experts, and the coaches are more beneficial than most of the newly incorporated tactics and ideas.
I hope you find this topic helpful in developing your boxing skill and excelling in hard punching. Let me know your thoughts on this topic in the comments.
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