Developing a Good Punch
A good punch is quite a universal thing. Even the gesture of a clenched fist held up towards the head is pretty symbolic worldwide. Yet for something so universal the training for a good punch is quite varied. Lots of differences and perspectives.
The goal of a punch is to apply a direction of force onto someone and have minimal force or ‘recoil’ coming back into you. Consider a strike as a movement, just like walking or running, albeit more calculated, at its core, it is still just a movement. A strike should not compromise your own movements and abilities. It should be performed in a relaxed manner. Tension will ultimately rob power and mobility. This is especially true for the shoulder and hip area. Think of a baseball pitcher throwing a ball or a golfer swinging a club. They are completely relaxed as they go through their movements. It is one true way to achieve maximum force. By remaining relaxed and you will also find that your reactions will be much quicker and power much greater.
Good placement of your punch and proper body position and alignment is also critical to a good punch. Keep a good upright posture and look for forgiving spots on the body to strike. Learning to place your strikes onto the body is just as important as generating power. Training in this fashion is important and will help avoid injury later on when more power and movement is added. With such a variety of punches and movements available this aspect of training is quite in depth. In short, a good punch should fit onto a person like a key goes into a keyhole.
Here is a little clip of me working with Dan – Have a watch …