Obviously for a punch to be effective it must have power behind it. To throw a powerful punch, you’ll need to know what ingredients go into a strong blow.
There are essentially three ingredients to a powerful punch. These are:
Here we go into detail about these three elements and how and why they work for delivering a heavy blow.
Travel and body mechanics are primary ingredients for throwing a powerful punch.
A base gives you leverage, backs up technique, is necessary for such simple things as sawing a board or pushing objects. If you have no base, you get knocked back, not your opponent. You just won’t have anything to back up the punch. You want that punch to go deep into the adversary, not knock you back when you hit him.
So, obviously you need a decent stance, one that gives you mobility but also makes you solid.
Clearly, you must have travel on that punch for it to have more power. The more momentum it builds, the stronger its impact. Just like a car traveling quickly a significant distance is going to do more damage than one that just travels an inch and dents the car in front of it. Travel is a necessary element for a powerful punch.
So, you’re going to have to use more than just your arm to derive any power for that punch. You have to use your whole body weight, muscles in your legs and hips, you have to turn your body into it, or drop your weight into a downward punch, or move your body forward as you punch, to get maximum effect of your whole body into that blow.
So, those are the crucial elements to a strong punch. You need a good base to work from, a lot of travel (this is why boxers put their strong hand in the rear, by the way) and you must use your body efficiently; meaning you must use body mechanics, put your weight and body into those blows.
In 1981, at the age of 11, I began training in Goju Ryu Karate at a local community center on the Central Coast of California. I trained there for about a year. In 1984, my family moved to Northern California, where I began training in Kenpo Karate under Professor Charles “Chuck” Epperson. I trained at Professor Epperson’s dojo for about a year. I left the dojo, but returned in 1994. I earned ranks up through second-degree black belt under Chuck Epperson. I tested for brown and black belts in front of Master Richard “Huk” Planas, first-generation Ed Parker Kenpo black belt. I taught classes at Professor Epperson’s dojo from 1998 to 2002. I have also taught private lessons for friends and family. I have training in Doce Pares Eskrima under Charles Epperson and have attended seminars by Master Anthony Kleeman and Grandmaster Cacoy Canete. I have also trained in DeCuerdas Eskrima under Professor James Muro. In addition to my martial arts training, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, have worked in the Human Services field since 1996, and currently spend most of my time writing web articles.