Questions tagged [punching]

A punch is defined as a strike with a closed hand, making a fist. This tag should be used for questions related to striking techniques that are performed with a closed fist.

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Boxing, right punch - how to improve shoulders full turning?

I have noticed a problem with my right punch: I do not turn my shoulders fully, so my right punch doesn't go as far as I expected. I've tried training with dumbbells, trying to make a full turn with ...
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Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (hands/arms)?

I almost asked a duplicate question earlier: What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing? It asked the question that I wanted to ask, and its answers were disappointing. ...
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Boxer breaking boards, karateka punching punching bag

We strongly associate a boxer training in front of a punching bag, and a karateka breaking boards. Would the boxer or the karateka benefit from cross training, that is, boxer breaking boards, ...
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Can hitting a heavy bag lead to wrist or finger arthritis?

My hands have been sore after dozens of punches with MMA-style light gloves on a heavy-bag. I'm wondering if many strikes to a heavy-bag (many of which likely land on the proximal (third from end of ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

Some eastern martial arts (such as karate, taekwondo) prohibit straight boxing-style strikes/punches to the head in their sports rules: A punch that makes strong contact with the opponent's hogu ...
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What knocks a person out: Is it energy or force?

Intuitively I know faster punches = more speed is better. But also mass is important for generating force as well as energy. In high school physics we learn E = 1/2 mv^2 so energy is proportional to ...
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How can just one punch subdue an opponent with a machete?

The screenshot beneath hails from a brief fight from the 2007 film Shake Hands with the Devil. As you can see, Maj Brent Beardsley (portrayed by James Gallanders who uploaded this video) is about to ...
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Where can I find a good source for invisible strike

As can be seen in the video there are invisible strikes. I would like to know where can I find more like those. In addition, I would like to know what is the idea and the tricks that stand beyond the ...
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What body factors limit the number of punches in a combo?

What limits the number of quick punches a boxer is able to throw in a combo (eg. a 1-2-1-2... or 1-2-3-2... combo)? Is it related to breathing and cardiovascular ability, muscular strength, weight or ...
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Should a martial artist wear baggy or form-fitting pants?

I'm doing a little bit of research for a project. Basically, for a fighting style that consists mostly of punches, what are the pros and cons of body-fitting pants (trousers, not overly tight ...
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Why doesn't karate use hook punches like boxing does?

Why don't karateka use hook punches in kihon or kumite? The basic technique exists (kagi zuki) and can be found in several kata eg: heian godan and the tekki kata but it is always performed as a kind ...
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Punching speed vs proper technique/force

So the correct way to punch in k1/kickboxing is to twist your body, on your foot as you do it, right? But when I try to increase my rapid punching speed I saw that I cannot twist my feet to punch ...
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Punch bags in a rental apartment

I'v been learning Krav-Maga for many years and now I mostly train on my own. When working with other people, I could train on others, or at least they were holding those punching pillows on which I ...
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Why are some people just not getting knocked out?

I just watched this compilation https://youtu.be/p4aRkLSgNGY. I've been sparring for a few months now, and even though I've never been knocked out, I can see how one would get knocked out. In this ...
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How to effectively defend against a boxer with kicks

This evening I was engaged in a street fight and I realized that he was a boxer because of his stance. His kicks were very weak, but he was pretty fast in punching and he was taller. I realized I ...
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Why is it easier to punch with palm facing out then down [duplicate]

I recently joined a Muay Thai gym and am doing hundreds of punches. I had one martial arts teacher who taught us to make fists with our palms perpendicular to the earth (thumbs on top) like they do ...
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Chest punches - deceptively useful, or movie fantasy?

I know that Wing Chun has the chain punching that can target the chest / solar plexus so as to rattle the other guy and not provide any opportunity to recover. But why not do the same punches to the ...
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Why was `Rumble in the Jungle` held in Zaire?

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974wikipedia Kinshasa is in Africa, which is far away from USA. It was ...
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Punching, vertical vs horizontal

Are punches to the head more dangerous if you are in the floor, or if you are standing? Can the attacker apply more force vertically upside-down, or, when he's standing?
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Punching a speed ball against a wall

I have access to a speed ball (a freestanding one) for training. It's great for the purpose it was made, hand-eye coordination, punching accuracy, and quickness, but I need something that offers more ...
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How to do Pai kui and the Cheet jeung techniques?

Me and my friend are practicing southern style mantis kung fu, but we do not have an academy that teaches this. How do those two techniques work? It would be great with pictures, but its not, no ...
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Ways for Chin Strengthening

Are there any good workouts to strengthen your chin to reduce the probability of getting knocked out?
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Supposedly potentially deadly techniques

As a teenager I heard from other teenagers (and read in some thriller spy book) that death could result from a palm strike to the nose, as it would drive a sliver of bone into the brain. Is there ...
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How can I improve my defense speed?

I have been a Shito Ryu karate student for seven years now. I would like to know if there is a way to make my defences faster than they are now.
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Difference between a jab, wing-chun punch, and corkscrew punch

A Jab is a straight punch, a Wing-Chun punch looks like this, and a Corkscrew punch looks like this. What is the difference in terms of speed & power between these punches?
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

Is there a device of some kind that allows you to do that? I've tried phone apps and this little game with HTC Vive headset, but it seems to be quite unreliable, since it only calculates the speed, ...
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Improving punching power with a medicine ball

Is it reasonable to punch a medicine ball to improve punching speed? I mean one of these medicine balls that look like a stuffed soccer ball, not the ones that are quite hard, like a stuffed ...
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Any conditioning exercise that can prevent concussion caused by a punch or kick to the head or neck?

I have noticed that during kick boxing every time I receive a punch or kick on the head or even neck I tend to go into concussion. I initially suspected it to be vertigo but it seems more like ...
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How to visualize a Krav Maga straight punch?

I'm trying to learn the mechanics of a straight punch by myself without an in-person teacher; even youtube videos aren't too clear for me. I'm right handed and want to know exactly how the 45 degree ...
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Karate practise by thera band

Will punching by tying a Thera band on my hand or karate belt help me in improving my punching power? I am a karate student of seishinkai shito ryu style.
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

I keep seeing quotes from boxing trainers that mention "six ways to keep a left jab from landing". There are six ways to keep a left jab from landing. Six ways. For a left jab to land over and ...
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Does weight and muscle power really impact punch power and kick?

My weight is 63kgs and height is 5'7" (170 cm). I practice wing chun at home (I rarely have an opponent to practice against). Sometimes, I feel my punching power could be better. To increase my punch ...
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Does anyone else experience slow motion when fighting?

I was wondering if anyone else out there feels that time slows down when they step into the fight? Punches and kicks feel slow, especially from the opponents side.Hits feel like pushes more than hits....
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Question about wide swinging punches

In various (usually Kung Fu) movies & clips on YouTube, you see lots of wide swinging punches to the head. It seems to me that it could theoretically work, but that if you’re a little bit off or ...
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“Modern” Boxing Gloves & Punching Technique

In what ways has the evolution of the "modern" boxing glove (shape, size, weight, etc.) changed the way "the boxer" punches? (Considering the invention of Jack Broughton's boxing gloves as the ...
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What kind of punching bag should I get?

So I work ridiculous hours that prevent me from going regularly to take martial arts lessons. That said, I've always been very interested in them, and when I was younger I did take some Judo lessons. ...
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Using a punching bag without stand

I don't have place to hanging a punching bag, so I would like to know if it's good to place a punching bag leaning on the wall and punch it?
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

My work schedule lately has required me to spend a lot more time working out on my own, so I've found myself working with a heavy bag at a nearby rec center. I keep running into a problem where I ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

I am coming from a Muay Thai style and trying out MMA. When sparring in Muay Thai I would frequently hold my glove to my face and successfully block punches. When doing this in MMA, most punches were ...
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Which will result in more brain damage, being a heavy weight or lightweight boxer?

I have a thought provoking question (I think!) that I'll pose. I'm not sure if there is a definitive answer. As you know, boxers can suffer long term brain injury from repeated concussions. Is ...
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What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body? [closed]

What is the biggest force (Newtons) ever recorded for an impact from the human body from a reliable source? Is there an upper limit to the power of any human impact whether it'd be a kick, punch, ...
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From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

When punching or throwing a strike in Muay Thai, I have heard that the punch should not be 'telegraphed'; meaning that the opponent should not be able to understand what you are going to do. When ...
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What value is there in using a 'bag glove' during pad work in Muay Thai training?

I see some guys in the gym bring two pairs of gloves to training. If there is a session on the pads, they wear bag gloves which are thin and light. During sparring sessions they switch to wearing a ...
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How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
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In which situations in Muay Thai is the 'super man' punch used and why is it more effective than the normal 'cross punch'?

The superman punch seems to be a powerful technique in Muay Thai. I have had it used on me many times by a guy who likes it. It breaks through my guard frequently from the sheer force and momentum ...
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To punch with keys or without?

I know that some people hold house keys in their fist while walking through the dark streets. It is meant to increase damage inflicted on an attacker's face, like an improvised knuckle-duster. Can it ...
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where i can attack on enemy's body [closed]

I am new to martial arts. I am very interested to know about some self defence aspect. If I were blocked with 2 or 3 enemies where I can attack on their bodies? And how to make the punch strong? I ...
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Are punches that impact an eye dangerous? (Muay Thai)

During sparring in Muay Thai, I occasionally receive hook-punches (even straight punches) where the corner/edge of the glove makes solid contact with an eye of mine. I can feel that my eye is sore for ...
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could someone name some weird looking martial arts [closed]

I know of an Indian martial art that is all kicking and another called Kalaripayyatu, or something like that (not perfectly spelled.) I also know of copeira, although I've never studied any of these. ...
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How much risk of a broken nose is there when sparring in muay thai?

I practice sparring in Muay Thai and occasionally I get a strong punch to the nose. It has never bled but for some reason it hurts for days. I am worried about an even stronger punch breaking my nose. ...