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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

A Cheap, but Scientific Solution This can be done cheaply (and reasonably accurately) with a smartphone, your fists, and some physics (which can be streamlined in excel or other spreadsheet). You want ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's hard to tell without examining or testing the actual item, but I'm skeptical that they would be the same. It's marketed as a "novelty", which is often used as shorthand for "not ...
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How to effectively defend against a boxer with kicks

The subject of "puncher vs. kicker vs. wrestler" comes up a lot in martial arts. The general philosophy that's put forward is: "Don't box a boxer. Don't kick a kicker. Don't wrestle a wrestler." The ...
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Which will result in more brain damage, being a heavy weight or lightweight boxer?

Heavyweight fighters are more susceptible to knock-outs. It's why heavyweight fights sell better than lightweight fights. Fans want to see a knock-out. Heavyweights generally hit harder than ...
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Supposedly potentially deadly techniques

None of what you described typically causes death. They can cause serious injuries, but rarely death. It's not possible for a palm strike to the nose to break off the bone and drive it into the brain....
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Chest punches - deceptively useful, or movie fantasy?

Well, to start off, punching someone in the head is potentially harmful to the puncher. Skulls are made out of hard bone with few flat surfaces and several angles, which increases the risk of breaking ...
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Does anyone else experience slow motion when fighting?

Adrenaline is a game changer. The football analogy can be good. You're playing a friendly game, or a training. You won't feel the need to win. For sure, you practice, it's important to feel the stress ...
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To punch with keys or without?

I just love those self defence myths. First, unless you have trained punching people with keys in between your fingers, the result will be as much (if not more) damage to yourself as with the target. ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

Defending punches by putting a glove against your face is not a successful strategy without big gloves. With MMA's small gloves or without gloves at all, it is a Bad Idea. To be truthful, it's not an ...
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Any conditioning exercise that can prevent concussion caused by a punch or kick to the head or neck?

My first piece of advice is to see a doctor. If you are suffering something other than a concussion, that's important to know. However, if you are suffering concussions, you are risking your health ...
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Are punches that impact an eye dangerous? (Muay Thai)

Fighting disciplines (such as Muay Thai, boxing etc.) Can cause multiple eye traumas. If your vision becomes blurry or if the pain doesn't go away you might want to consider consulting a physician. ...
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could someone name some weird looking martial arts

There are no such things as "street fighting" martial arts. Each martial art has its own story for how it came to exist and how it has evolved over the years. Wing Chun kung-fu, for example, is often ...
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Why are some people just not getting knocked out?

Boxers, kickboxers, and MMA fighters train to be able to minimize the damage caused by a hit to the head. It's actually pretty hard to knock anyone out who has trained for any length of time in these ...
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What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body?

National Geographic did a fight science segment on martial arts kicks, featuring karate, tae kwon do and muay thai against capoeira. I was a little disappointed, in that they had Simon Rhee (karate) ...
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From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

The fist should move as little as possible. The power of the uppercut comes from slightly dipping in the knees while turning the hip and then pushing from the hip. The elbow shouldn't move behind the ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

As per what was mentioned in the comments, these are competition rules. But these arts do teach and practice face punches/strikes in their syllabus. I'd like to draw an example from my style: ...
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Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (hands/arms)?

You can make such a list, but there will always be nontrivial disagreements about what the list excludes and whether things on the list are the same. You could imagine making a list by taking the ...
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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 feint is the major benefit behind it. The intent is to get your opponent to drop their guard from their head to defend against your kick so that you can land the punch. There's some benefit in the ...
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

If you're scraping those particular knuckles, probably a problem with your punch technique. You should be hitting straight on with your top two knuckles, and punching straight in and straight out. ...
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Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work

I'm not sure how you're scraping those knuckles; maybe make a tighter fist? Pull back straighter? Are you contacting the bag head-on or is your fist dragging? The easiest solution is the white tape ...
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

It's generally very difficult to measure the force very meaningfully, i.e. in some way that would let you compare different techniques, variations in timing/body-mechanics that you're aware of, even ...
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How can I improve my defense speed?

Defense is harder than offense because reaction is slower than action. You have to see and recognize the movement, your brain has to process a response, and then you have to respond. So, there is a ...
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Why was `Rumble in the Jungle` held in Zaire?

Short version, Don King signed on Ali and Foreman with the promise of a $5 million purse, but didn't have the cash, so he accepted an offer to host and finance by Mobutu Sese Seko. (Wikipedia) Don ...
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Punching speed vs proper technique/force

I think you are mixing up training purposes here. Speed drills are mostly for three purposes: Rhythm/reaction training, muscle memory, and cardio. The latter is especially true for working the bags. ...
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Concerns with lead leg while throwing a jab

do we need to step with the lead leg while throwing a jab to add some power? No. A step is useful to get an opponent in range, but if they're already comfortably in range there's no need to step, ...
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What knocks a person out: Is it energy or force?

Generally it is the force that is important - not the energy but. There's a simple misunderstanding here, in that looking at E = 1/2 mv2 Let's carefully look at the units - mass * velocity * ...
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Does spinning around yourself help reduce the dizziness from a punch on the jaw?

Not "spinning around", but "Rolling with the Punches" I think the term you are looking for is "rolling with the punches" (widely known as the "shoulder roll"). ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I think it depends on what you expect to train. If you want to train impact, you need something firm and heavy. If you just need a surface with a little resistance and some heft to practice learning ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's definitely not the same. But that doesn't mean it's bad. Many punching bags are much too soft or hard for certain types of training. Similarly, many are too light or heavy. If you are training ...
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What is an optimal way to evade a punch?

Distance There are human limitations on reaction time (a few tenths of a second) due to the human visual system. If the opponent is close enough to hit you within this time, you will not be able to ...
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