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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Work In Progress - The Punching Power Resolution!

Happy 2013 everyone!!

i posted on my facebook link what my new year resolution should be. Guess what? Si-Fu ended up commenting "PUNCHING POWER". And I thought, "shiettt..why not!"

So here it goes my friends - I'm currently looking at developing a fitness plan that will be more focused on developing punching power.  

Over the last month of December, I've switched my own fitness routine to a more conventional "body building" routine. Nothing crazy, but it's split in your standard fashion and has 4 sets of 10 per exercise..that type of idea and the goal is simply to work on physique. There's a plan here..as we are in the winter months, it's a great time to 'bulk'. Of course, i'm not looking to get huge, just gain some 'visible muscle' in time to cut down the body fat for the summer.

But now, come March, i'll be switching to a power punching routine.  i'm doing my research now and if you guys have any feedback, thoughts, drills or exercises that you think may be helpful, please do let me know!

The power punching routine i have in mind will not be focused on building muscle size, but to develop power, speed, structural integrity, small muscle and joint conditioning and overall cardiovascular fitness.  My research will look into the mechanisms of punching, concepts of punching and then figuring out how that develops into a specific workout plan.

i really don't know what it will look like as everything at this point is conceptual but I do look forward to it. And I also look forward to you guys following along, trying out the plan with me and sharing your thoughts.

Cheers to 2013 and cheers to PUNCHING POWER!

Until then...


Pablo said...

It might seem basic and you probably already do this, but I've seen a huge improvement in my punching power through the combination of two things.
First of all I practiced my punching in an extremely slow manner, taking a lot of care to engrain the right muscle memory so as to get maximum use of the "spiral-whiplash" movement concept which I actually got from you and your sifu's blogposts.
Secondly I combined that with heavy bag training. I think a heavy bag provides some really good biomechanical feedback as to if you're hitting in the best possible way. I'd place myself quite close to the bag, and while paying attention and constantly fine-tuning my structure while hitting, I tried to punch. Seeing how far I could move the bag even from a close position, without moving back myself, gave me a noticeable way of measuring improvements. It's gotten to the point where I can really make the bag fly, even doing a one-legged stance.

I think most of this probably isn't "new" to you, since I got the inspiration for training like this from you and your Sifu, but I hope it was still some help. It'd be nice to keep updated on your progress, if you had a way to measure it somehow. Maybe a video-update now and then?
Good luck!

Pablo said...

In addition to this, this is more of an endurance thing, but it's always interesting to see how long you can keep doing chainpunches, and chain-attacks in general without stopping, linking together movements. The better your strength and technique, the easier it is to keep going.

Gary said...

my take on developing power is its a combination of a few things. I think you have to train posture, linkage, relaxation etc a lot. Then you have to punch things, like bags, air, hand pads and so on quite regular for a long time. I dont see fitness playing much importance in it, though obviously overall strength, and weight ( even fat) adds to one part of the equation. Most importantly is finding a training partner, that you can hit with bare fists with the idea of increasing intensity. Of course this is hard to find someone who is willing to participate. And not particularly fun.
You probably have to take a fair amount of hits yourself to help analyse what works.
My point is that actually doing the skill, in this case, punching someone, is most important. The increasing, but controlled intensity is neceesary and obvious if you watch pro boxers of various levels.
Anyways, once again, this is my opinon, and prob doesnt add much to your blog that seems focussesd more on the fitness part.

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