Knowing self-defense tips can save your life. When someone is standing between you and safety, knowing how to punch harder can be a real asset. Today, we’ll be discussing some tips and exercises for all the potential pugilists out there, so hopefully you won’t end up in the hospital. If you’re looking to increase your punching power for self defense purposes, this course on knockout punches will make your blows lethal, and this article on self defense for women has some tips for all the butt kicking ladies out there.
Tips for a Harder Punch
Not only will we show you how to punch harder, but we’ll explain how to punch correctly. It seems like it would be super easy to just ball up your fist and throw a punch, but there’s more than meets the eye, and here’s how to do it. For the little ones out there who want to protect themselves, this course on martial arts for kids will build up your confidence.
- Utilize Your Entire Body: Almost all the power behind your punches comes from your body, not your arms. If you put your entire body’s weight behind your punch, you can really do some damage.
- Use Power Instead of Speed: Some people confuse speed for power, but in fact, power is a combination of speed and body weight – if you ever took physics, you might remember that power is acceleration times mass.
- Use Your Legs: The legs are the biggest muscles in your body, and using these as part of your punch will take it to the next level.
- Don’t Overreach: Your punch will be its hardest when it lands within your arm’s full range of motion.
- Use Angles: If you’re able to punch from angles, you will be able to get more power from them, as well as more opportunities to incur more damage on your opponent.
Flow of Energy
Because a properly thrown punch utilizes the entire body, it’s good to know where the major parts of your body should be in order to throw a hard and safe (for you) punch.
- Feet should be shoulder width, and the heel of your back foot should be lifted, and should pivot in the punch’s direction. Right hand punches should have your right heel lifted and your left foot flat and vice versa.
- Legs should be bent at the knees slightly, with your body weight dropped as you punch.
- Hips should spin in the direction of the punch
- Upper body should rotate a little with the full arm extension, but fully rotate with little arm extension. Don’t lean forward, and don’t attempt to reach forward.
- Shoulders should be loose and up, not only involving these muscles in the punch, but also protecting you.
- Arms are relaxed but ready for action.
- Hands are also relaxed, but clenched into fists right before a punch lands. Should be horizontal for straight punches, and vertical for hooks.
- Head Your chin is tucked and your eyes alert, and remember to exhale as you punch.
Strength Exercises for More Power
A good punch depends mostly on form, but you can do a few exercises to build up the proper muscles.
- Clean and Press: This involves lifting a dumbbell from the ground over your head. You’ll need to go to the gym for this one, but it is an explosive full body workout that will boost punching power. This course on how to deadlift will show you another effective strength exercise.
- Explosive Pushups: This looks just like a regular pushup, but at the end, you push yourself up off the ground as high as you can go.
- Weighted Shadow Boxing: Shadow boxing already helps with your technique, but adding one to five pound weights to your ankles, as a vest, or in your gloves will help your punch a great deal.
Hopefully you won’t need to throw these strong punches anytime soon, but just in case, it’s nice to have some good technique. And even if you don’t end up using it, at least the exercises will help you get stronger and in better shape. If you want to get stronger, but don’t have weights around, this course on building your body without equipment will get you ripped from the comfort of your home.