Monday, 17 May 2010

The One Thing You Need To Know To Have The Most Powerful Punch In The World!

By Al Case

Power, in the Martial Arts, especially martial arts like Tae Kwon Do or Gung Fu is often measured by how hard you can hit. Thus, people strike the punching bag and the Makiwara, and they do push ups to strengthen their arms, and...and they are doing it all wrong. You see, there is one critical factor that they don't understand, and so all their push ups and punches are having less effect than they would wish.

I want to make a point here...and I can only do that by asking you one specific question. Where, during your punch, do your arms bear the most weight? The answer is obvious, they bear it at the end of the punch, when the arm is nearly extended.

So why do you need to push up your arm through the whole range of motion from the floor? Being strong at the beginning or middle of the punch is not important. Concentrating your work out through the whole range of motion is not addressing the exact needs of the punch.

So, when you do a work out, make it gentle and general, and build up your body and your arms as a whole unit, then focus your work out on the end of the punch where you need it. This is easy to do, you can do it for virtually any exercise there is. All you have to do it isolate the part of the exercise where the arm is nearly extended, and concentrate your efforts on that part of the exercise.

Let's say you're doing a push up. Do the push up until your arms are nearly extended, then do go to town. Do as many six inch push ups with the arms nearly extended, as you can, fast, concentrating on keeping your belly tight.

Here's the trick, you need to feel the strength in your shoulders. The impact of the punch, you see, is going to go up your arms and into the shoulders. Thus, it is the shoulders that must become dense and strong.

For a good punch you need thick and dense shoulders, so perform the six inch push up I have detailed here, and do it throughout the day, until the muscles of the shoulders become as dense and enduring as the leg muscles of a marathon runner. It's odd that people have never thought of what I am telling you here, and I scratch my head at it. I suppose the problem is that people are taught how to exercise in one manner, and never actually look at the exact goal they are trying to accomplish.

So do those 'end of the arm six inch push ups like a maniac. Do them and breath and put your awareness in your shoulders, letting your shoulders grow and grow. This is the way you develop a punch that is stronger than anybody else's, this is how you have the most powerful punch in the world.

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