Hi guys, i'm a beginner Muay Thai student (started 3 weeks ago) and am fairly skinny, standing at 5.8" and 140 lbs. I'm a right handed
and have 2 concerns I'd like to address here:
1.) My jab, cross, and hook are fairly weak. We were working on a combo (jab, cross, hook, cross) on the heavy bags and I always lose my balance (fall backwards) after finishing the combo. How do i gain strength for more powerful punches? I'm doing all the techniques correct, such as rotating my hips on my cross.
2.) Since i'm right handed, when i kick with my left leg, it is very awkward. Because of this awkwardness, i can't really deliver powerful kicks. For those who went through this, how did you guys overcome this problem?
If you're referring to the rear feet, then no. I would say when i do the jab, i take a small step forward and transfer my weight to the front so it's about 90% front /10% rear, and throw the jab at the same time. Same with the cross, i transfer most of my weight to the front.
It just felt like my wrist and forearm was about to break when i punched the bag.
On #1. The loss of balance may be one of several things. It may be that you are too "straight" in your stance. Meaning your feet are aligned too much into a straight front and back line. Try widening your stance a bit and see if it helps keep you from losing your balance.
Power in rotational punching (hooks, uppercuts, etc) doesn't come from winging around the arm. It comes from the rotation of the hips/core, and the movement of the feet. Aligning the shoulder, elbow, and wrist joints to tranfer the energy produced in trunk is all the arm is needed for. Work through the hooks, and crosses slowly until you're more comfortable throwing them full power without losing balance.
On #2. The lead leg roundhouse kick is probably one of the toughest punchs/kicks for a pure orthodox fighter to master. Its not only the lead leg, which usually has between 40 and 60 percent of the body weight, but its also the leg on the off-side.
The lead leg roundhouse kick will never be as powerful as the rear leg has the potential to be, but its a much more surgical, and quick technique once developed.
Again, it comes down to working the kick slowly to get the technique, weight shift, etc down. Work leg kicks until you're much more comfortable with the technique, then move to body, and eventually head.
On the second quote. Don't transfer 90 percent of your weight to one leg ever. The key to TDD, power punching, rapid punching, footwork and evasiveness, are about balance and body weight dispersal. This bit is just me, but IMO, you should never transfer more than 60-70 percent of your body weight to either leg.
Your brain just hasn't made enough synaptic connections for this new movement. It's like trying to write with your left hand instead of your right. Repetition is the main key. Do your kicks slowly first and focus on technique. Only slowly increase the speed of the execution of your kicks when you feel more secure about them. Mind you, you're only training for 3 weeks now, that's nothing. In a year or so after a couple of thousand thrown kicks you will feel much more comfortable.
This. One hundred percent this. The most difficult part of training in Martial Arts in general, but more significantly for MMA is the first six months. In that time your body learns how to perform all these techniques you see everyone else who's been at it a while excel at.
Give it time and you'll excel as well.