Originally Posted by southpaw447
I think there have been many disputes on where punching power comes from.
For a fact I know that it is mostly genetic. But if someone were to try to develop it more how would they do so?
I was at the gym the other day and this idiot kid was trying to tell me how to improve punching power. Now let me throw this out there that I don't exactly posses a Chuck Liddell 1 hitter quitter but I can throw a pretty solid cross and I focus more on my techinique and throwing effective combos rather than just looking for that one punch Knockout.
Anyways he was telling me about this fight he got into with 3 guys (which sounded like a Steven Segal movie) but I listened to what he had to say anyway. He told me that punching power is developed in the shoulders. he showed me some exercieses and told me if I did them enough I would eventually be able to "Lay People out"
I felt like saying no you're wrong it's genetic and it's developed from your core but I wasn't sure myself.
I know that when you throw a punch your basically using your whole body not just your arms or your shoulders.
What are your opinions on how punching power is developed?
In part, punching power is genetic, but not entirely. Someone may be born with a certain capacity for punching power. However, if they do not punch with good form, they will never reach their full potential.
Technique-wise, I agree that the power comes from the core. Focusing on the hips yields best results, as you'll automatically use your legs when turning your hips. Turning the shoulder definitely helps as well. But, for some reason, you could only do one... obviously, the shoulder isn't top priority.
A factor that people sometimes overlook, as well, is looseness. For not only does rigidity in striking greatly mitigate power, it also slows the techniques down considerably.
And finally, there's punching through the target. Someone can be as genetically gifted as they want, but if they don't punch through the target, they might as well have noodle-arms.