Learning to Punch.
I am 18 years old and I used to go to Jeet Kune Do classes twice a week but I stopped that soon after I broke my nose in a fight against someone I should have been able to beat. Don't get the wrong impression, I am the type that will avoid confrontations but a friend was on the ground with 3 guys kicking into him and I started battering into this guy that was running to join in.
One problem was that my feet were planted. and never moved. I had no guard up and had no patience. I was not looking where I was punching because his punches were hitting my face but I knew I was hitting him because I could feel it.
I ended up with a broken nose and once my friend was up, we all ran away (there was 10 guys against 5 and 2 of our guys didn't fight because they were looking out for themselves).
I know that if I moved about, looked where I was hitting and didn't get angry then the fight might have been different. The biggest problem was that my punches were inaccurate and didn't seem to faze the guy I was fighting. I weigh about 12 stone and I am not weak.
Another thing that I realised I did was I was standing south paw. Now, whether that was right or wrong is questionable. I cannot decide which way I fight. I am left handed and can punch better with the left. I understand that this would make me southpaw. But my right leg is better for kicking. I can do really powerful kicks with my right leg. I didn't do any kicks in this fight because I feared he would catch my leg and take me down.
What I am looking for is a way that I can gain speed, power and accuracy to my punches. When I punch with my right hand, it just feels wrong. Also, do you think I should be southpaw if I am lefthanded and work on my left leg kicks?
I see no point in going back to JKD classes until I have powerful punches. My punches were pretty good when using the focus pads and gloves, but when you are punching a real person without any gloves and no pad to hit, it is a completely different thing.
I am looking for ways to improve my punches at home. I know there are punch bags you can get and other apparatus but I don't know whether getting a punch bag would help.