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Old 01-10-2011, 05:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Punching faster

Hi all,

I'm a noob to this forum and to mma itself. But I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on how to punch faster. I look like a granny when I'm throwing punches. I try to relax as much as I can but the punches still look very slow and it doesn't "snap" at the end of the punch. I'll upload some vids soon to show you what I mean.

Thanks in advance !
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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remember that with fighting step 1 is ALWAYS to not panic

It's ok that you are "slow" that is perfecly normal for someone new. Practice will help, your body is not used to what it has to do in order to throw punches correctly. There is a lot to keep track of with it and as you get more used to it you will speed up.

People will advise you to punch with hand weights or wrist weights, honestly I've heard as much against it as I have for it and from people whom I consider to be of equal education on the subject matter so I'll let you decide if you are interested in that particular avenue on your own, but I will say that the people I know with truely quick hands have for the most part not bothered with that.

I'll tell you one thing tho, don't throw form out the window so that you can move your hands a bit faster. Throw each blow correctly, that way when it lands it will mean something.
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks so much BearInTheClinch
That's great advice !
One more question, how do you make a punch more snappy ??

ps. I'll post a video up of what I mean by my striking is snail slow soon. Once again, thanks
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks so much BearInTheClinch
That's great advice !
One more question, how do you make a punch more snappy ??

ps. I'll post a video up of what I mean by my striking is snail slow soon. Once again, thanks
if you are throwing wild hooks there will be no snap, make sure your form is perfect, its the most important thing. Practice, repetition will make your stand up faster, you will develop muscle memory.
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As others have said the quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line. Beginners tend to loop their punches too much, best thing is to work on your form when throwing and make sure you aren't putting too much empshasis on your arms. Quickness and power come from the hips and body just as much as the arms.
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Hi all,

I'm a noob to this forum and to mma itself. But I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on how to punch faster. I look like a granny when I'm throwing punches. I try to relax as much as I can but the punches still look very slow and it doesn't "snap" at the end of the punch. I'll upload some vids soon to show you what I mean.

Thanks in advance !
It's hard to say without a video, but I noticed you said that you're lacking 'snap' at the end of your punch... That might be the key here.

The two biggest mistakes that newbies make that affect punching speed is clenching their muscles too tightly and throwing their punches from the wrong places.

I'm sure you've heard your coaches tell you to stay loose before, and for good reason, because it's extremely important. You want to have 'a little air in your fist' as you throw your punches until the instant before they impact your target. Your punches should be thrown quick and with intention, but at the same time, each punch thrown shouldn't be too strenuous.

Your muscles should tighten to explosively launch your fist forward, loosen up as its traveling, then clench again to brace your fist for impact. If you feel slow, you're probably clenching the entire way through, which will cause your muscles to fight each other. That will make your punches slower, more tiring, and more of a 'push' than a 'strike.'

Now you've said that you're trying to relax, and I believe you're trying, but I felt like the above explanation is obligatory in any thread about punching speed nonetheless. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, the other possibility is that you're throwing your punches from the wrong places.

Everyone is told to keep their hands up, but a lot of people who are just beginning only know half of the benefits -- they think it's just for defense. While having your hands in the right place can definitely save you from getting KO'd, it also will allow you to throw your best possible punch. I'll say it again your best possible punch is fired right off your cheeks (from your stance).

If you throw a cross from a correct stance, it will fire in a straight line and be propelled by your whole body working together. If you throw your cross from your chest, it will arc a little bit and you'll lose the synergy that is found in a good punch (which makes it both fast and strong). Even worse is when people pull back their punches first since that will slow down the strike AND telegraph it.

The other benefit to throwing your punches from your cheeks is that, not only are you firing from where you're strongest, but doing this will give you a little extra speed and power during combinations. Pull your right hand back to your face when you throw a jab and it will further engage your shoulders for that punch. Do the same when you throw that cross, hook, or uppercut and it'll give you a boost in both speed and power.
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Hi all,

I'm a noob to this forum and to mma itself. But I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on how to punch faster. I look like a granny when I'm throwing punches. I try to relax as much as I can but the punches still look very slow and it doesn't "snap" at the end of the punch. I'll upload some vids soon to show you what I mean.

Thanks in advance !
Wall push isometrics.
It trains the motor pathway that generates force from the ground, through the body, into the arms. It only works strength in one position, so it you train with your arms close to your chest it will make you throw the punch better. Training with arms closer to full extension will make you finish HARD. I used to hit a heavy bag fast and have no power, I needed to work the end of the ROM.

Isometrics cause THE greatest strength increases, but the only work one position, not the whole ROM, that's why they're almost useless for functional training.
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