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Exactly:How do you develop your speed?While Stevie Wonder can see the object in developing striking power, I believe that speed and defensive tactics cannot be ignored. So I am asking those of you in the MMA forum:how do you go about really developing amazing speed?:thumbsup: Ferdelance
 

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punching with 16oz gloves . shadow boxing with weights. just to name a few. other people will have more tips
 

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I suggest using weighted gloves, it worked for me. Though my standup isn't that good, a quick jab is a necesity for any fighter.
 

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there are many ways of developing hand speed...first and foremost u need to learn proper punching technique and to punch while ur arm is relaxed....and trow punches as short as u can....

a great tool for increasing hand speed are elastic bands....trowing punches with bands will help u a lot....

fast push ups are also very good...

and lifting with very light weights as fast as u can....
 

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Deadly Poet said:
there are many ways of developing hand speed...first and foremost u need to learn proper punching technique and to punch while ur arm is relaxed....
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I could have not said it better myself, great piece of advice. Proper Technique is the key to everything: Speed, Power, Accuracy etc.
 

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Exactly:How do you develop your speed?While Stevie Wonder can see the object in developing striking power, I believe that speed and defensive tactics cannot be ignored. So I am asking those of you in the MMA forum:how do you go about really developing amazing speed?:thumbsup: Ferdelance
Sign up with Miletich Martial Arts and train hard under his guidance and I guarantee you will improve your speed! His training regement is the best in the world
 

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Functional strength, speed, and power can be targeted using resistance bands. Make sure you tie them tight. Thursday, while rushing, I failed to double check my band and it came loose coming from up underneath my left (practicing left hooks) catching me in my eye(OOOWWWW! @#%*&!!)

From the pole, secure your (depending on what punches you are practicing) arm in the band "loop" and begin throwing whatever punch you are practicing keeping sure to fully rotate your upper and lower torso and pivoting on the appropriate foot (left foot for left hooks and right foot for right hooks) just as if you were hitting someone for real.

What I do is concentrate on the rotation of the upper /lower torso, WITHOUT EXTENDING THE ARM, in the proper direction of the punch pivoting on the corresponding foot.
 

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5 to 10 lb medicine ball training can be used in addition to other training methods used to target speed and power for punching.

Try this on for size. Simulate a punch by pressing an open hand against a wall in the motion of the punch being thrown. I recommend using a doorway and, from an orthox or unorthodox position, press your open hand into the wall starting at the beginning of the punch, and hold for 5 seconds, then move back a half step to simulate midpunch range and hold for another five seconds. Next grip your ball in in open hand. Stand back from a brick wall or other hard flat wall-like surface and launch the ball, using technique and proper punching motion, into the wall.

Repeat this motion with the ball 6 times for 3 sets. As you develop power and speed you'll be stepping back further and further from the wall (even using a heavier ball!) to launch the med ball while consistently creating the same, and even more impact!

Lastly, be sure you are maintaining proper punching technique while performing the launches to train yourself to fight thru exhaustion while still maintaining snap, speed, and power in your shots.

Medicine balls can be purchased at Walmart, Kmart or other sporting goods stores for as little as 20 bucks for a 5 to 8 lb. ball.

Happy throwing!!
 

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Deadly Poet said:
there are many ways of developing hand speed...first and foremost u need to learn proper punching technique and to punch while ur arm is relaxed....and trow punches as short as u can....

a great tool for increasing hand speed are elastic bands....trowing punches with bands will help u a lot....

fast push ups are also very good...

and lifting with very light weights as fast as u can....
what do you mean shorten your punches do you mean not fully extend, because you will be compromising alot of power for speed
 

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I think he means don't over extend and keep your feet planted. Alot of guys try to get alot of power in their punches and subconciously lift up their back foot due to too much extension, pushing off the back foot gives you the pop on your punches. Also it slows you down because you have to reset before you throw again. What helped me was a tip I got from an article by Jeremy Horn. Forget about power, concentrate on accuracy and speed. Just throw your hands fast at half power while mainting your technique, especially in the hips. Because most of your punching power comes from your hips not your hands. So i would focuss on throwing your hands and hips in unison at a faster rate while reducing your effort on power. The power will come naturally. It's kinda like swinging a baseball bat. As a kid my coaches always taught us to focuss on bat speed rather than swinging for the fences.
 

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My punches are pretty fast. Ive heard of people that dont fully extend. I fully extend but I dont lock the joint. When you dont fully extend you become a weak hitter. I remember when I was in boot camp for the marines in marine corp martial arts they said a fully extended arm is a broken arm. They thought they were training safe fighters but they were really training weak hitters.

Also when you strike all of the weight should be on the ball of your foot if you look at pro boxers their heels dont touch the ground. When you see a heel touching that means his staminas on his way out if it isnt there already. You always want to be on the ball of your foot.

Ive noticed a trend that alot of strikers now a days are to concentrated on speed and are over looking punching streghnth. Yes speed generates power but the amount of contact you put into the throw is an even bigger factor. Thats why people brake boards in martial arts it has nothing to do with power its to train you to have good form and learn how to punch through your opponent. That is the most important part of striking.
 

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My punches are pretty fast. Ive heard of people that dont fully extend. I fully extend but I dont lock the joint. When you dont fully extend you become a weak hitter. I remember when I was in boot camp for the marines in marine corp martial arts they said a fully extended arm is a broken arm. They thought they were training safe fighters but they were really training weak hitters.

Also when you strike all of the weight should be on the ball of your foot if you look at pro boxers their heels dont touch the ground. When you see a heel touching that means his staminas on his way out if it isnt there already. You always want to be on the ball of your foot.

Ive noticed a trend that alot of strikers now a days are to concentrated on speed and are over looking punching streghnth. Yes speed generates power but the amount of contact you put into the throw is an even bigger factor. Thats why people brake boards in martial arts it has nothing to do with power its to train you to have good form and learn how to punch through your opponent. That is the most important part of striking.
I think the first part comes from the fact that you shouldn't be fully extending your arm if you are not punching into a target (i.e. shadow boxing). This is even more so if you are using weights to help increase hand speed. When you punch with power and intent, if there is no target to punch into the only thing holding your fist and arm back from seperating itself from your body is your own connective tissues. Add a weight to the end of that (even 16oz gloves) and you're looking at repetative stress injuries creeping in before your elbows and shoulders go trick on you.

Now on your last part, the real flaw isn't overlooking "punching strength." It's overlooking good form, as you listed. The ability to generate speed is good. It is one of the key components of creating force. I believe the physics formula is: Force = Acceleration X Mass. The general flaw or pitfall that a lot of strikers fall into is a flaw that is very common with folks who are new to the Martial Arts (whether it be kicking, punching or grappling). Unfortunately, the MMA Trend has kind of contributed to this. How? Well...

If we look at the physics formula F = A x M, the easier part for a new martial arts practitioner to train is the Acceleration (ability to generate speed). It is also the easiest part that they will see the biggest improvement on initially. Once they get that to a place that satisfies them, they stop. Unless they are serious and have a competant trainer that will show them otherwise.

This is very similar to the aspiring MMA competitor that comes onto a forum and asks, "What should I take to be an Ultimate Fighter in 5 years?" You're usually going to see a lot of responses akin to, "Start up MT for striking, BJJ for submissions and Wrestling for Takedowns." You're not going to see many people go out of their way to add in, "Take yoga for flexibility and the ability to focus, take up dancing to work footwork and cardio, get a hold of a nutritionist and dietician if your serious about making weight, start swimming on a regular basis to teach your body to operate while your cannot breathe freely" or other stuff like that. The truth is, the other less obvious stuff tends to be a lot harder to do, won't yield a multitude of results as quickly, and isn't considered cool.

Being able to add mass for force is definitely the harder part of the equation. We can't magically make our fists or feet bigger or heavier, but through the use of proper form we can train ourselves to commit our body mass along the same plane of movement as our strikes. Thats why you push off the balls of your foot, rotate your hips and shoulders and move into your strikes. That alone will make the biggest difference in striking power. It can only be pointed out by a serious trainer too.

But, what is someone more likely to post up on YouTube? A vid showing many times they can hit a heavy bag in 30 seconds, or a vid showing that they know to rotate their heel over when throwing a hook?
 
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