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Exploring Precisely How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Punching Power And Speed

By Dustin Fennell

Whether you’re studying karate, kung fu, tae kwan do, or even tai chi, sooner or later you’ll find yourself wondering How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Punching Power. This is as vital a question to the fighting arts as “How can I beef up?” is to lifting weights. Luckily, there are ways.

So there are a few things you can do to get to where you want to be as a fighter…

Be Omnivorous

Every style has something to offer, and in fact, there are very few “pure” martial arts systems left anymore. Nearly every style borrows something from some other style. Just as every fighting system has something to offer, every style also has one or two areas where certain students may feel something is lacking. Let’s say you’re taking Tae Kwan Do. Well… Punching is not the priority there… But it is in traditional Okinawan karate. You must respect your current master, your current style, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t explore for yourself what else is out there. Again, every style has at least one or two things that you’ll find incredibly useful.

Trim Down

Size is everything in many sports… But not in the martial arts. If you think of the great football players, you think of massive mountain men. If you think of the most well known martial artist, you think Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was skinny, small. He was able to hit incredibly hard because he didn’t have any extra weight slowing him down. Muscle training in the martial arts is all about stamina, and toning, rather than size, as in many other sports. Not all great martial artists are that thin, but when you look at true masters, if they have any thick muscle mass at all, it’s usually in the mid section, where the majority of your striking power comes from.

Stretch Longer

Look at the older martial artists next time you go to the dojo. They spend more time warming up for two reasons: Age, and the wisdom thereof. The more you stretch, the more flexible you’ll be, and as you likely know, flexibility is absolutely EVERYTHING in the martial arts. You must be like water, tranquil and intangible one moment, and striking like a fire hose the next. This can be attained through better stretching and warming up. If your sensei likes to jump right into practice (not likely, as most true martial artists know how important warming up is), show up early and warm up yourself.

Your Kata

Every single thing the martial arts have to offer can be found in your kata. The end goal is for your movements to become second nature, thus lending you a much deeper knowledge of self and the world around you. The only way to get there is through your kata, which is the beginning and end of everything in the martial arts. Do not slack on your kata unless you want to become just another yellow belt drop out.

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Fennell, Dustin "Exploring Precisely How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Punching Power And Speed." Exploring Precisely How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Punching Power And Speed. 25 Aug. 2010. 22 Sep 2017 <>.

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Fennell, D (2010, August 25). Exploring Precisely How A Martial Artist Can Increase Their Punching Power And Speed. Retrieved September 22, 2017, from

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