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How can you tell if you have GREAT Punching Power Genetics?

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by Squall Leonhart**, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Squall Leonhart**

    Squall Leonhart** Orange Belt

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    I am a 22 year old guy with a bunch of young friends, maybe about 10-15 that I hit pads with.

    We don't fight, don't train, just fans of mma, some of us used to box, but thats about it.

    The thing is, I hit a hell of alot harder than they do, by a considerable margin. We are all in decent shape and weigh from 175-210lbs.

    We range from 5'7-6'1 in height. Most of us are on the taller side, i am just under 5'9 tho. I also weigh 205lbs, alot of it being muscle.

    My strongest punches are hooks, and thiers are mostly straight rights...Is my technique likely just better, or is my body type helping me? Could it be genetics, or do I have wussy ass friends?
     
  2. stuntcum

    stuntcum Yellow Belt

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    It sounds like you have more muscle than them AND none of you know proper punching technique. Usually shorter more compact guys throw harder hooks and longer, leaner guys throw more powerful straights.

    The only way to discover if you are a naturally hard hitter is to learn how to punch correctly--then all is revealed.
     
  3. Hydra1313

    Hydra1313 Orange Belt

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    maybe its because you are training with kids half your age
     
  4. thirteen

    thirteen Brown Belt

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    Whether or not you have punching power is something
    for other people to decide.

    I've never thought to ask my boxing coach if I have
    'punching power' although I have exited the ring after
    a sparring session and been told I have "wicked hands"
    by a spectator.
     
  5. zx

    zx adventurer

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    Why that matters when no one of you actually box?
     
  6. spartanMMAn

    spartanMMAn Blue Belt

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    just because you punch harder than some little kids wont mean you have power go to a gym to find out.
     
  7. ShindoNinja

    ShindoNinja faixa marrom

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    Most people who have never trained throw horrible sloppy punches that do not use their core as the power source. I have hit a heavy bag with untrained guys who are amazed that I have better punching power than them. It's all physics. The total power output is equal to the summation of the rotational power at each joint.

    What do most guys do in a fight? THey grab you with their "off" hand, then cock the hammer back and throw hockey punches with mostly just arm power. Sure a big guy will hit "hard" with this technique, but the same guy that generates poser from the ground up could unleash a devastating punch.

    On the genetics side, it comes down to quick twitch muscle fiber. Individuals with higher percentage of quick twitch muscle fiber can punch hard (with the right technique). It's like the difference between a sprinter (QT) vs. a marathon runner (endurance).

    As far as you and your friends are concerned - a hook is the easiest punch to throw using body power. If you are using your core and staying connected to the ground then that explains why you are hitting harder than them.
     
  8. cholodeamor

    cholodeamor White Belt

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    Natural punching power? hmm... new kid in our classes just started but his his knee. I watched him hit the heavy bag and I didn't get it. He is 17 years old and makes the heavy bag fucking fly when he throws a right cross. Im 24 4-5 inches taller and 25# heavier and I have never seen the bag move that much. He does it everytime, and its his second or third class. That's natural punching power.
     
  9. MajorTom

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    I read it as he has 10-15 friends that he hits pads with. Not that he hits pads with some 10-15 year olds. It was a poorly written sentence.

    If you're 5'9 and 205 pounds, and throw really hard hooks. Then yes, your body type is contributing to your punching power. Plus, hooks are going to be harder from a smaller more compact and muscular frame. Genetics may have nothing to do with it. You're just built a certain way. If you want to see what your genes have given you you have to train and really fight. Compare yourself to other athletes.

    Also, using proper technique is going to help you throw harder punches. It's easier to throw a hard hook close to your body. To throw a straight right, you have to have good body rotation and the ability to transfer the force to the target.
     
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  10. lucid

    lucid FTW-champ!

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    i used to believe that, but then i learned under my friends master until i settled into my current club.

    That honestly changed the way i punch. I used to "push" my punches and they had power because the amount of muscle and strength i put behind it. I never really learned him to develop the "ko" one shot one kill kinda power until i learned how to "throw" punches.

    Honestly, until you get to the highest levels do you see genetic's really showing up. At that stage the common problems fighters deal with at the amateur levels like cardio etc are all equal. The end result is the smallest advantages that give fighters an edge.
     
  11. lovesick

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    I think they will become stronger and catch up as they develop a bit more. There is a big difference between 10-15 and a 22 year old.
     
  12. Kozbot

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    Do you punch hard?

    If not, then you are a feather fisted pansy

    If so, then you are a god amongst men
     
  13. lovesick

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    lol!
     
  14. chino0503

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    how can you tell? you knock out skilled fighters
     
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    I think its the technique.

    I have a fair bit of power behind my hands and my body shape probably helps.

    Im about 5ft 6 (167 cms) but walk around at 80kgs (fight at 70 - 72)

    All the blokes i fight are taller at that weight, whereas i am wider and broad in the shoulders.

    Im a heavy set body shape and i feel that i can generate more power that an equally weighted taller opponent because i have more compressed muscles on a smaller frame.

    Being smaller, It's a little harder to land the head punches, but when they land, they often score a KO or 8 count with either hand.

    In saying that though.. my boxing style is a bit different and I usually throw biiiiiiiiiig shots and not so many combos. I really put all my weight in the shots as well which also makes a difference.
     
  16. Sizzerb

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    Why does a 22 year old hang out with 10-15 year olds?
     
  17. Gorack

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    This.

    But, it would be funny if that's not the case.

    "We're at the same SKILL LEVEL Jerry!"
     

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