If you’re shifting your weight while punching, this guide is for you!
THE PROBLEM: One-legged Punching
So what’s the problem with one-legged punching?
Punching while off-balanced,
results in LESS THAN 50% of your maximum power.
Why are beginners taught this “mistake”?
As soon as you have the coordination to do so, you should move to 2-legged punching ASAP.
Power Punching Secret #1 – Punch on 2 Legs
To be a more powerful athlete in regards to gravity,
put yourself on two legs!
So Johnny, are you saying we should NEVER shift weight?
- EXACTLY 😉
Reason #1 – punching on 2 legs maximizes rotational power
True punching power is a rotational force,
not a linear force.
Now try doing this on two legs.
Which one felt more powerful?
Reason #2 – punching on 2 legs maximizes power delivery
instead of you being pushed OFF your opponent.
Try pushing a wall while standing on one leg, and then on two legs.
*** Don’t be like me and push a chair full of laundry. Try this on a wall. 😉
1-legged punching vs 2-legged punching
- poor balance because body is moving off the center
- combination punches are slower because the body has to move more while punching
- maximum balance and control because the body is perfectly grounded
- maximum speed and less energy required because the body doesn’t have to move much
- maximum punching power because body is using 2 legs to generate power
*** Watch my video demonstration on the concept of two-legged punching.
The Secret Behind 2-Legged Punching
A 2-point rotation equals BALANCED rotation.
The real problem is not one-legged punching but one-sided punching.
Activate BOTH sides of your body
Here’s a challenge question: WHAT IS THE #1 biggest muscle left unused in a punch?
- ANSWER: It’s the standing leg hamstring!
HUGE punching secret: one leg will “push”, while the other leg “pulls”.
Quick recap of punching on two legs:
- true power comes from a rotation, not a push
- standing on two legs gives better balance, more rotational power, and faster POWER combinations
- use legs to rotate the body, not push the body from one foot to the other
- one leg pushes while the other leg pulls
Read the other parts of this series:
- Power Punching Secrets, PART 2: Implosive Punching
- Power Punching Secrets, PART 3 (not yet written…)