In the video below, I’m illustrating a concept with some students, using a couple of props, and efforting to focus on the aspect of punching that leads to the maximum opportunity to (1) land a punch in self-defense, and (2) land that punch with adequate power.
The issue for most punches isn’t always power, but the telegraph associated with the punching movement that creates an avoidance response from the attacker. When this happens, the power and effect of the punch on target can be substantially muted. As such, learning to throw a punch that (1) lands more often, and (2) lands without providing time for the attacker to withdraw (i.e. telegraphing) or otherwise avoid maximum impact is vital.
Check out the video below and incorporate this concept into your training.