Boxing Training: Proper Distance for Punching

By January 21, 2014November 9th, 2021No Comments
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Newbies to Boxing always have a habit of always stepping in when they strike.

If you can hit him right where you are standing, then you don’t need to step in.

If you can’t hit him, then, step in.

People often neglect keeping their distance when they attack and they’ll always step in to punch no matter how far or how close they are.

There is a misconception in Boxing that if you step in with the punch, the punch will be more powerful.

While this is true in certain circumstances, it doesn’t’ cancel out the fact that if you are already in the perfect range, and you’re still stepping in, then you’ll wind up stifling the power development for your punch.

Force is mass multiplied by acceleration.

And acceleration is the change in velocity over a set period of time.

The greater the change in velocity will reflect a greater amount of acceleration and thus a greater amount of force.

Okay, here’s an example.

Run as fast as you for 10 feet- or 3 or 4 steps.

Then for 30 feet.  Basically, sprint for about 10 steps.

You’ll be running much faster at 30 feet than 10.

The more distance you have, the more acceleration you’ll be able to generate.

And it’s the same thing with punching. The more distance you have for your strike, the more acceleration you’ll achieve and thus, the more force you’ll have for your strike.

Every strike has it’s optimum distance.  If you’re too far away, you’ll miss.  If you’re too close, you’ll stifle your power development.

Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip is the Head Instructor for InFighting Training Centers located in Downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Burnaby. InFighting Training Centers offers programs in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bootcamp Conditioning Classes and Personal Training

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Ritchie Yip

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