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One of the proverbial questions asked in martial arts is, “Who can punch harder, muscle guys or skinny guys?” The answer may surprise you. As in all cases, the answer rests in technique and speed. Which would you prefer to get hit with, a medicine ball or a bullet fired from a .45 caliber pistol?
On the Fight Science YouTube channel their answer is:
In reality the issue of whether bigger guys can punch harder relates more to the ability to move your body mass quickly over short distance.
The Karate Institute of America has always taught the physics of power, which are based in speed and change of momentum—physics principles known to all first rate martial artists. King’s Karate has instructional DVDs on “Power Punching,” which detail the secrets of generating dynamic power regardless of size. The DVDs can be found at the King’s Karate store and at Amazon.