- Aug 1, 2004
- Reaction score
- Winnipeg MB
I measure my kicking and punching power in the agonized tears of my enemies :wink1: Heh, heh, heh...
Seriously, interesting topic.
I seem to remember a few years ago reading in Black Belt Magazine about these electronic devices that one could attach to a punching bag or makiwara. I don't recall ever hitting one but if they work, and frankly I'm not really sure what valid and measureable standard we can use for hitting power, given that neither PSI, newton meters, or joules are really applicable in isolation, it would be interesting to use as a developmental tool.
Force should be pretty easy to measure, but its only a piece of the puzzle.
Hitting a stationery target is one thing, actually hurting a person is another.
It's not just a "targets don't hit back" deal, that is part of it, but not all of it.
Put one of those force measures against something solid and hit it, you'll get one reading. Hang it from the ceiling with as little weight on it as you can and you will get a much smaller number.
A lot of "power" in strikes comes from timing and setups, getting the person to come into it, or not see it coming in a way that their body can react to it hitting them well.
I can through the exact same punch, with the exact same mechanics and motion, but depending on what my opponent is doing and how he reacts to it, it could land and KO him, or land and do very little.
Raw power is important, but focusing on it, like focusing on any other single aspect is a misleading thing.