Master Black Belt
- Apr 19, 2011
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err...not a TKD guy, but I don't think this is a good way of looking at it. A ML Pitcher may maximize how fast he throws a ball, but he sacrifices stability and is completely off balance and open at the end of the throw. If you tried to fight this way, if that punch missed you would be immediately slaughtered.
It was comparison of using an unstable stance to make maximum power, not that you should take the pose of a pitcher after a punch.
Maximizing power at the complete expense of stability, mobility, safety/recovery, is not a good tradeoff.
I never said it was at the expense of safety/recovery, you did. The greatest punchers in the world don't follow your advise, you might want to reconsider, or hang around elite fighters and learn what they do.
Mike Tyson, in his prime, one of the greatest power punchers in boxing history
6:22 in above video, Mike takes high stance, most of his mass leaves the ground at impact. Knockout
During training http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A42BzG80XWk&feature=related
2:30 in above video Mike rising up to high stance upon impact
3:44 next, taking most unstable stance possible, lifting one foot off the ground during impact
In my opinion, the best answer lies in how you use your stances to deliver your techniques. I don't know the TKD stances, but when you throw a punch, if you properly use the legs to drive your stance changes while powering your punch, that can give you an extremely powerful punch,
You contradict your earlier statement with "your stance changes while powering your punches." Changing your stance while powering your punch means your punching from an unstable position.
while keeping you in a position from which you can recover and still defend yourself. You do not end up open and a sitting duck.
Fighters recover very well after striking their opponent during a higher, unstable stance. Again, refer to the first video at 6:22.
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