- Aug 3, 2015
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The only time I had the problem that you are having is when I was hitting the bag incorrectly or with bad timing. Once I got those things corrected, the worst that happened to my knuckles were that my knuckles would eventually get red and bruised from the impact. There are certain points during the swing of a bag that I strike, so I'm always timing the swing and movement of the bag. If the bag is swinging a lot then the punches may be pushing the bag. To reduce the pushing of the bag you want to focus on getting your fist off of the bag at the right moment.When the bag starts swinging some, you NEVER get 100% in and out, so you get the sliding surface even if you hit a perfect straight punch.
Here are some things that help me. When I hit the bag, I imagine I'm hitting the center of the bag. Once I reach the center I remove my fist. The reason visualize me hitting the center is that if I'm in a fight, I don't want to punch the stomach muscles. I want to punch the organs behind the stomach muscles.
The other thing that helps me is that I imagine that the bag is red hot. So I want to punch the center of the bag, but I don't want my fist to be on the bag for too long. Even if I'm punching light, I'm still visualizing hitting the center of the bag and that the bag is hot. You can almost think of it similar to a hot bucket of water. With a coin that is in the middle. You want to quickly get to the middle to grab the coin and then quickly remove your hand so that the water will stop burning. You don't want to go beyond the middle, because the water will burn you longer than necessary.
Always train to punch your head level. Even if a person is taller than you , their ribs, kidneys, and liver will still be in good punching range. I've seen many people take a good head punch, but I've rarely seen anyone walk away from a good liver or kidney punch. At 5'5" you should be trying to make that your target. Ribs and everything below should be your advantage.Lastly and more importantly, I am 5'5", I have to learn to punch up.
Just because the head is up high doesn't mean it's good to still try to punch the head. Training to punch up will cause you to develop bad punching skills and incorrect punches. If you want to learn how to punch the head of someone taller than you, then I recommend using a circular punch. like the ones used out of Choy Li Fut. Big punches allow you to punch higher up without sacrificing good punching technique because the punches travel in a big circle
5'5 is a good height as you are already lower than many of your opponents. Use the advantages associated with being lower than your opponent.
Don't be so focused on hitting the face. You are 5'5" there's not much opportunity in that if someone much taller than you. There is a lot more you can attack that's lower than the face.It's so so much easier to punch a good looking straight punch to the neck level. Look at the video, a lot of his punches are to the neck, not to the face level even for his height.
You aren't looking for a perfect punch. You are looking for an appropriate well timed punchBack to the circle punch, when you hit the bag that is moving ( like in the video), the bag is going to rub the skin even if you circle punch perfectly.
I'm 5'9. most people are taller than me. When they are taller than me, then I don't punch up. I attack their lower body because I know they can't defend it as quickly because of there height. I don't try to punch for their face because it puts me into a bad position to reach out to them. Sometimes you can make taller guys crouch and that's when you go for the head, but if they don't lower their head then go for it.You taller people take for granted and might not know how hard to punch up. Try it and you'll see. For shorter people like me, If I punch to my neck level, that's punching the upper chest of a tall guy!!! For what?
Things that are within your range even with taller people. (Ribs, kidney, liver, abdomen, heart, legs, knees, feet, neck.) The only thing that is out of your range is the head. But there are a lot of great options beyond just the head.