After training with Steve Morris, I have altered the way I teach people to punch. I start with what he calls the sequential punch. This involves whipping the body toward the target with the fist following. The basic movement is quite easy to get, although sometimes people struggle to move their hips separately to their shoulders, which is a bit of a hindrance.
The action requires a loading at the shoulder, so the hip is slightly forward of the shoulder. The hip moves forward, then the shoulder and then the arm, with the fist (or elbow) striking the target. So its, hip-shoulder-arm, at least to begin with, this is the basic movement, but greater power can be accomplished by moving adding a snappy plyometric action to each segment of the sequence. This involves a rapid backward movement before the segment moves forward toward the target. This all sounds complicated and it’s easier to show than describe, Morris blogs about this here. He talks about the head leading the whole movement, which really does fire the strike. I get beginners to throw the body first and add the head part once they get a basic idea.
Now, while this sequential punch is similar to a Tyson punch I’m going to use Mike Zambidis as a model. This clip is an excerpt from one of his fights with the finishing hook being a good example of the sequential, whipping punch. If you watch the slow-mo replay a few times you can’t fail to see the movement described above.
Using the body to whip through a strike in this manner really delivers exceptional power, Zambidis is good at delivering strikes in this way. In this, exquisitely edited clip, there are plenty of examples of the sequential, whipping punch. It’s noticeable that Zambidis uses this ‘delivery system’ to fire off any number of strikes, including devastating round kicks, a subject I recently blogged about. Watch him, he’s very good.