Looking at things from a “style vs style” standpoint always winds up in dispute as people tend to become emotionally attached to styles and thus don’t like to think that their style might be “wrong”. Instead it’s best to look at punching power from a biomechanics/kinesiology/physics standpoint as that is a neutral and objective perspective.
Ain’t that the truth.
I just find it curious and interesting because there is that dispute. When I drive my hips, my rear heel is coming off the ground. But in other styles, the rear foot stays relatively unmoved.
Through proper training, we can derive the power we need for a strike. I had it explained to me multiple times for my style and that’s why I asked: I’ve heard similar versions my entire training career (so pretty much my entire life), that I wanna see what other have to say. It’s like the punching. I never heard any other theory other than using the top two knuckles to punch, so when you brought up using the bottom ones I was taken aback by it.[/quote]
Like I said, the emotional attachment to styles gets in the way of objective critique. We are all humans and we are all governed by the laws of physics, therefore there is a “best” punching technique in terms of generating power that is not dependent on style, nationality, age, or gender. Bruce Lee knew this and studied human movement, human performance, and looked around for the best power punchers that he could and used that knowledge to maximize his punching power. Rich Ryan has done the same thing with his Dynamic Combat Method and IMO has the best (meaning most easily internalized, most easily to teach to others, and devastatingly effective) method of developing/teaching maximal punching power that I have ever seen. Boxing as a system would be the most readily available and effective punching art though (which isn’t surprising since punching is essentially all that boxers do).
In spite of what I said about styles before though, and at the risk of sounding like an elitist hypocrite, I’ve honestly gotta say that I have yet to see any Traditional Martial Art really teach power punching optimally. But admittedly I haven’t trained in them all, nor have I trained with all TMA instructors, so I’m not saying that none do. That also doesn’t mean that their punches don’t have any power; just that in all cases that I’ve seen/trained with, it could be better with the right coaching. I’m sorry if that offends anyone, but it’s an honest observation and I’m ultimately willing to hurt some feelings if it means that even one person goes out and learns how to punch harder and possibly uses it to effectively defend themselves.