In Shotokan, how do you punch really hard during the Katas and Kihon? (forward lunging punches)?

I know you only have to tense up at the moment of impact and relax in between techniques when you are doing the kata and kihon but I just really can’t get that feeling of punching really hard? I feel like just punching the air doesn’t make my punch hard? How do you be like those masters who during katas punch so fast and hard that they make their uniforms make the pop sound?

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2 Responses to In Shotokan, how do you punch really hard during the Katas and Kihon? (forward lunging punches)?

  1. Jim R says:

    You need to talk to your coach for that information. We here on this forum can not correct your form by long distance. Relax and focus, learn makiwara training techniques, and practice every day. Relaxation is the key to speed, and focus is the key to power, again I stress talk to your instructor for directions.
    J

  2. Shihan J says:

    you need to practices and a lot, after oh about 40 or maybe 50yrs you will have it down like them.

    technique doesn’t come over night it takes time. and a lot of practice. do not be in a rush you will get there.

    power comes from proper technique, then speed and then power. do not rush through your training. even the people that have been doing this for 40 and 50 years still practice and many still have instructor, just because they have been practicing for so long doesnt mean they dont have a sensei too

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