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First before we start off, before you start practicing how to throw punches to the body with the whip effect, you need to make sure you are wearing a boxing body protector.
This is very important, if you are not wearing a body protector you can get seriously injured.
Okay, now lets get started... sooooo you want to learn to strike with whip and lash effect. If you want to add speed and knockout power to your punches read this guide now!
Many fighters have never been trained to use this type of blow. They do not even know the difference between a blow with a whip effect and a blow with a jerk effect. Unfortunately for me, I also did not know the difference when I started. I did not learn by reading Jack Dempsey's book or watching the Bruce Lee documentary.
I learned by picking up boxers all the time that they were better than me. I realized they were better than me, but I did not know WHY! It took a while for me to notice that the techniques of the blows they wore were different from the ones I wore.
It was interesting to discover that there were other things besides the cross-jab-uppercut!
Many novice boxers do not realize that when they try to hit hard, they are actually punching against the momentum. This causes them to expend more energy, move more slowly, and do not do much damage to the opponent. In addition, they are more exposed to kickbacks and limited boxing ability.
Every time I struck pushing a better boxer, he simply defended my stroke and unbalanced my base.
Learning how to strike with a whip effect will allow you to use fast sequences and minimize the risks of being backflanked. Strikes with the whip effect will make you enjoy your energy better, while also doing more damage to your opponent.
Beating With Whip Effect VS Beating With Shock Effect
I consider the whip blow a type of blow that is opposite to that which has the effect of pushing the target.
What is a blow with a jerk effect?
A blow with a jerk effect is one where the fist tries to "cross" the target to cause more damage. Martial arts practitioners usually believe that a blow with a jerk effect would be like a shotgun shot. The force of the blow will cross the surface of the impact maximizing damage in any area beyond that surface. It is called a blow with jerk effect because the blow must be performed with the full extension of the arm and body.
What is a whip blow?
A whiplash is a quick strike that seeks to have less contact with the target's area of impact. The whip effect strikes the target and returns almost immediately after the impact rather than being pushed so that the impact is prolonged by forcing the blow through the target. It is called a whip effect because the arm quickly returns to the guard after reaching the target.
Advantages of Strikes With Whip Effect
The blows with whip effect have a devastating power. When thrown correctly, they can transfer a lot of energy from the movement of their body weight to the opponent. Rather than just pushing your opponent, you use the acceleration and the force to attack with destructive blows. A whip effect has more speed, which increases the chances of reaching the target while returning faster to your guard, strengthening your defense and thus allowing you to strike again with more speed. The blow with the whip effect is not just a slap. In fact it penetrates and actually "hits" the target for damage. The difference is that you retract your fist to your guardian immediately after hitting the target. Like we said , you need to make sure to wear your boxing body protector if you decide you are going to be hitting with this kind of force.
The whip effect preserves his defense because his hand returns to the guard immediately after the stroke rather than remaining a few tenths of a second further pushing the opponent. If you miss a blow with a jerk effect you will be very vulnerable. So to summarize well, the whip effect will allow you to deal damage to the opponent while keeping your high guard longer. In a sport where the athlete's function is to achieve without being hit, whipping with whip effect is the perfect choice.
Turn On The Power
This is the most important tip for the sanabul gi whip effect: to really train this stroke, you have to learn not to "carry" your blows. When you are training for the first time the blow with a whip effect, you should keep your arms and body relaxed. Do not try to strike hard or too fast. Relax and let the arm make the trajectory with its natural speed. (Try with 25% of your strength and 25% of your speed. If in doubt, try even less). You WILL feel ridiculous and silly trying to hit the punching bag without force. Again, it is not about speed or slowness, just relax and let the fist reach the target with minimal effort. You are learning to strike with technique and not with energy, so TURN OFF ENERGY!
Many boxers waste energy and diminish the power of the blow with whip effect when they return their fists to the guard too soon or too late when they strike. Returning your fist to the guard too soon will take the force of the stroke and further strain your muscles since you will be ordering that part of your musculature recover the blow while another part is still striking. Turning your fist back too late will basically turn your blow into a blow with a jerk effect, which is the opposite idea to what we're trying.
The best way to practice to have a perfect natural return is to let the impact rebound your fist for you. It's like telling boxers to hit the punching bag and let the fist drop immediately after impact. Most likely, your fists will hit the punching bag and then they will fold and fall to your waist since you will not be controlling them. When you understand the perfect time to recover your fists without being too early or too late, you will realize exactly the right time. A perfect natural return is the balance between greater damage done and less effort made to recover the fist to guard.
I noticed that many boxers fail to perform the whip effect because they are very focused on controlling the arm during the whole execution of the whip effect movement. I suggest trying this: relax your hands and strike with your fists in a fully upright position. You should throw jabs, straight and crossbows with your fists upright. You should feel that your arms are more relaxed and move faster as you will not have to worry about rotating your fist as you normally would. Vertical handles should only be used in training. When you learn the correct time, you should practice again with your wrists being rotated, which is the correct technique.
Adjust The Return
Some people still can not do the whip effect. What you can suggest from now on is an experience with the moment of returning the fist to guard. You get the return after the blow penetrate 1 centimeter into the punching bag. Or you can start the return immediately after hearing the "smack" sound caused by the impact. Whatever your choice, find the exact moment for the return that makes your blow have the biggest whip effect and has greater speed and strength.
Use Your Body
Be sure to use your body by moving it along with your punches. If you are striking only with your arms, you will not have strength in strikes, only speed. Think of quick blows as if you were touching your opponent. What you want is STRENGTH which means you need to put a little weight on the blow. Using your body weight when striking is the best way to put weight behind your punches.
Train Your Recovery Muscles
This is a very important point. I see many boxers and fighters who only do exercises to strengthen the muscles related to the blows (arm pushups, pushups in the bars) instead of also training the muscles that do the work of recovering the blows (back, deltoids). Think about it, the striking movement has two phases: the throwing phase where the fist is coming out towards the opponent and the recovery phase where the first returns to his guard. If you train only the muscles involved in the first phase, your recovery movement will continue to slow.
Now if you also train the recovery muscles, you can recover your wrists to your guard with more speed and that means you can strike in sequence with more speed and with a whip effect! I strongly recommend that you train a lot in the air, with shade and also with ceiling-soil, since these are the best training to develop the musculature of recovery of the blows. With these trainings, you are more likely to strike in the air and so your recovery muscles will be more demanding. If you only train in the punching bag, your recovery muscles will not be well developed because the punching bag will rebound your fist at you. Other exercises I recommend are those that use light dumbbells.
This is the hardest part of teaching the whip blow. When teaching people how to strike, I have to use different references to different people. So remember that these are just a few methods of exemplification, references or visualization. They may or may not work. They are just different ways to visualize the blow and it's up to you to figure out which one helps the most to understand the blow with whip effect when wearing boxing body protector.
Method 1 - Strike in Two Frames
This method helps you strike with more speed and explosion. Do not imagine your fist making a slow-motion trajectory to the opponent. Instead, imagine your first exploding from your body in the direction of your opponent. It is as if it were a movement so fast that it would not be possible to observe the blow making the trajectory in the air. Imagine if someone was watching you strike, your punches would simply disappear from the starting position and instantly appear to hit the target, in this case, the opponent.
Method 2 - Relaxed Launch, Relaxed Return
Their strokes start with relaxed muscles, have a phase of acceleration during the trajectory and reach the maximum speed centimeters before impact. You start your strokes slowly (in slow motion) and cause your body to do the whip effect adding speed and strength as the movement approaches the end. This method allows your body to have time to add weight to the blow at the beginning of the movement, before rotating the first and before reaching the target. Breathing is also similar - you slowly exhale at the beginning of the blow and accelerate that exhalation quickly as the blow hits the target. The return of the arm to the guard must occur in a relaxed manner as the weight of the body is distributed so that another blow in sequence is released in the same manner.
Method 3 - Early Recovery
Try to return your arm to the guard ahead of what you normally do. Try to make this recovery before the blow almost does not penetrate the punching bag. You may find that all your strike sequences will become faster and have a whip effect magnified because your fists will touch the target for less time and will also stay on track for less time.
Method 4 - Shock, Do Not Push
Many people will say that their blows should not push the punch bag, that in fact the punch bag should be shaking under the same shaft as if it were having a seizure. The punching bag should not stand swaying to all sides if you are using the lash effect technique correctly. Instead, he should shake in the same place as if he were having a seizure.
Method 5 - Strike From Hips
Do not picture your wrists as being weights attached to the ends of your arms. Instead, imagine your wrists as being weights attached to your hips. Your arms and hands will be relaxed and level on your hips as you move around the punching bag. When you are ready, quickly fasten your base to the floor and contract the abdomen, imagining that your hands gain "weight" and trigger that weight with speed from the hips.
Method 6 - Do not Look
This method helps you relax your hands even more and allows your body to move more naturally using the speed and strength you actually have instead of using "programmed strokes". Basically what you should do is hit the punching bag without looking. Just toss your fists anywhere in the punching bag. Try to get each hit to a location close to where the previous hit struck, without "controlling" the blow much.
Method 7 - Stealing Bread
I heard this funny analogy being used to describe the rapid movement of the coup and realized it might be useful. Basically you should imagine that your hand is being fired in the direction of your opponent in a relaxed manner. Your fist will rotate and strain as if you are "catching a lot of bread" and quickly bring your fist back into the guard. Let's steal bread!
Method 8 - Whip VS Stick
Visualize your arm as a whip. Every stroke (except the jab) has a preparation movement where you relax the arm causing your chest to lengthen slightly before you throw the arm forward and create the blow with a quick whip. What you should not do is stress your arm and swing it "like a bat" before the blow. Again, strike like a whip, not like a staff.
Method 9 - Touch the Stroke Bag
When you strike a blow with a whip effect correctly, you will hear a smack sound caused by the impact of the blow. When you hit a blow with a jerk, the sound will be different and you will hear something more muffled like "tuf". The "smack" sound pops up because you're touching the punching bag with perfect whip blows. Go ahead, listen to your blows, and try to cause the smack in the punching bag.
Method 10 - Counter Strike
When you strike, counter (retract) your target blow as fast as you can. This will force you to realize the correct time of return to guard to properly execute the blow with whip effect. You should contract the musculature of the shoulders and the back to strike with firmness, and then you must relax that musculature so that the fist is rebounded by the target.
The occult force of the blow with whip effect lies in his mental attitude. You should imagine the whip blow as a method to transfer the energy of your relaxed body through your arms, expelling the force on the wrist during impact, and then returning the wrist to the guard fluidly, leaving the energy of the impact with your opponent or target. The concept of the whip effect is MUSCLE RELAXATION, SPEED, STRENGTH, and RECOVERY. Muscles that are relaxed in the initial stage of the stroke will have a greater potential to explode (extend) with more speed and strength than the muscles that are tense. With the maximum focus on the explosive move, you will deal maximum damage to your opponent. The arm that forms the blow will act as a rubber band by accelerating the handle at full speed, reaching the target and then returning quickly shortly after impact. You can use any type of blow for the whiplash technique, as long as you focus on MUSCLE RELAXING, SPEED, STRENGTH and RECOVERY.
How to Throw Whipping with Whip Effect
The whipping effect begins with fully relaxed arm and body. Relaxed muscles have a potential for greater speed, which means that your blow will come out at a faster speed than if you were with the tense arm, which would be the standard muscle contraction used in the blow with a jerk effect. To relax your body, you should also relax your mind! Do not think about being overly aggressive, instead think of being surprising by throwing a controlled and whipping effect.
As soon as the whiplash effect is released, the arm quickly fires from a resting state at high speed. An explosive expiration will also add explosion to the movement. (Do not exhale a large amount of air, just shoot your breath expiring strong and FAST!)
The problem with some boxers and users of the push blow with effect is that they try to prolong the blows. They do not realize that they are unconsciously contracting the arm, tensing the musculature of the forearm and wrist when they try to hit the target. When you cast the blow and are at the beginning of the movement, just relax the body and let the blow follow the trajectory with full force. Again, do not try to control your arm or fist when you strike. Just let him follow the trajectory and have confidence that he will hit the target.
Decrease Impact Duration
Clench the handle tightly only at the time of impact. Make sure you first hit the target when you hear the "SMACK" sound of the blow on your opponent. Immediately after the impact, relax your arm and quickly retrieve it to your guard, letting the energy of the impact spread through your opponent.
Recovering from the movement quickly is difficult because we normally want to conserve energy and also make sure that the force of the blow has been transferred to the opponent. If you return your arm very quickly to the guard, the power of your blows will decrease. And the muscles of your shoulder will use more energy to return the arm to the guard since you are ordering the musculature of your shoulder to have the opposite effect to the triceps musculature that has just launched the blow. If you do the opposite of this and prolong the blow a lot, it can become a blow with jerk effect. The easiest way to have a perfect time and return the arm to the guard is to allow the force of the impact to "snap" your fist back at you.