Before any athletes throw a punch or kick, certain foundational elements need to be addressed, George Ryan says. The three elements: making a fist, stance and footwork.
Learning how to make a proper fist is important for people who have never thrown a punch, Ryan says. The stance should find the feet shoulder-width apart and the primary leg back about 12 inches, with the hips square toward the target. You should be on the balls of your feet with your chin down, he explains.
“It should feel very comfortable,” Ryan says. “You should feel like you can explode in any direction, 360 degrees.”
Finally, it’s footwork.
“Simplicity is the secret,” Ryan emphasizes.
If moving forward, the front foot will move first, quickly followed by the rear leg.
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Additional reading: Got Striking? by George Ryan, published Dec. 29, 2010.