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CrossFit Striking: Power Development by George Ryan - CrossFit Journal

In Coaching, Combatives, HD Videos, MMA

June 26, 2012

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When it comes to a successful punch, power is of the essence.

In this video, George Ryan of CrossFit Striking demonstrates some power-development exercises with pro MMA fighter Neal Abrams.

The first step, Ryan says, is to ensure the athlete is using the entire kinetic chain when striking. To check, he looks to see if the back foot is pushing off the floor, and then he confirms that the power is traveling up the leg to the hip, torso and shoulder to finally be released through the striking hand.

“I want to make sure he’s involving his whole body into that strike,” Ryan says.

To gauge power produced, he says he looks for three things: “What we do is measure it by sight, sound and feel.”

7min 56sec

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Additional reading: Got Striking? by George Ryan, published Dec. 29, 2010.

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5 Comments on “CrossFit Striking: Power Development”


wrote …

Thanks George for another great contribution to the Journal. BA BOOM!


wrote …

Power Development is GOLD when it comes to striking. Good teaching points, explanations, and demonstration by George and Neal. For the CrossFit community I think the explanation on how to judge/score the impact of a punch is particularly helpful. Like everything else, with a little experience, knowledge, and practice, you can definitely judge if an athlete is "putting out" on the bag you are holding. Well done.


wrote …

Hello Greg and James!

Many Thanks for your thoughtful comments and support. It really means a lot coming from athletes like you.

Be Safe and Godspeed!


wrote …

Hey George when are you gonna make a stop in Texas?! It would be awesome


replied to comment from Franco Ramirez

Hello Franco!

We would love to come to Texas in the near future. At the moment, we're looking at the possibility of bringing CrossFit Striking to Dallas and/or Houston in 2013. Does that work for you?

Many Thanks for your interest in the course.

Be Safe and Godspeed!

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