Optimum Range for Power
For every punch or kick, there is an optimum range that will allow for generation of maximum power. This range is a couple of inches short of the proper natural of the arm or leg during the punch or kick. If the range is too close, the hand or foot will not have enough distance to reach its maximum velocity. Thus, the striking force will be reduced and will be converted into more of a push. It the range is too long, the maximum velocity will have already been reached and the hand or foot will be decelerating when it or if it makes contact with the target. Once the optimum range is exceeded, the puncher or kicker tries to compensate for the loss of power by reaching or pushing the technique. While the technique may strike the target, instead of damaging the target, it merely pushes it.