Punches are hand attacks using a closed fist in mostly linear attack. Some punch arc (such as hook punch) or travel upward (such as uppercut). Fist may be held horizontally or vertically. Contact area is usually first two knuckles. Power comes from hip snap and driving off ball of trailing foot. ITF (International Taekwondo Federation) practitioners also use the knee-snap sine wave motion to generate power. Punches may be "snapped" out and back very quickly or "pushed through" where, upon contact, the fist pushes into target.
Click this link for a short video clip of the Bruce Lee's legendary one-inch punch (actually more of an 1" punch with a push at the end, just more of the Bruce Lee hype, watch Rocky Marciano fights to see real punches). Here is another clip of the one-inch punch (Lets analyze this: have a dummy stand straight-legged and stiff with feet side-by-side, and then push him into a chair with a "one-inch" punch. People were gullible in 1964.)
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