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    Lock elbow out when punching?

    Heard some conflicting opinions re punching technique recently.

    Opinion one: "Extend your arms 100% and lock your elbows out when punching, because if you make contact with your arm slightly bent, it won't be as forceful a punch."

    Opinion two: "Don't lock your elbows out when punching, because over time you risk hyperextending your elbow joint and damaging the ligaments."

    Both sound pretty plausible, both came from sources I've no grounds to doubt... and it's just occurred to me that both the "science" bits of the above aren't mutually exclusive either. And that's a pain, because it leaves me with no definite answer to the question of "should I lock my elbows out when I punch?"

    What do you folks all think?

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    Who ever told you opinion #1 is an idiot. It changes the angle and direction of the punch when the arm becomes locked out.

    Slap the person who told you this.

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    Thread title: Lock elbow out when punching?

    Answer: NO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ho Homega View Post
    Who ever told you opinion #1 is an idiot. It changes the angle and direction of the punch when the arm becomes locked out.

    Slap the person who told you this.
    True, and remember not to lock your elbow out when you do.

    Additionally, if you hit the end of your range of motion, force goes into your joints and ligaments rather than being transferred to your opponent, so your punch is actually less forceful when you fully extend your arms.

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    Your arm should be straight on impact. I guess "locking your elbow" is a matter of interpretation. Don't hyper-extend your elbow, but you want your arm to be straight on impact so you have a solid connections from fist to shoulder. Your arm should be straight like a rod for jabs and crosses and angled like a hammer for everything else.

    If you feel like you're straining your elbow when you punch, you need to relax your arms.
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    Ok so it's unavoidable that people are going to complain that you can't see the exact angle of the elbow, but you can see in these examples that the arm is pretty much totally straight, creating a solid line from fist to shoulder. Every boxing coach I've trained under has harped something along the lines of "make that jab a steel rod to punch holes in your opponent!" and I preach the same.
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    arm straight and locked elbow are two different things and yes, the first opinion you posted is fucking retarded and will mess your joints up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ho Homega View Post
    Who ever told you opinion #1 is an idiot. It changes the angle and direction of the punch when the arm becomes locked out.

    Slap the person who told you this.
    I'm guessing, from your TKD style listed, that the person who told you this also has pretty TKD hyungs/poomse with locked out elbows.

    Good way to destroy your joints over the years.

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    I agree with the answers; I'll just add that I think it's more important to focus on retracting your arm back quickly rather than focusing on locking it out.

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