A very good point was brought up in the timing/step thread:
Jeff Cook wrote:
Also, who cares if the punch is sub-maximal regarding the delivery of force? Sometimes it is quite sufficient to simply knock the opponent out, without crushing his skull - or strike lightly to throw him off-balance for a follow-up strike and/or a throw.
I think I am seeing a little too much focus on the "maximum power" "one punch one kill" mentality some karate folks spout off about.
So what are your thoughts on the pros/cons of maximum power?
Should we train to always go for maximum power?
I've read that most fights do not last very long (DeBecker's Gift of Fear
maybe?), so is it best or even necessary to put all you have into it, or is it best to be selective in your use of force and reserve some strength/energy for what comes next?
Do we train one way, but discuss application may be different? I believe you will fight the way you've trained, because that is what is familiar...
And what ARE the benefits of maximum power versus form, refinement, etc?
What is the main focus of your training..form, function, power, etc?