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Dana Sheets wrote:The hand that looks like it is going into a chambering position should not be a useless, lifeless, floppy, flailing arm devoid of awareness or power.
MikeK wrote:If we're talking about power I'm not really sure it's a pull. If you're punching, I really don't see how pulling the other guy increases your power as the pulling motion creates resistance slowing down the punching side.
If it's a tactical pull where you're trading off power for breaking their balance or immobilizing their arm then I could see the returning arm being used as a pull.
FWIW, All styles chamber, they just chamber differently. I was recently watching some MMA guys working the heavy bag at the Y and they had a chamber where the fist was pulled back to the side of their head and the elbow was out to the side. I asked someone who does MMA and they said it was because of stance and sometimes not being fully on their feet when punching. I'm looking into this one more as it solves a problem of how to hit when your base is broken.
Watch Fidor's punches and notice the retreating hand and how there doesn't seem to be a lot of pull back in it. It's just going in the opposite direction of the striking arm.
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Let's end with Chuck Liddell, and I think the best video, on the benefits of a low chamber that uses the hips to drive the punch.
Watch Video HERE
Watch his other arm, no pull or effort moving it back, it's just going along with that side of his body.
One more thing, the guy I train with is always launching low strikes that come at you from below the line of sight and they look like a tighter version of Liddell's.
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