How to Strike Fast

Learn how to stun an attacker with super rapid strikes!

You probably know how important it is to finish a fight quickly…But, what about the importance of striking fast? So, in this article we’ll cover a lot of ground on how to strike fast.

Indeed, the speed in which you strike your attacker can make a huge difference between landing your strike or completely miss the target.

The less telegraphic your strike is (and the quickest it is), will result in increasing significantly the chances of landing your strikes!

Speed, power and precision are often what make the difference between finishing off an opponent quickly, instead of getting into a dangerous altercation.

Therefore, when you learn how to strike fast and being able to stun your attacker is crucial to learn in your self-defense training.

The more relaxed you are, the more your strikes will be quick

The key to developing fighting speed lies in understanding that the tenser your muscles are, the slower you move.

The more tension you build up in your muscle fibers, the more strength you apply – at the cost of speed.

Here’s how to bring together strength and velocity – train your muscles to “fire up” in a cycle.

First, you tense up before the strike to send your hand flying towards the target, using the momentum of your hips and shoulders.

Then, tension explodes on impact, to maximize the force of the strike without sacrificing speed. But in the interim, you need to be as relaxed as possible!

If you consciously move your body to strike, you tense lots of “extra” muscle groups and lose velocity.

Always keep practicing your self defense skills

If you practice often – with a Bob Dummy (ad) or with a partner – your nervous system will learn this pattern of “tension-relaxation-tension”, and the much-coveted fighting speed will be yours.

So, I hope that you enjoyed these tips on how to strike fast.

Finally, take a look at this page for a complete a training on self defense.

Stay safe,

Patrick Viana

Self Defense Blog