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Bruce Lee was legendary for his incredible power and speed and revolutionized many ways of thinking about moving in martial arts with greater efficiency, strength, speed, and power. The Bruce Lee one inch punch.

Bruce Lee's notorious one-inch punch demonstration became one of the most celebrated blows in the world and certainly a daring feat of strength to many.

He literally could send a grown man hurling across a room from this devastating exhibition of raw strength, speed, and explosive power.

It’s amazing that all his power was seemingly generated within one inch and with no telegraphing or cocking energy first – just pure explosive power outwards from ground zero. bruce lee workout

Here's a quick video showing and exhibition of the Bruce Lee one inch punch.

Bruce Lee One Inch Punch Secrets


Bruce Lee's incredible punching power didn't come from just his arm strength or hip power as many will tell you. This is what most students trying to duplicate his power fail to see.


In this article, I'd like to give you my take on how he generated his ferocious power and give you some ideas if you want to know how to do the one inch punch.

His energy was initiated right from his very toes that then spiraled fiercely upwards through his entire body and core to finally extend outwards from his fist with a wicked release of power within a millisecond.

You'll understand some important nuances of the Bruce Lee one inch punch that I believe were the most important driving factors behind his ability to generate his tremendous crushing power.

Of course, first and foremost, perhaps we should look at how Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch and true power came from his intellect before we start analyzing his actual physical movements.

Bruce Lee's Blueprint of Energy & Power

I think you'll see that he obviously had a clear blueprint embedded in his imagination of the exact timing and trajectory of the energy he would ignite within milliseconds.

Most students are taught to compress their power upon impact. Their entire structure usually moves downward and locks down even further with the exhalation of their breath.

Even with punching with complete follow-through, traditionally taught ways of punching look completely different than when you learn to EXPAND outward with power that's precisely matched with congruent breath power that expands instead of compresses.

Watch the videos carefully and you’ll see Bruce Lee’s energy and power EXPAND outward.

What’s fascinating is that Bruce Lee's trademark combat sounds he made throughout his movies were not at all like a compression of energy and breath like most martial artists make when they attack with the usual compressed and harsh “kiai”.

No, the Bruce Lee “cat like” sound was intrinsically linked to distinct trajectories of energy and breath patterns that directed his congruently powerful and quick movements.

Most of this vocal expressions were expansive and they often curved and arched diabolically like the sound a dragon's tail might make whipping outward and hooking flesh on it's way back with its barbed scales.

Inside the CoreForce Energy Training Academy, we explore in depth his sound and energy trajectory, his breath pattern, and his phenomenal body mechanics and training.

You’ll immediately realize how intertwined and completely united and congruent all these components all were. One can not be separated from the other.

Bruce Lee one inch punch

Expansion vs Compression Power

Human being's natural tendencies are to execute their “explosive power” with both compression of their breath and entire musculature. This creates too much tension and consequently dissipates your power greatly in the intended direction drastically.

Doesn't an explosion burst outwards – not inwards?

Once you answer that question, you may begin looking at Bruce Lee's one inch punch differently and perhaps see it as an expansion of force instead of a compression of energy.

Furthermore, you'll see that Bruce Lee's body is not locked down with compression after striking.

You'll see that his energy is an outwards explosion that also completely recoils back afterwards so he can do again over and over with equally devastating power.

Keep watching the quick clip within this article above closely and you'll see that he isn't locked down with compression at all in the traditional sense. Doesn't it look expansive when you actually think about it now?

CoreForce Energy Expansion Power

Expanding your energy instead of compressing it is one of the underlying concepts that distinguishes CoreForce Energy super strength training from any traditional strength and power training and is a complete paradigm shift. It engages your core completely differently.

No matter what your sport is, try training thinking about expanding your energy outwards instead of compressing it inwards or downwards.

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Bruce Lee one inch punch


NOTE: This is Part 1. If you want me to write more on this subject, please comment below. I appreciate you and thanks for reading!

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7 Responses to “Bruce Lee One Inch Punch Secrets”

  1. Herman

    Garin,thanks for bringing this up about expanding and generating more e power for the next punch. It is easy to get excited about this but a lot of practice and frustration even with help.Tell me more.I got your program many years ago and need to revisit again.Much appreciated Garin. Herman

  2. Ricardo Smith

    My interest has been greatly piqued, by this article. I am very much interested in learning how enormous, whole bodied, explosive power can be created, in a relaxed way, without any excess tension. Please continue with part two, of your blog.


    • Garin Bader

      Thank you very much for writing in Ricardo. You got it, the post part 2 will be coming shortly.

  3. darr u l

    I don’t know how many people know this but Bruce would demonstate two type of one inch punches . One punch he discribed as a push punch that may knock you backwards and another would drop you in place with maybe suffering internal damage.

  4. Robert Monteux

    Thanks for the clip and article. My main interest in Coreforce Energy is not sport but daily strength. Since having two hip replacements 4 years ago I have lost confidence in my legs and hips with difficulty getting out of chairs, inability to get off the ground without something to push off of, and not trusting my hips and legs to support me in difficult terrain. I will definitly be purchasing your course as soon as I am able. These concepts should be integrated into physical therapy.

    Regards, Robert

    • Garin Bader

      Hi Robert,
      Thanks for writing in and I totally understand where you’re coming from. One of the big inspirations for developing CoreForce Energy was because my cousin years ago developed MS. He was a super athlete and very energetic in his younger years but sadly he got to the point with the disease where he could barely take care of himself at all. I did my best at the time to come of with innovative ideas to help both him and my ailing Father. Many of those ideas years later became a lot of the foundations for CoreForce Energy training. Having debilitating injuries or even just back pain for that matter can put you down not only with work but with play havoc on your emotions as well – especially if you’re normally very active. So that’s the main reason there’s a whole section in CoreForce Energy training where I actually go into detail about how to do every-day actions more efficiently such as getting out of chairs, going upstairs, etc. Most take these things for granted until they lose those once effortless abilities.

      I learned that if you can work on how to go up stairs more efficiently or get out of a chair more efficiently – even when you’re physically very mobile and not in pain, these very things can help you become a super athlete who is not only Very Strong but also Fast. This is a little background of why efficiency of movement is extremely important in my training. I hope to have the pleasure of helping you someday and speaking to you personally. For now, best of health! Garin

  5. John

    Really looking forward to this. I can remember when I first started trying to be strong, I’d hold my breathe and bear down as much as I could. The exact opposite of what you teach. Short question: How do I reverse it? Practice sure however I mean internally. Feels so awkward conceptualizing it.


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