The Difference between Strength and Power
In the Martial Arts
Strength is raw, unfiltered, relatively unfocused ability to move other objects.
Strength training involves some technique, but does not take high-level refinement into consideration
For the individual, strength has a sunset, after which it will wane. Power, based on core principles, core use, relaxation, understanding, maturity, refinement of technique, can grow and progress throughout a person’s lifetime. With continued practice and application, there should be no sunset.
Strength is a blunt instrument; power often involves refinement and awareness.
Strength can be isolated to individual muscle groups. It can involve multiple groups, but emphasis isn’t usually on coordination of groups.
Power generated is a function of combined activations. Because these activations can be multiplicative, power can progress in a geometric, rather than an arithmetic fashion.
Power takes time into consideration.