to Throw a Punch
Want to know how to
throw the perfect
punch? Take it from someone who’s been a bouncer/bodyguard for
years, there’s more technique to it than most people would think.
Anybody can toss a fist at someone’s face, but to really make it
effective you have to do it right. That’s what this tutorial is
First of all, be sure
that your fist is
properly clenched. Tuck your fingers in tight and wrap your thumb
around the outside of the first two fingers. Keep the fist clenched
as tight as you can. A loose fist will almost certainly result in a
broken hand, trust me.
A good cross should
forward without much windup. Many people like to throw haymaker
punches where they draw back for a huge windup and throw a someone
hooked punch. You can get a lot of power behind it this way, but its
much slower and very obvious. You can get a lot of power without
winding up much at all. Most of the power comes from the rotation of
your hips, not the windup. Your fist can come from your hip and
still do a lot of damage if you rotate into it. From a fighting
stance, the fist would be delivered from next to your jaw, while the
other hand guards the face. Simply step forward and twist your hips
into the rotation to generate power. Drive your fist straight
forward at your target, don’t roundhouse it.
This next step is very
sure that you strike with your first two knuckles. That’s your
pointer and middle finger. If you make contact with your outer
knuckles (ring and pinker finger) you’re going to hurt yourself
more than you hurt them. Make it a point to strike with the first
two knuckles and you’ll avoid damaging your hand.
When striking, be sure
to go for softer
targets. The upper part of the head and forehead is very hard and
will hurt your hand more than it will hurt them. When going for the
face, shoot for below the eyebrows. The jaw is the most sensitive
target on the face and can cause instant knockouts if you connect. When
striking the body shoot for the stomach, ribs, or solar plexus.
Striking the solar plexus (bottom center of the chest) will knock the
wind out of your opponent and stun them. If you need to escape,
a good way to take them out temporarily.
Stick with these
simple tips and your
punches will be quick and effective. There is no need for a huge
windup when punching. The haymaker style is slow and obvious. It is
easily dodged if your opponent is paying attention. A quick,
straight strike will be much more effective and just as powerful.
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