How To Punch

Welcome to the "how to punch" sections of boxing for life. Most people define boxing as simply knowing how to punch. As you have learned, boxing is far more complex.

This is the section I have received the most questions about. So in this section I will try to be as detailed as possible. Well I guess we should just dive right in.

We will start off with the common jab. The jab can be used for several reasons in boxing.

(1) It can be used as a set up punch. (2) It can also be used to keep your distance from an opponent.

The jab is one of the most important punches in your arsenal, especially if you can throw a clean and crisp jab.

I will demonstrate how to throw the jab in the video below.

When you practice throwing the jab do not initially focus on speed or power. Simply stand in a mirror and focus on perfect form, throwing the jab slowly at where your own head is. This way you can get a feel for an opponent's height.

Also remember to keep a safe distance from the mirror. Initially, you will not know exactly how far your punch will extend.



We will now move on to the right cross. The right cross can also be known as the straight right. The right cross is a somewhat complicated punch. It involves the transferring of weight from your rear foot to your front foot, while always keeping your weight on the balls of your feet.

The cross is often used to counter punch a jab, aiming for the opponent's head. It is also used to set up for the hook. The cross most commonly follows the jab, forming the infamous one-two combo.

In the video below I will demonstrate how to throw the cross.



With the jab and cross in your arsenal you are well on your way to becoming a better fighter. Let us now move on and combine what you have learned. The jab followed by the cross form the one-two combination, the bread and butter of boxing.

In the video below I will demonstrate the one-two combination.

Now that you have learned the one-two combo I will move on to the hook. The hook is actually two punches, a left hook or a right hook.

In the video below I have displayed the left hook.

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