Punching Techniques For MMA And Boxing

Points are scored in boxing by landing punches using the knuckle area of the glove on an opponent’s target area. The target region is the front of the head and the body above the belt. Punches landing on upper limbs will not count. A landing strike has to be directed with plenty of power for the punch to count. To create a closed fist the thumb tucks round the fingers between your knuckles and fingernails, always keeping the fist securely clenched when reaching contact. While starting the punch there’s a drive off the rear foot while rotating the trunk of the body, revolving on the central axis of the body. When making a fist, make sure your thumb is tucked round the fingers.

Straight punches are the initial strike taught to a fighter. The strike is powered from the shoulder complex, snapping towards the targeted region. Closed fist and tricep / bicep tend to be relaxed right up until contact.

With a straight punch the hand turns prior to impact with the palm of the hand facing downwards. An ideal punch is made up of lower leg extension, hip revolving and arm extension. The other hand should remain in protection mode up until the striking hand makes contact and returned to its source, retaining the elbow forwards. The development of pace and power ought to place focus on foot speed and lower leg strength as quicker feet help to make quicker hands.

It must be coached early on in a fighter’s training that each punch thrown doesn’t have to be a knock-out strike. Fighters who use an excessive amount of power behind every punch will quickly exhaust energy. Force is going to be needed with every scoring punch, but exactly how much the fighter implements will be influenced by his challenger. Much more energy will be depleted with punches that have missed the target compared to ones that have landed. In order to connect properly with a striking blow, a punch will require pace and acceleration as it draws near the target. Adequate power behind the blow should be employed and the punch should be precise and well-timed. Fighters need the capability to assess range from the scoring hand and target, keeping the attacking arm relaxed up until the last few inches prior to contact, when the strike will then speed up to its target.


For the punch to possess intense power, it is necessary that proper inhaling and exhaling technique is tutored by the trainer as soon as the very first punch is thrown in the gym. The heavy grunting-type breathing which is frequently observed throughout a competition isn’t used for effect, but offers a significant function.

By breathing out either through the nose or mouth when delivering punches, or even both will add power to the strike. For instance, when tennis players serve the ball or field athletes throw the shot-put or javelin, their intense inhaling and exhaling will help with their explosive strength. Not only will proper breathing enhance the effort of attacking punches, but it will heighten the capability to soak up punches, particularly in the belly area. You have to keep in mind that breathing has to be controlled and should not be too noisy or overstated as this might be seen by the referee as a tactic to frighten or mix up a competitor.

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