Boxing Basics: Knowing Your Punches!
April 22, 2021
April 22, 2021
You’ve learned how to wrap your wrists to protect your hands, you’ve learned about setting up your boxing stance and you saw the video about how our Hybrid boxing class works… As you’re walking into your first class, you see all these stations with random numbers and have no idea what they mean. This article is going to dive into the 6 main boxing punches and how they’re integrated into each station we offer here.
Left Handed vs Right Handed
There are 6 basic punches we use in boxing class here at Hybrid. Each punch corresponds with a number and each station has a combination of those numbers to form a boxing combo you use to workout with.
If you’re right handed, any odd numbered punches are thrown with your left hand. Even numbered punches are thrown with the right.
If you’re left handed, any odd numbered punches are thrown with your right hand. Even numbered punches are thrown with the left.
Think about your non-dominant hand matching up with odd numbered punches. Dominant hand matches up with any of the even numbered punches.
1- The Jab
The jab is a light punch that will be thrown with the non-dominant hand. It’s the first of the punches that are straight out and should be lighter.
2- The Cross
Next is the cross! A powerful punch that is thrown with the dominant hand and the second punch that is thrown straight out.
(Straight out punches are quick and need to be snapped back to the chin after. Kind of like a towel whip)
3- Non-Dominant Hook
This punch is thrown with the non-dominant hand and comes in from the side. Think about cutting the bag completely horizontally. Elbow & forearm stay parallel to the ground. Palm face down or face in towards yourself (whichever feels better to you, doesn’t make a big difference)
4- Dominant Hook
This punch is thrown with the dominant hand and comes in from the side (same as above).
5- Non-Dominant Uppercut
This punch is thrown with the non-dominant hand and is thrown straight upwards. Elbow/forearm should be perpendicular to the ground. You can get underneath the bag with our wrecking ball bag (Station 3) but if you’re throwing an uppercut on a regular heavy bag, think about cutting the bag diagonally from low to high.
6- Dominant Uppercut
This punch is the same as above except with the dominant side.
Four Things To Watch Out For When Throwing A Punch!
-No hyperextended elbows!! Also, always assess your distance from the bag before you throw a punch.
-Make sure to keep wrists tight and don’t let them extend when making contact with the bag.
-Step in to get underneath the wrecking ball bag.
-Make sure to take a short quick breath every time you punch so you don’t get winded!
Practicing these 6 punches, and using the combinations of them will help you remember which number matches up with which punch. Shadowboxing, or boxing and throwing the punches in the air (not on a bag) is a great way to practice the punches and help memorize them. Now the more you practice them, the easier they will flow and once you’ve mastered the six basic punches you can start to work on adding more power to your punches, harder combinations and adding things like kicking in!
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Mike grew up as a multi-sport athlete and received his Bachelors in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) and also received his Personal Training Certification from the American Council of Sports Medicine.
Mike has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities and is an expert at working around injuries and helping those individuals reach their health goals.
In his time in college, he also worked with D1 Athletes (specifically the UMASS Amherst Men and Women’s Basketball teams) helping them get stronger, faster, and more athletic.