The Left hook and the right uppercut from an Orthodox stance |
The left hook is technically one of the most difficult punches to learn, but if correctly executed it can be a powerful weapon , whether used at medium to full range, to the head or body.
The punch starts with a weight transfer to the left side, the left elbow is brought up almost parallel to the floor so that the arm forms a sort of hook shape ; your left palm should be facing downwards, at the same time, pivot on the ball of your left foot, left heel facing outwards, your left leg and torso turning sharply to the right. Hit through the target. Note that the arm does not move independently, it is powered by the leg, hips and back in a twisting motion.
The hook is a difficult punch to defend against because it is thrown from outside the line of your opponents vision. When throwing the left hook, remember to keep your right hand up and recover your left hand back to guard.
The uppercut is a very useful close/medium range punch. It is delivered straight up inside your opponent’s guard. The uppercut is also a favoured punch for a tall fighter against a much smaller crouching opponent. At medium range the uppercut can be a devastating counter punch.
Transfer your weight slightly to your right hand side, dip your knees slightly so your right elbow nears your hip, rotate your fist (palm facing yourself), without cocking your arm back, propel the punch upwards by twisting your torso ( right side of your body), accelerate, contact and recover to guard.
Care must be taken not to “telegraph” the punch.
Note for southpaws If you are left handed or prefer to box with the right foot forward, reverse the instructions where applicable.
Keep practising and train hard.
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