All strikes should extend but not lock the arm out as this will injure the elbow. On strikes lift your rear heel. Do not lift your shoulder, Do not drop your other hand. Do not let your elbows flare out unless the strike requires it.
Throwing Strikes is simply the act of being relaxed, then quickly accelerating your hand towards the target as you exhale sharply. You tighten your fist at the moment of impact and then relax the hand to throw more strikes. The trick is to utilize your entire body weight behind the strike without falling off balance. Skills and experience will teach you over time.
For a beginner, the most important thing is to learn the proper striking form. Later on, you will be able to throw many different variations of strikes from different positions and develop your own striking technique to fit your style.
Basic striking Tips
- Turn your whole body and pivot your feet on ALL strikes except the jab.
- Maintain your stance and balance for better power and mobility.
- Make sure the non-punching hand is defending the other side of your body.
- Exhale sharply on every shot.
Jab punch: Compared to all other punches, the jab is faster, longer, most likely to land, and least likely to leave you vulnerable. The jab uses less energy than any other punch and still keeps you in position to follow up with a dangerous power punch (ie: the right cross). You can use the jab to punch, to push, or even to distract. It’s accurate and effective from many angles even if you have limited skill. Whatever leg forward is the leading jab hand. Extend your hand towards your opponent, while exhaling a sharp breath.
NOTHING ELSE MOVES. Move only your front arm, and none of your other limbs. Do not shift your weight forwards or backwards, keep your weight at center.
The extension is the speed portion of the jab. It has to be relaxed and fast. If you tighten your fist too early or visualize your fist becoming a brick and hitting your opponent, it decreases your jabbing speed. Try instead to imagine your fist cracking upwards and forwards like a fast whip, with your knuckles slapping upwards at your opponent.
While your hand is extending outwards, rotate your arm so that your punch lands with the palm facing down and your shoulder rotated up to cover your chin.Snap it back.
Straight punch (Cross): LL forward, rotate your hips and upper body counter clockwise as you pivot your right foot (about 90 degrees).
- Exhale sharply as you extend your right fist straight out from your chin.
- Rotate the fist to land with your palm down striking with front two knuckles.
- Do not let your head lean past your front knee.
Hook: LL forward, hands up. Pivot your feet clockwise (about 90 degrees) as you drop the right heel and lift the left heel.
- Your body rotates as one solid block when you pivot your feet.
- The left arm tightens as you swing your left fist into the target.
The left hook is easily one of the deadliest strikes. It comes from a side angle making it tricky to defend when an opponent is expecting straight punches. It’s also common for knockouts because the punch turns the head and easily makes opponents dizzy. You can throw left hooks to the head or to the body in a liver shot.
Palm heel (tiger): Fingers bent inwards like a claw, palm heel pushing forward, hand on slight angle. Striking with palm.
Hammer Strike: Closed fist. Raise hand up beside ear and strike straight down striking with side of fist. Hand is in vertical position like the end of a hammer.
Uppercut: Closed fist, bring your punch out and up striking on the angle, thrust your hips forward slightly on the extension to increase the power.