Straight Arm Punches
The first punches to learn are the straight arm punches — the jab is also called the 1 and the right cross is known as the 2.
The jab is boxing’s “measuring stick”. Offensively, it gets you in range to land your combos and defensively, it can work to keep your opponent at a safe distance. Typically, a rapid punch but lacking significant body weight behind it — the jab is rarely a KO punch — yet still it’s arguably the most important punch in boxing.
In your fight stance, extend the lead arm at full length and parallel to the ground (assuming you are jabbing to the head of opponent and he/she is approximately the same height).Towards the end of the jab’s journey, slightly rotate or corkscrew the forearm inwards. This is called turning the knuckles over and will help recruit more shoulder and hence more power into the punch. Additionally, tuck your chin behind the lead shoulder for protection. After contact is made, rapidly return fist back to your face. Piston-like, straight out, striking through the target and straight back.
The Right Cross
The right cross or 2 is a straight-arm punch that is thrown from the rear or right hand for a right-handed (orthodox) boxer. When executed correctly, the 2 is a KO punch.
In your fight stance, extend your rear fist across your body towards your opponent. Simultaneous to arm extension, pivot on the ball of your rear foot to transfer weight from your lower body into your punch. Think of it this way — the ball of your rear foot is squashing a cockroach or putting out a dropped cigarette. It’s a small but significant movement. This pivoting action initiates hip movement, allowing you to partially rotate your body weight into the punch and generate considerable weight transfer which means more power. We’re talking potentially fight-stopping power. Warning, don’t cock your arm back before initiating the punch. This is called ‘telegraphing’ the punch and you’ll lose the element of surprise, making the punch easy to defend against. Additionally, tuck your chin behind the lead shoulder for protection. Finally, turn the knuckles over just before impact and then retract hand rapidly back to starting position. Once again, piston-like, straight out, striking through the target and straight back.
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