Questions tagged [punching]

A punch is defined as a strike with a fist (i.e., a closed hand). Use this tag for questions related to striking techniques that are performed with a fist.

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Boxing: Short Range Jab

When doing a close range jab, someone mentioned to keep your elbow more horizontal as it allows you to bend your elbow further back. Is it proper to do a short range jab like this? I usually keep it ...
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Punching with knuckles first correctly

It seems like when I punch and need to punch with knuckles first, I have to angle down, otherwise, it hits the bottom of fingers first and not the knuckles, when practicing against heavy bag. Check ...
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Punching: Make a fist and curl fingers correctly

I noticed that some people teach to make a fist like picture below, and clench fingers at the visible top part of hand (green line). However, doing this even after practicing flexibility, makes my ...
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Boxing Uppercut Motion: Is Arm steady?

In boxing, they say on the Hook punches 5-6, you are not supposed to extend your arm (like cross jab). You keep your arm steady-static, and rotate the from the hips. Is this same principle true for ...
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Which Muscles are Flexed in a Punch?

In boxing, I learned to relax your muscles, Learning to keep muscles loose, helps with speed and quickness. At the very end, clench and tense your fist before moment of impact. When you tense/clench ...
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If I am in an actual self defense situation, which is better, punching or palm strikes?

Is it overall better to use punches on an assailant or palm strikes? I don't want to break my fingers when punching, but is punching safer? Or should I switch to palm strikes?
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Punching Left Hooks: While Securing the Face or Body at the same time

Is there a way to Punch Left Hook properly, while securing and defending the Head/neck or body area? When doing a basic jab or straight-cross, the head is protected from the arms in front, and ...
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Boxing against "Inside Boxers" Who prefer punching at close range

Are there any tactics in fighting against "inside boxers"? In light sparring, my opponent is always trying to get inside, and deliver small hooks and upper cuts at close range. I decided to ...
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Boxing Corkscrew Punch: Is it the default punch?

Is the "Corkscrew punch" the defacto/regular punch in boxing? It seems like most boxers are doing this anyways in their jab/cross punch, where wrist is rotated and thumb is slightly angled ...
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Punching: Which way to Rotate Knuckles?

Why do they teach person to hit with knuckles horizontal in especially MMA and Muay Thai? It seems this can cause wrist damage, and hyperextension over the years. In Krav Maga they say to rotate ...
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Replacing the uppercut with palm strike?

Note: The word "uppercut" below refers to an uppercut to the chin. In the context of self defense (that is to say, no gloves), would it be safer to replace an uppercut with an upward palm ...
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Drag back foot forward during a cross

Over the decades, I cobbled together a repertoire of drills from various classes in karate, kickboxing, and a bit of boxing (very little). I cycle through them, but sometimes I come across something ...
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What is an optimal way to evade a punch?

I want to know what is the best way to evade a punch in MMA: dodging, parrying, blocking or stepping back (so that you are out of reach)? Specifically I am looking for a way to evade a punch such that ...
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Does bicep development affect punching power?

Context: I've been boxing for a few years now and decided with my coaches (a bit before the pandemic hit) that I would move up a weight class. As I was confined and didn't have access to the gym, most ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I would like to know if training with a laundry punching bag such as this is equivalent to using a real punching bag?
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How to train your hands while working with punching/ boxing bag

In real life, when you need to fight you have no gloves. How can I train my hands for real life punching in fight. I read articles that claim that when working with punching/ boxing bag you have to ...
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Does spinning around yourself help reduce the dizziness from a punch on the jaw?

Does spinning around yourself help reduce the dizziness from a punch on the jaw, and prevent getting knocked out easily?
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How can I make my knuckles harder? [duplicate]

Is there a way to make my knuckles harder, so if I punch someone I get less hurt and they get more hurt. Or if I miss and hit a rock the odds of breaking my knuckles is decreased? Is this possible, ...
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Boxing, right punch - how to improve shoulders full turning?

I have noticed a problem with my right punch: I do not turn my shoulders fully, so my right punch doesn't go as far as I expected. I've tried training with dumbbells, trying to make a full turn with ...
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Is it possible to compile a list of discrete/distinct striking techniques (hands/arms)?

I almost asked a duplicate question earlier: What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing? It asked the question that I wanted to ask, and its answers were disappointing. ...
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Boxer breaking boards, karateka punching punching bag

We strongly associate a boxer training in front of a punching bag, and a karateka breaking boards. Would the boxer or the karateka benefit from cross training, that is, boxer breaking boards, ...
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Can hitting a heavy bag lead to wrist or finger arthritis?

My hands have been sore after dozens of punches with MMA-style light gloves on a heavy-bag. I'm wondering if many strikes to a heavy-bag (many of which likely land on the proximal (third from end of ...
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Why are punches to the head prohibited in some Eastern striking martial arts?

Some eastern martial arts (such as karate, taekwondo) prohibit straight boxing-style strikes/punches to the head in their sports rules: A punch that makes strong contact with the opponent's hogu ...
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What knocks a person out: Is it energy or force?

Intuitively I know faster punches = more speed is better. But also mass is important for generating force as well as energy. In high school physics we learn E = 1/2 mv^2 so energy is proportional to ...
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How can just one punch subdue an opponent with a machete?

The screenshot beneath hails from a brief fight from the 2007 film Shake Hands with the Devil. As you can see, Maj Brent Beardsley (portrayed by James Gallanders who uploaded this video) is about to ...
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Concerns with lead leg while throwing a jab

When throwing a jab is it necessary to step with the lead leg to add some power? I personally step with both feet for the sake of a strong base, also not to be vulnerable for an inside leg sweep to ...
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Where can I find a good source for invisible strike

As can be seen in the video there are invisible strikes. I would like to know where can I find more like those. In addition, I would like to know what is the idea and the tricks that stand beyond the ...
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What body factors limit the number of punches in a combo?

What limits the number of quick punches a boxer is able to throw in a combo (eg. a 1-2-1-2... or 1-2-3-2... combo)? Is it related to breathing and cardiovascular ability, muscular strength, weight or ...
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Should a martial artist wear baggy or form-fitting pants?

I'm doing a little bit of research for a project. Basically, for a fighting style that consists mostly of punches, what are the pros and cons of body-fitting pants (trousers, not overly tight ...
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Why doesn't karate use hook punches like boxing does?

Why don't karateka use hook punches in kihon or kumite? The basic technique exists (kagi zuki) and can be found in several kata eg: heian godan and the tekki kata but it is always performed as a kind ...
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Punching speed vs proper technique/force

So the correct way to punch in k1/kickboxing is to twist your body, on your foot as you do it, right? But when I try to increase my rapid punching speed I saw that I cannot twist my feet to punch ...
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Punch bags in a rental apartment

I'v been learning Krav-Maga for many years and now I mostly train on my own. When working with other people, I could train on others, or at least they were holding those punching pillows on which I ...
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Why are some people just not getting knocked out?

I just watched this compilation https://youtu.be/p4aRkLSgNGY. I've been sparring for a few months now, and even though I've never been knocked out, I can see how one would get knocked out. In this ...
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How to effectively defend against a boxer with kicks

This evening I was engaged in a street fight and I realized that he was a boxer because of his stance. His kicks were very weak, but he was pretty fast in punching and he was taller. I realized I ...
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Why is it easier to punch with palm facing out then down [duplicate]

I recently joined a Muay Thai gym and am doing hundreds of punches. I had one martial arts teacher who taught us to make fists with our palms perpendicular to the earth (thumbs on top) like they do ...
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Chest punches - deceptively useful, or movie fantasy?

I know that Wing Chun has the chain punching that can target the chest / solar plexus so as to rattle the other guy and not provide any opportunity to recover. But why not do the same punches to the ...
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Why was `Rumble in the Jungle` held in Zaire?

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) on October 30, 1974wikipedia Kinshasa is in Africa, which is far away from USA. It was ...
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Punching, vertical vs horizontal

Are punches to the head more dangerous if you are in the floor, or if you are standing? Can the attacker apply more force vertically upside-down, or, when he's standing?
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Punching a speed ball against a wall

I have access to a speed ball (a freestanding one) for training. It's great for the purpose it was made, hand-eye coordination, punching accuracy, and quickness, but I need something that offers more ...
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How to do Pai kui and the Cheet jeung techniques?

My friend and I are practicing southern style mantis kung fu, but we do not have an academy that teaches this. How do those two techniques work? It would be great with pictures, but if not, no ...
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Ways for Chin Strengthening

Are there any good workouts to strengthen your chin to reduce the probability of getting knocked out?
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Supposedly potentially deadly techniques

As a teenager I heard from other teenagers (and read in some thriller spy book) that death could result from a palm strike to the nose, as it would drive a sliver of bone into the brain. Is there ...
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How can I improve my defense speed?

I have been a Shito Ryu karate student for seven years now. I would like to know if there is a way to make my defences faster than they are now.
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Difference between a jab, wing-chun punch, and corkscrew punch

A Jab is a straight punch, a Wing-Chun punch looks like this, and a Corkscrew punch looks like this. What is the difference in terms of speed & power between these punches?
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How do you reliably measure your punching power?

Is there a device of some kind that allows you to do that? I've tried phone apps and this little game with HTC Vive headset, but it seems to be quite unreliable, since it only calculates the speed, ...
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Improving punching power with a medicine ball

Is it reasonable to punch a medicine ball to improve punching speed? I mean one of these medicine balls that look like a stuffed soccer ball, not the ones that are quite hard, like a stuffed ...
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Any conditioning exercise that can prevent concussion caused by a punch or kick to the head or neck?

I have noticed that during kick boxing every time I receive a punch or kick on the head or even neck I tend to go into concussion. I initially suspected it to be vertigo but it seems more like ...
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How to visualize a Krav Maga straight punch?

I'm trying to learn the mechanics of a straight punch by myself without an in-person teacher; even youtube videos aren't too clear for me. I'm right handed and want to know exactly how the 45 degree ...
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Karate practise by thera band

Will punching by tying a Thera band on my hand or karate belt help me in improving my punching power? I am a karate student of seishinkai shito ryu style.
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What are the six ways to keep a left jab from landing?

I keep seeing quotes from boxing trainers that mention "six ways to keep a left jab from landing". There are six ways to keep a left jab from landing. Six ways. For a left jab to land over and ...
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