Make Your Punch Count
How to throw a perfect punch
One of the greatest fighters of all time said he never took any pleasure from fighting. But, Muhammad Ali also said he got pleasure out of winning fights. On the verge of fisticuffs is never a place one wants to be. Any gentleman knows how to defuse situations with words instead of force. There are situations though, most often defensive ones, when throwing a punch is necessary. You shouldn’t go looking for fights, but you shouldn’t be a punching bag if a fight comes looking for you.
“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights,” Ali once said.
It might sound counter-intuitive, but you do not want your body to be as tense as Hulk Hogan in the middle of ripping off his tank top. Relax your body, you are going for a quick, properly placed blow. You’re not trying to crush cement.
Your whole body is going to have to work to get a good result, so make sure it is loose and ready to move.
Your arm is a lot lighter than your entire body, so you’re not going to want to rely on just your arm to put enough force and speed behind the punch. Use the momentum gained from twisting your hips to your advantage. Your torso should also be getting into the act and twisting in sync with your hips.
If your rotation is on point, there is no need to lean into the punch at all — in fact you should try to have your body as squared-up as possible.
3.) AIM TRUE
Don’t try to hit your target on the top of their head, the bones up there are likely a lot sturdier and harder than the narrow bones of your fingers. In addition, a lot of people react to a thrown punch by lowering their heads and protecting the head with their arms, so a high punch could completely miss.It’s a lot better to aim for your opponent’s throat. The stuff in that portion of a head is a lot less likely to break your hand, and you’ll accommodate for a downward reaction.
4.) PROPER FIST
If your fist is not clenched properly, you’re going to have a bad time. Keep your fingers tightly, tightly clenched and make sure your thumb is wrapped around your second and third knuckles.
Don’t allow the hand that’s not throwing the punch to stay on the sideline, use it as a shield. Your non-punching hand should be covering your chin area in a manner that allows your elbow to protect your throat.