Not every new lesson has to be complex actions and intense ideas. There are plenty of simple ideas that people overlook and end up faltering on. Let’s address something everyone should know: how to punch.
Punching isn’t just moving a fist into an opponent. Reckless hand tossing won’t incapacitate anyone and is more likely to bust up your own hand trying. Here are the things to keep in mind if you’re only option is to sock it to someone.
Don’t just punch. You should wait for the right moment to swing. Alternatively, you can instigate the opportunity. If they are guarding their face, you can jab at their stomach with your off-hand. These aren’t “hurt them” jabs, but something to coax them into moving their arms down to cover themselves. Now you have an opportunity to strike their head with your dominant hand.
Consider your stance. When you stand with legs apart, non-dominant side forward, you can shift your weight from back to front during the punch. This strikes with your whole body, giving it notably more oomph. Strike hard and fast and remember to follow through with the punch. A common example is to imagine how your body moves when swinging a bat. For maximum pow, have a curve to your swing.
After you swing, quickly return to a defensive position. Just like how you can wait for an opening, so can your opponent. Be mindful of this and be prepared for any retaliation they attempt after you strike.
You should avoid a fight whenever possible. But if there is no other option, you can at least be prepared.
Jim Wright Jr. January 7, 2023
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