Power punching techniques
Not all punches are created equal.
There are times when you will have your opponent hurt. That is, he’s off balance, stumbling, maybe a bit shaken up and fuzzy-headed…
It is at this point in the fight that you want to unleash your power punching techniques.
What are they?
Although opinions might vary, I think it’s fair to refer to these as power punches:
- Straight right
- Overhand right
- Power left hook
- Right hook
You can throw these punches with maximum power, but they can be a bit slow. An experienced opponent might be able to counter punch you.
Because of this danger, you don’t want to start off the fight throwing big overhand rights or right hooks. But if he’s hurt and unable to defend himself adequately, these are the sorts of punches you use to end the fight.
When to throw power punching techniques
As mentioned, don’t use these punches right away. Wait until you can throw them without opening yourself up to unnecessary risk.
To get the most power, you’ll want to set your punches. That is, you want to get your feet set and punch with all your body weight behind it. This means you won’t really be throwing classic combinations. The punches won’t come in bunches.
Do they work in street fights?
You have to be very careful with these punches in a street-fight situation.
The problem is: they generate so much punching power that you can literally break your hand or your wrist.
This is a very real concern. If you’re in a self-defense situation where your safety or your family’s safety depends on winning the fight, you must avoid injuring your hand. And if you’re just fighting for the “fun” of it, you don’t want to be crippled for nothing.
The only real way to avoid breaking your hand with an ultra-powerful punch is to make sure you hit what you’re aiming at. This sounds obvious, but remember that these powerful punches are slow and your enemy can see them coming. If he sees a punch coming, he won’t get hurt by it.
So, make sure not to hit your opponent’s elbows or skull or you’ll risk breaking your hand. Only use these punches when he’s hurt or off-balance and you can be sure that you’re going to hit your target.