The overhand is what the name implies – it is a punch you throw over the hands of your opponent to hit them in the head. Sometimes pulling or pushing your opponents hands down on the strike. The rest of the punches flow and follow on from the overhand right to turn it into a little combination for you to practice.
Gaps are often open in opponents guard presenting striking opportunities. Uppercuts strike underneath the jaw, an area that is often open but quite difficult to hit as it requires you to get in close. Uppercuts are also often performed incorrectly which open you to being hit by removing your defense.
The right hook is an underrated boxing punch that has a lot of potential and power but it is quite difficult to execute. Therefore it is a punch that should not be excluded from your training – it may not work for some people as everyone has their signature punches but I still encourage drilling and practicing it.
Boxing combinations flow from one hit into another as your body’s weight shifts. In this case we are not going to throw a hit from the opposing arm following the first left hook. We are instead going to quickly reload the left hook and fire again as if the first hook lands and the opportunity is still open.
After learning the straight jab and back hand we next learn how to throw the left hook. Adding the left hook also teaches you how to transfer your body weight so that you may flow with your punches, linking them together to form combinations. In this tutorial we use the basic 1232 combo as an introduction.
If you stand too close your opponent can hit you whereas if you stand too far you will need to take multiple steps before you can strike your opponent. This tutorial will help you find the optimal distance to stand from the bag or your opponent and teach you how to maximize your punch range by extending your arms.