Boxing How to Guide - Left Uppercut Body Punch
Another 'Boxing How To' guide on body punching, this time the left uppercut to the body. Knowing how to defend against this shot is very difficult. When used alongside hooks to the body it can inflict grievous damage to the toughest of opponents, the slight variations in trajectory proving decisive in the landing of a majorly effective body punch.
Before we get to the mechanics of the boxing how to guide, it is worth understanding that precision is key when looking to land any effective body punch, and particularly this one. If you want to administer the kind of 'shock and awe' that will command respect, then where exactly the punch lands is a major consideration, even more so than any raw power generated.
The 'prime real estate' in which to place the left uppercut to the body is the solar plexus, that collection of nerves so important in the correct operation of the organs in the torso. The solar plexus sits just behind the stomach. So, find the point at the bottom of your sternum (known as the Xiphoid Process), then take the width of about 3 fingers below this. That is the 'sweet spot'.
OK, check out the video then take a look at the mechanics and common faults sections.
Boxing How to Guide - Mechanics
The mechanics of how to land the perfect left uppercut to the body are as follows:
- From the boxing stance, the first action is a drop of the knees. This is a 'duck' and more detail may be found in the article on 'Ducking in Boxing'.
- As the duck is taking place, there is a 'thrust' off the ball of the front foot. This thrust causes a clockwise rotation of the hips.
- Late on in the rotation, let the shot go ensuring that the forearm travels along the same vertical plane as the central axis of the opponent, accelerating all the way and targeting the 'sweet spot' as described in the introductory paragraphs.
- After the shot has landed, return to the boxing stance as quickly as possible.
Boxing How to Guide - Common Faults
- As with other uppercuts described on the site, don't allow the shot to loop too low. You won't add power and will only leave a seriously big gap in your defence. This shot carries risk anyway, so avoid increasing that risk with a poor trajectory.
- Make sure that you aim for the 'sweet spot'. If the shot lands too low on the abdomen, it is unlikely to have the kind of impact that you would hope for. This is because when we work the abdomen (crunches, sit ups etc), that area benefits most and can therefore withstand quite a whack.
- Don't lean in or lean forward. You may find that instead of landing your own uppercut, you take one in return!
There you have it, a boxing how to guide on delivering a proper body punch in the form of the left uppercut. It's a slightly awkward shot to throw, but if you do land it correctly then it can end fights in an instant.
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