Boxing How To Guide - Body Shots at Long Range
When developing 'Boxing How To' guides on body punches, I'll bet that most people will think of hooks and uppercuts. This is quite reasonable. The majority of hurtful body shots tend to be short to mid-range hooks and uppercuts. However, no Boxing How To guide on body punches should exclude straight shots, or any other long range shot for that matter.
This Boxing How To guide has a focus on the straight shots. So, in the video I use the jab and the straight back hand (right cross). I do not go into the mechanics of how to throw the individual punches as they do not differ in technique from those already described on the site. To find out exactly the technique of each punch, check out the links below:
Just before we watch the video and get into the mechanics of how to throw long range body shots, it's worth bearing one thing in mind. Straight shots to the body are most effective when used against an oncoming opponent. The straight back hand to the body, when timed correctly using the forward momentum of the opponent, has some real stopping power. It's a punch that is best used in a defensive setting. Defense and attack being part of a total fighting style. As was said by Napoleon Bonaparte, "Defensive war does not exclude attacking, just as offensive war does not exclude defending..."
Boxing How To Guide - Mechanics
- From the boxing stance the first action is a duck.
- As you are ducking, fire out the jab, straight back hand or both. The shot(s) should travel along a straight line from the shoulder to the target. The target? The solar plexus, as described in the Boxing How to Guide - Left Uppercut to the Body.
- Return to the boxing stance.
Boxing How To Guide - Common Faults
There is only really one fault to be wary of, aside from the faults that may present themselves with the jab and right cross to the head. There is often an urge to be lazy and punch down toward the target. For long range shots this leaves you particularly exposed to incoming punches (especially the very unpleasant uppercut) and using your forward momentum to increase the power of those incoming shots. You are also vulnerable to over-balancing, again not a good place to be.
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