Killer Body Punching – Tap & Whack

by Fran on November 10, 2017


I have seen the toughest of boxers, boxers who possess incredible punch resistance, double up and writhe in agony from a well-placed body punch.

The liver, the spleen – both are prime targets for fight-ending shots.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that good body punching is simply about pounding away aimlessly at the midriff of your opponent.

If you can create your openings dynamically and on-demand then your chances of landing that fight-ending shot are massively increased.

This video gives you the key points of my ‘Tap and Whack’ approach to creating that golden opening.

The key points:

Vary the power and trajectory of your punches, using decoy ‘taps’ to create openings – either the flanks or the centre line.

Be precise and powerful when delivering your killer shot.

Comments and questions as always are most welcome.



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Ivan November 19, 2017 at 8:11 am

Hi Fran,
Great stuff, good demo and explanation. Power body shots are often overlooked by boxers in combat and judges in scoring but they are a high grade weapon, the first and last resort of the smart brawler.
Most likely a body shot will be used to set up head shots and stylish boxers (Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd, Whitaker, Larry Holmes,) would rarely commit to a body blow. There is a reason for that – most hand injuries occur due to body shots. It’s not even the elbow so often, it’s just that the body is a heavy and tough “shock absorbing” structure meant for protection of vital organs. A body shot is very likely to meet bone and even if it lands on the navel, there is recoil. You still hit a wall, it won’t bounce or turn away like the head. A shock wave goes back through the arm and basically a body shots takes more energy and leaves you wide open.

On the other hand, if you hit the center mass cleanly with a power punch, you get a huge break and basically the rest of the round is yours. If you are able to land consistently to the body, the fight won’t go the distance. A clean liver/solar plexus hit will end the show and leave a lifetime memory for the recipient.

Ivan Ivanov


Fran November 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

Very well put Ivan.

Never really thought about the propensity for hand injuries in relation to delivering boxy shots – but you make a very good point, especially in terms of ribs.

Risk reward though – get it right and it’s a fight-ender, amateur or pro code.

Thanks for the input, smart and well presented as usual.


Areti November 11, 2017 at 10:06 pm

Thanks for the video now I had already started a training ex running and doing some exercises. I also practicing a tap punch, upper-cut and a hook. I need to be guided in my training. Thank again for the videos.

Best regard
Areti Ientere


Fran November 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm

You are very welcome Areti, thank you for your comment


Alex November 11, 2017 at 1:01 pm

Correction: Fran, your tips “ARE” helpful …
Dagnabbit them thar text-afyin’ machines.


Fran November 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Haha. Thanks Alex, and you are very welcome pal


Alex November 11, 2017 at 12:58 pm

Love it. Fran, your tips a helpful and concise. My membership was money well spent.


Steve November 11, 2017 at 2:40 am

Awesome lesson Fran , appreciate the help my friend 👊


Fran November 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Thanks Steve, glad it helps.


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