HOW TO HOOK PUNCH
The Boxing Hook Punch or the Hook Punch or, simply the
Hook, is a punch used to deliver a powerful and devastating blow to your opponent. It can knock out your
opponent or cause your opponent to be severely stunned and "see stars". These "stars" are little silvery dots
that are seen as a person begins to lose consciousness.
The power comes from twisting the body during delivery and by locking the
arm and shoulder while punching. It is sneaky because your opponent could have a shield up and you can still
deliver the punch past the arms creating the shield. Or, if your opponent has shoulder/deltoids and hands
covering the mandible knock out spot, you can still hit them and cause the blow to pass through them into the
knock out spot causing a stunning action.
HOW TO DO THE HOOK
The arm starts by being completely bent at the
The elbow points to the ground.
The hand is clenched in a fist with the thumb
The fist-hand is usually in front of you, whether in a right or left lead
or in a neutral stance with both hands in front.
The fist-hand is ideally 12 - 18 inches away.
The fist-hand is in the upper chest area, ideally just below the
The punch starts out by lifting the entire arm in one continuous and
smooth flow using the elbow to start the movement.
As the elbow moves upward, the fist-hand begins to move upward until the
entire arm and hand become level with the ground.
The fist-hand should be at the level of the target which
should always be the knock out spot.
Now with fist-hand ready to deliver the Hook, the entire body works in
harmony as the torso and ball of the foot quickly turn with the punch into one solid snap of
By using the entire body, along with the legs and foot, maximum power is
generated and delivered with great intensity inflicting the most pain and probable chance of a knock
After delivering the Hook, return back to the starting stance and reverse
the movements of the delivery of the Hook.
This would be moving the elbow downward until the elbow points to the
ground and the fist-hand has the thumb facing upward once again.
Although the arm is usually returned to the starting position ready for its
next move an alternative action is to perform some other technique, depending upon your skills and the
position of your opponent after your punch.
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