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The 6ix Punches

THE PUNCHES

06

JAB

“Inactivity is the biggest sin in boxing.” – Sugar Ray Leonard

The punch that sets the stage. It’s the build up, the lead up to the sweet, sweet punches to follow. The jab lets you gauge (and keep) the distance between you and your opponent and doesn’t require much commitment or weight transfers. It’s playful, quick and snappy.

Extend your left hand and rotate your fist so it’s horizontal upon impact. Use your legs, hips and core for power and aim for your opponent’s nose. When you reach the full extension bring your left shoulder up to your chin for that extra rotation. Quickly snap your hand back to your face. They didn’t call Mayweather “Pretty Boy” for nothin’.

CROSS

“Sure the fight was fixed. I fixed it with a right hand.” – George Foreman

The power shot. Boxing’s not what you start with, but what you leave with… and trust, when done right, this will leave a lasting impression.

Starting at your chin, extend your right hand, rotating your fist so your thumb is facing the ground. As your arm is crossing your body and travelling towards your opponent’s face, dig the ball of your right foot into the ground, transfer your weight to your left foot and rotate your legs, hips and core to the left to drive that power into your shot. Once you’ve smashed your target, quickly retract and get back to your guard position.

Left & Right Hook

“I don’t have to wait for nobody, I move when I wanna move.” – Floyd Mayweather

The “Money” shot. The punch Mayweather used that’s now considered one of the most exquisite left hooks in history. This side punch is stealth, sly and crafty and seemingly comes out of nowhere when executed correctly.

Bring your elbow to shoulder height at a 90 degree angle and rotate your hand so your thumb is facing the ceiling. Turn your hips inwards, digging into the ground once again with your punching hand. Aim for the jawline along your opponent’s head. Upon contact, quickly get back to fighting position.

Left & Right Uppercut

“A fighter takes a punch, hits back with three punches.”  – Roberto Durán

The ultimate attack. The knockout punch. It forces you to get up close and personal with your opponent, leaving you seemingly vulnerable, but allows you to take back that power with one stealthy shot. Believe us, this punch is worth the risk.

You’ll need to stay grounded for this one — both physically and mentally. From your guard position, shift your torso to the same side you’ll be delivering your punch. Drop your punching hand, slightly bend your knees, then thrust that same hand upwards at a 90 degree angle, with your palm facing your face. At the same time your knees will push upwards and your torso and hips will rotate and follow. Once you’ve smashed your target, quickly get back to your fighting stance so you can keep going back for more.