Boxing offense is comprised of a variety of punches, each with its own trajectory, power capability and energetic cost. The following are the punches covered by our boxing curriculum at Tristar Gym Vancouver and some of their uses:
The Jab – The jab may be the most useful punch in our arsenal although it is not by any means the most powerful. It is used to gauge distance, test an opponent’s reaction, manage distance, as well as annoy or frustrate an opponent. It is the fastest strike a boxer may have as it is the closest to the target and also a straight line. Straight line theory tells us that the shortest distance between to places is a straight line, so it only makes sense that straight punches are automatically faster than round punches.
The Cross – The cross is a very useful tool as it is a power punch, a straight-line attack and also the longest-range punch available to a boxer. This is often the preferred attack to finish an opponent after a variety of distracting jabs and hooks.
The Hook – The hook is a very useful punch for attacking from the side, often around an opponent’s guard. It’s a very common strategy to distract an opponent with two straight punches, bringing their awareness to the front of their body and then attacking from the side with a hook. This can be seen in the 1-2-3 or jab, cross, hook combination.
The Uppercut – The uppercut is a punch that is used slightly less than the afore mentioned strikes but that does not however discount its importance to a well-rounded boxer. The uppercut is largely used as a deterrent against an opponent lowering their heads. If one throws a jab and the opponent drops down to get underneath it, an uppercut can quickly make them realize that they should not repeat that action.
The Overhand – The overhand may have more importance than many people realize. If you take a person that has never been trained in boxing and ask them to throw a punch as hard as they can, they will most likely throw an overhand. It may be sloppy and lack balance or accuracy, but it will probably generate a decent amount of force. This is the one punch that seems to be built into our DNA. Because of this, a trainer will usually force a new recruit to focus on straightening it out into a cross. This is unfortunate as it is an oversight to only focus on the cross and completely abandon the overhand. Both punches have place within a boxer’s arsenal. A cross for instance may make a boxer lean back and pull up to get above the cross. This is a perfect opportunity to throw an overhand as while rising up the opponent will run directly into it creating the heavily sought-after double impact.
Boxing has been around for centuries and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t going anywhere. In order to develop properly as a boxer, one must seek proper training under a skilled and capable coach. This is what we at Tristar Gym Vancouver can provide. Come down, enjoy a free trial and let’s get going on your boxing journey!