How To Throw A Knockout Punch
Maybe you're a boxer who is tired of having to go the distance, or maybe you just get drunk and shoot your mouth off a bit too much at bars; whatever the reason, you want to know how to throw a knockout punch. This article will be able to give you some advice on how to accomplish it—but nothing can make up for practice. Going out and hitting a heavy bag or taking boxing lessons will get you much further. You also shouldn't use any of the powers of the knockout punch for evil, only for self defense and in controlled environments.
- Use your body. Generally speaking, unless you have an arm the size of a treetrunk with Hulk Hogan wrapped around it, you won't be able to knock somebody out with just your arm strength. The power of a knockout punch comes from your body, and you will have to utilize your own body's weight and momentum in order to give somebody a high dose of unconsciousness. This may sound vague, but if you've ever pushed something heavy or lifted something that needed all your strength, you know how to use your natural momentum.
- Happen-Stance. The way to make sure you get all of your power behind a knockout punch comes down to your stance. Like a homerun hitter in baseball trying to get all his power behind a swing, your footwork will be one of the most important parts of throwing a devastating punch. You want to place your dominant foot behind your less dominant foot slightly, and then aim for the chin, face, or temple of your opponent. When you throw the punch, at about the halfway point when the arm comes across the body, you want to turn your weight into the punch in order to get the momentum needed for a knockout.
- The follow through. When you see someone throw a huge punch in the movies, there is usually an enormous, arching follow through. This might look dramatic, but it isn't entirely practical. For a good, quick knockout punch you want to have a snap to it. You want to time the punch so it hits its target at the apex of its power. Your first should connect and then not need to go anywhere else. With the right practice and power, your opponents head will jerk back, causing more disorientation and increasing the possibility of a knockout punch. Remember though, you should never be out to hurt your opponent, just win the fight- and as easy as you can knock someone out, you can be knocked out yourself.