This will be a short post about the punch numbering system in boxing. The numbering system can vary from coach to coach, gym to gym, but there is a standard way which most people learn when they first start boxing.
If a boxer wants to target the ribs of their opponent, there is no better punch than an explosive body hook. However, for many new boxers, throwing one may feel awkward because it is quite different from a high hook. This article introduces to the beginner boxer the body hook.
The last punches to learn are the uppercuts. An uppercut is a punch that is thrown upwards instead of straight ahead (jab and straight) or looping to a side (lead and rear hooks).
Being the second straight punch in a boxer’s arsenal, the straight is both fast and powerful. While the technique for a jab and hooks may vary depending on style, the technique for a straight requires more emphasis.
Hooks are power punches thrown with an emphasis on rotation. They are meant for close-range boxing and have more power than other punches at the cost of being slow.
This article will be about the jab, a simple punch in boxing that has many uses but is often overlooked.