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How to Throw a Punch

Updated on October 10, 2009
Brass knuckles.
Brass knuckles.

 I recently spent some time with a dear friend with mine and learnt a vital skill - how to throw a punch. Having never done this before, I can describe this only as an interesting learning curve. As I left my friend's house, I sported bruised, cracked and bleeding knuckles from assaulting the punching bag in the backyard, as well as sparring with my friend.

So, I figured I'd share with the world how to throw a punch - something you'll need to know but hopefully will rarely use. I hope those of you who are experienced in this topic will feel free to laugh - I know I am.

After having learnt only the basics from my friend, I can really only offer a few tips that will help any beginner learn how to throw a half-decent punch:

1. Learn which knuckles to punch with!

I have had quite a few people try to punch me, mostly just playfully, and have noticed that most of them made the same mistake as I used to - trying to punch with their whole fist. By doing this, your knuckles will hit your opponent, whether it be a person or an object, evenly. However, the pressure will be mainly distributed over the two knuckles on the outside: the weakest ones. As I have learnt the hard way, this hurts! When punching, try to do so with your first two knuckles, which stick out more. The rest of your fist will naturally follow through.

2. Keep your thumb out of the picture.

Make sure you tuck your thumbs away over your knuckles and don't have them sticking straight out in the direction that your knuckles are pointing. Otherwise your thumb will hit your opponent and, of course, this hurts too.

3. Don't stick your knuckles out.

Your knuckles should be in no  way deliberately protruding. Some peple, like my friend, have knuckles that naturally stick further out than the rest, and are of course enviable. And although I've never stuck my knuckles out in order to know that it hurts, I daresay it would. Doing this will put more pressure on whichever knuckle(s) you stick out and you may very well end up doing damage to your finger.

4. Relax your elbow.

When you punch, the force is mainly generated in your shoulder and arm. And while your fist takes most of the pressure, your arm is also a victim. It is important to always remember to relax your elbow and arm, especially when you retract your arm from the punch. In this way, you will avoid getting a very sore arm after a few punches.

 So now you know how to throw perhaps a half-decent and painful punch and how to avoid causing yourself damage while doing so. Please leave me your feedback, and if you have any tips to add in a comment, they are appreciated!

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      Cheese 8 years ago

      I broke 2 knukles and cracked four bones leading to an from the knukls deeply 2 times wen I was 6and 12 IT HURT and then some belive use the gentkemans tips here four your best

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Follow up hub: How to Take a Punch

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      kephrira 8 years ago from Birmingham

      good tips.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice Article. GBY My Friend.

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Thanks for the comments, HealthTip and Helen. I appreciate your feedback!

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      I hope I never have to use this but some great info all the same. I must say you have discribed a difficult subject very well.

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      Choke Frantic 8 years ago from Newcastle, Australia

      Creativeone59 - I feel the same way! Thanks for reading my hub.

      Pamela99 - I actually felt a little nervous doing this one, as its a rather different topic to come from me. But thanks anyway, I'm glad you liked it!

      Waren E - Thanks for reading my hub, I'm glad to receive praise from you.

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      Waren E 8 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      Awesome hub CF just awesome!

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      Pamela Oglesby 8 years ago from United States

      This is a different type of hub from you but I liked it. I have never been trained to throw a punch but it is so good to be able to defend yourself if the need arises.

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      Glen 8 years ago from Australia

      Very interesting!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Hey Choke Frantic, very good hub for throwing a punch and hopefully you get the first one thanks for sharing. creativeone59


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