Whether you’re a seasoned fighter or someone who’s barely ever thrown a punch at a bag, you might find yourself in a dangerous situation which requires you to act fast. Certain parts of the body can incapacitate an opponent when hit, giving you enough time to seek shelter or call for help. But these aren’t just any old moves, so only use them when the situation calls for it: they’re designed to hurt, and the damage they cause can be long term.
Hit ‘Em Where it Hurts
- A strike straight to the chin, if powerful enough, can knock your opponent out because of the way it twists the head with speed and severity.
- The nose has soft cartilage bone which can be easily damaged, and a fast punch to the nose can cause instant breakage and bleeding, incapacitating your adversary with pain.
- Right underneath the ear is the hinge of the jaw. Hitting this can break the jaw instantaneously.
- The side of the neck, where the carotid artery is, is also the location of the vagus nerve. When hit, the vagus can cause extreme dizziness and nausea in an instant.
- The trachea is a dangerous place to hit, reserved only for when one is in great danger. Just a small hit to the base of the throat causes the trachea to collapse and can lead to choking and oxygen deprivation.
- Hitting the base of the skull is called a rabbit punch, but it’s not as cute as it sounds. This move can cause lifelong injuries to the spinal cord.
- The solar plexus is a spot often pointed out in self-defense classes; it’s where your ribs end and your stomach begins. A focus, powerful punch here knocks the breath of an opponent.
- Kidney punches cause intense pain in the abdomen. To do them right, the shot must be aimed upward, near the bottom of the ribcage.
- The groin goes without saying: striking this sensitive area can render your opponent useless.
Types of Knockout Punches
New to fighting? You might want to learn these classic punches. If you’re already well-versed in fighting, you would be acquainted with these kinds of punches. While the advice above might not be allowed in a properly sanctioned ring, these are the punches which would be just as effective In a match:
The Left Hook
One of the most effective types of punches in the orthodox stance, this uses your jab hand to close the gap between you and your target, meaning the distance it travels is comparatively less. This allows a greater amount of energy to transfer in your punches, if you have your technique right. Some pointers on technique: make sure your two largest knuckles are the point of contact when throwing a hook, and try stay as discreet as possible with your fist so that it takes your opponent by surprise.
The best knockout punch can be simple: go for a cross. The direction depends on whether you fight southpaw or orthodox. This center-aligned punch is a necessary move in any boxer’s toolkit. Practice with maximum force straight to the bag to build up power from your base. If this one doesn’t knock your opponent clean out, the follow-up you throw after definitely will.
A well-timed counter punch can be the key to knocking your adversary out flat, and the best part is it uses your opponent’s own forward-moving momentum against them. When they’re coming in, punch forward against their head in whatever style you prefer. This requires an understanding of your opponent’s moves: it’s all about timing. Make sure they don’t see it coming and you’ll have them flat on their back.
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