The Left Hook

By Becca Borawski

In MMA

March 01, 2007

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Nothing quite catches the attention of an audience like a knockout, whether it be in boxing, kickboxing, or mixed martial arts. The left hook is a particularly famous knockout punch, and it is the focus of the second part of this four-part series on striking. However, it’s not just for knockouts. The left hook can be utilized in the gym to develop explosive power, hip movement, and coordination.

All techniques and stances in the article will be described for a right-handed individual; left-handed fighters will need to reverse the left and right directions for all the techniques (e.g., right foot forward in fighting stance and a right hook).

The Left Hook

There are three distances a fighter can work from: long, middle and tight. The left hook is a powerful tool for the tight distance, also known as “inside” fighting.

The left hook is typically a power punch and consequently a fighter puts his whole body into the punch. Fighters who do not train proper technique fall victim to what is termed an “arm punch,” or a punch without the power of the hip and bodyweight behind it, strictly swinging the arm. As with everything in CrossFit, our goal is to learn to use multiple joints and the entire body in coordination, with the end result being powerful explosive movement.

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3 Comments on “The Left Hook”

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Cap wrote …

In my humble opinion and after training in boxing for several years that is not the ideal hook position to land and is commonly taught in martial arts. I dont like it because I believe that it can tweak the wrist and cause unfavorable pain.

Another technique to land the hook punch is with the hand landing with the thumb up position after whipping the arm into a hook punch. Looking at the picture with the new technique I described will have the left boxing glove thumb in the up position.

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Hey there Cap - thanks for the feedback! If you read the whole article, both hand positions are addressed and the uses for each in Bridget's opinion. She is a world champion boxer and kickboxer, so while obviously every practitioner forms their own opinion from their own experience, hers is pretty in-depth.

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Hey there Cap -- if you read the whole article, both hand positions are actually addressed. :)

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