March 01, 2007
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.