How to Punch in Self-Defense

Learn how to punch in this Howcast self-defense video.

Okay. Today we are going to speak about how to properly punch. But before we do, I want to clarify that this is not a beginner’s move. The reason why I explain that is because most people assume that punching is easy. But if you don’t have the proper training, you are probably causing yourself more problems than damaging the other person.

So the first thing that I want you to notice is how to close your fist. First you open your hand, then you close your fist, and then the thumb never goes in front and never goes below. It should go to the side this way. Okay? So I’m going to show you with [Maripose] a little bit. She’s going to, open your hand. Okay, close it. Exactly. Then don’t put it here. Don’t put it here. To the side.

So the first thing that we are going to do is very easy. She’s going to push me, just like that. Pushing me. Okay? Push me. Exactly. Push me again, again, again, one more time. Nice. So the other thing very, very, very important, try to use the second and the third knuckle, never the fourth or the fifth. Otherwise, you’re probably going to break it. So, again, push and now be aware of the second and the third knuckle. Nice. Again. Nice.

But you not only want to push, you want to punch. So do it really quick. Nice. Nice. You see this nice motion about not only hitting but pushing. That’s very, very important. That’s regarding just the fist. But then you not only want to use your hand or even your elbow. You want to use your shoulder. So in the beginning, that’s why it’s very important to get this motion of pushing so you can push with the elbow and with the shoulder too.

Okay? So try to do it. Nice. Again. Nice. You seal the hand again close. Okay. Put it to the side. Exactly. Push. Push again. Nice. That’s regarding the shoulder and the elbow but she’s doing it already very good. It’s like moving your hips, that’s very important to get this extra strength. It’s basically moving. That’s a foot. Okay. Now you add that to the rest of the movement. Simple as that, okay? Simple. Try to do it. Nice. Very nice. Very nice.

That’s how you punch properly.