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How to Throw a Punch for UFC Training

Learn how to throw a punch from kickboxing champion Phil Nurse in this Howcast UFC training video.


My name is Kru Phil Nurse. I run a Muay Thai-style fighting gym in New York City called The Wat. We have some of the world champion fighters that trained at The Wat. If you want to find out more about The Wat, you can contact us at Today we're gonna be talking about the UFC. Punching, a basic one, two punch is you know, pretty much your bread and butter of a fight sometimes. And you know, you need to keep your guard tall, you're trying to protect this cause potentially, this is where you're gonna get knocked out, hitting this chin. So you wanna keep this covered, hands up, cover the chin, no matter what you do, keep this covered. Don't stick this in the air, that's pretty much where you get caught. So where just gonna cover a basic one, two punch If I'm throwing a, a jab. A jab is usually used to get my distance, let me know where my opponent is. It's not necessarily a hard punch but it keeps me knowing where my opponent is. Like I said, this chin is right behind this shoulder right now. It's not down here, it's behind my shoulder, my right hand is on my chin. When I throw my right hand, I'm gonna do the same thing but this has to be parallel. So I change it, now this is on my chin and this is on my chin. But at the same time, what a lot of people do, the'll go jab and then they'll drop this one to make it fast, and then they open up on the left side. So what you've got to do is keep these parallel to each other when you throw the jab and the curls. The jab is getting a distance, it hits, it tells you where your opponent is, you've got your chin protected on your left, you've got your chin protected on the right, and now they've got to pass parallel to each other and then to come through with the cross. Which is hopefully if you're right handed, that's your knock-out punch. Jab setup, cross, finish the fight.

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