A Punch is a strike with a closed fist to inflict damage on the opponent, it is most commonly used in Boxing.
There are four basic punches in boxing: the jab, cross, hook and uppercut. Any punch other than a jab is considered a power punch. If a boxer is right-handed (orthodox), his left hand is the lead hand and his right hand is the rear hand. For a left-handed boxer or southpaw, the hand positions are reversed. For clarity, the following discussion will assume a right-handed boxer.
|Cross||A direct straight punch similar to the jab, except delivered with the rear hand. Power is generated through the rotation of the hips.|
|Jab||The jab is a straight blow delivered with the arm above the lead foot. This punch must land from the knuckles and not from a flat fist. It is generally used for distraction.|
|Hook||A punch involving the use of turning to aim toward the side of the head or body. This punch must land from the very tips of the knuckles and not from a flat fist.|
|Uppercut||The fist is raised vertically towards the target, usually the head or upper body. Since most guards are held with the arms in a vertical position, the uppercut can be used to avoid the opponent's attempts at blocking. This punch must land from the very tips of the knuckles and not from a flat fist.|