Fundamentals of punching for street defense

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BOXINGLearning to defend your self is one of the best ways to increase your chances of surviving dangers on the streets. Many attacks involve two or more thugs who have nothing in mind but to inflict violence on law-abiding citizens. And unfortunately, the prevalent thought of most people who ended up as victims is: “That won’t happen to me” or “I’m a peaceful person therefore no violence would come to me.” Although we could find some truth in these thoughts, still we might wonder why bad things happen even to good people. Well, the obvious reason is that violence does not choose its victims therefore it could happen to anyone. Now, with this in mind, it is in our best interest to learn how to defend ourselves; better be prepared than be sorry later.

Let’s get to the basics:

We’ll start with the basics of hand-to-hand fighting.

The first picture shows the orthodox stance for a right-handed person. You may do the reverse if you are left-handed (southpaw stance).

Adopting this stance will help you cover a lot of defensive strategies and offensive capabilities as well.


The second photo shows a defensive maneuver called pullback. This will help you to avoid being hit even if you are within the punching range.

The third photo shows a possible follow-up by punching with your rear hand to your assailant’s face.

The fourth photo shows how to defend by turning your head and body to your right. This is called shoulder roll. This is a defensive move in order to avoid receiving the full power of a punch if in case you get hit.

Boxers like Bernard Hopkins, James Toney and Floyd Mayweather Jr. often use this hence they are known as masters of defense in the world of boxing.

The fifth photo shows another option accomplished by delivering your strongest punch to your assailants’ chin. Normally, I would suggest using a palm strike to avoid breaking your hand especially if you’re dealing with two or more attackers.

Try practicing these basic skills until you get the feel of it.
Note to readers: Although you may practice these by yourself or with a friend it is still best to look for a qualified instructor to help and guide you through the techniques.

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