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How to Throw a Dynamite Straight Punch: An Illustrated Guide

Open opponent up with some high jabs and a few fakes. End sequence with jab from your non-dominant hand so your dominant hand is ready to throw the straight punch. When your opponent drops his guard, you’re ready to throw your dynamite punch.  Bring shoulder and jab hand back while simultaneously throwing the straight punch with your dominant hand. Don’t broadcast the punch; keep elbow in. Right knee points at left knee. Increase your punch’s power by pushing off back foot and twisting hips much like you would swing a baseball bat. Drive toes into ground like you’re squishing a bug.  For maximum power, don’t aim at your opponent’s face, but behind it. Punch straight out and straight back. Keep jab hand up to protect against any counters.

The straight punch (also called the cross) is an effective blow to deal a fighting opponent. John L. Sullivan is on deck today to show you how to deliver this punch with dynamite power.

Illustration by Ted Slampyak

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