The Basics of Punching

The truth is, men fight.  Maybe not for fun, but every person I know of that meets the definition of “man” I’ve laid out has been in at least one fight in their lives.  When you think about it, it’s inevitable.

However, if you’re someone raised in the “conflict is bad” era, you may not know how to correctly throw punches.

If you’re one of those, no judgment here.  You’re at least wanting to learn how to throw down if you ever need to, so here’s a video I came across that might help.  Please excuse the hamhanded attempts at advertising, because the information is pretty good.

These are just two punches, and there are plenty of them, but it’s a good start. Learn these two correctly and practice them regularly, and you’ll be well ahead of the curve if you find yourself in a fight.

For the young people out there, do not take this and use it to push other people around.  Men are protectors, not bullies.  They look out for others.  They don’t seek to enforce their will on those weaker than them.

Now with the disclaimer out of the way–and if you’re someone who needed that disclaimer to know bullying is wrong and stupid, go away because I don’t want you here–let’s get back to a discussion of these punches.

The jab and the cross are very basic, but they end a lot of fights.  Start with just air punches like in the video.  After you get the basics down, you can start with a punching bag.  Personally, I recommend a heavy bag to start with.

You may want to protect your hands a bit.  Fighters use wraps to protect their hands and wrists, but some folks who only punch the bag casually use gloves like these.  I’ve got a similar pair and they work pretty well.

“But, Tom, what about the other punches?”

Dude, I’m not a fight instructor.  I’m a writer and, some might argue, a philosopher.  When I fight great videos on other punches–to say nothing about kicks–I’ll share them.  I’m not about to try to tell you how to do this stuff when there are no doubt people who have a lot more experience than I do who have already put it out on the internet.

But don’t worry.  I’ll find them and share them with you.

Author: Tom

Tom is a husband, father, novelist, opinion writer, and former Navy Corpsman currently living in Georgia. He's also someone who has lost almost 60 pounds in a safe, sustainable way, so he knows what he's talking about.