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No.3, Rear Hand Hook

What is a Rear Hand Hook?

A punch from the rear hand that moves along the transverse axis in a sideward ‘sweeping’ motion. (Thomson, Lamb and Nichols, 2015). The punch is usually thrown from close range, and requires significant power generated, starting with upward projection from the feet, The uppercut is deemed one of the hardest punches to master in boxing, but can have devastating effect on opponents and has finished many a fight. 

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Learning The Technique of a Good Rear Hook. 

  1. Get into your boxing stance, slightly more straight on.

  2. Hands up and elbows tucked in to protect the ribs and chin.

  3. Step into opponent with a neutral centre of gravity.

  4. With a slight flexion of the knee, rotate your hips perpendicular to your opponent.

  5. This should bring your rear shoulder inline with your front shoulder (square on).

  6. Arm goes out 45 degree flexion on the elbow joint, with fist facing the floor.

  7. Hand comes back rapidly to the start position.

  8. Body twists back to a neutral position, or keeps rotating to allow a follow up shot.