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No.2, The Rear Hand Straight (AKA Cross)

What is a Rear Hand Straight?

A straight punch from the rear hand that moves along the sagittal plane (the central visual line) from anterior to posterior (Thomson, Lamb and Nichols, 2015). The rear hand straight requires excellent timing and speed to be successful. It can be thrown singular but is usually found in combination punch sequences. 

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Learning The Technique of a Good Rear Hand Straight (Cross). 

  1. Get into your boxing stance, 

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

  3. Transfer weight onto the back foot, 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 straight with fist facing your face.

  7. Arm rotates to face the floor just before full extension of the elbow joint.

  8. Hand comes back rapidly to the start position.

  9. Body twists back to a neutral position, or keeps rotating to allow a follow up shot (usually a jab or hook)