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Seconds Out Boxing Tutorial #8


Uppercuts – Lead uppercut 5 & Rear Uppercut 6

  • The uppercut takes a little more balance and coordination to facilitate but is a great tool when fighting on the inside. 
  • PUNCH NUMBER 5 – Lead Uppercut First and foremost a few things we want to avoid doing when throwing the 5; leaning too far forward over the lead leg, reaching to find the target. Ideally, we want to maintain our balance in our boxing stance, having that weight 50/50.  
  • Instead of leaning too far forward with that punch we can shift our weight onto the front leg and drop our shoulder. When we launch the uppercut we can shift the weight to our back leg and rotate the torso to create power. 
  • Uppercuts to the head are aiming for the bottom of someone’s chin between their guard. As you land the punch your palm should be facing towards you and again aiming those lead knuckles to your target. 
  • One of the most common mistakes when throwing the uppercut is pumping the arm past the rib line to load the punch. Not only does this sacrifice the credibility of this short shot it is easily telegraphed and opens you up to get hit.
  • Punch Number 6 REAR UPPERCUT. Set it up similarly by making sure your knees are bent and you are on the balls of your feet. Dropping slightly into that rear shoulder and load that back leg.
  • From this position fire the uppercut from your chin while you push off the back leg and rotate that back hip. Again making sure we do not load the uppercut!
  • Aiming for the bottom of the chin we need to fire the punch between someone’s guard and make sure our palm is facing towards us.
  • As with all the punches, it’s good to keep in mind that the opposite hand is protecting your face!
  • Reminder to squeeze those glutes and keep that core tight. The uppercuts rely heavily on the rotational power from our obliques and the driving force of our lower body!