Hook Punch
Starting with your guard up and from the ready position the hook punch is created by a circular motion commencing with the legs. Bend the knees slightly to drop your weight and then rise in a circular motion by turning the front foot and hip inwards slightly. Bring your hand up and over (as though you were punching over your opponents shoulder), with your feet, hips and shoulder all turning in the same direction. Do not over-rotate beyond the width of your shoulders. As with all the punches, immediately recover back to ready position with your guard up, ready for the next move. But like all other punches there are many variations, you may be striking to different levels or angles still using what is essentially a hook punch.


To perform the hook punch remember:

  • Good form.
  • Can be practiced from left or right ready stance.
  • Turn your feet and legs in the same direction as your punch in order to maximise travelling weight and coordination.
  • Recover your punch back to guard position with your elbows and forearms tucked into your body.
  • This technique should be developed at a slow speed, training the body and arm motion before increasing the velocity of the movement.
  • All techniques should be practiced under the supervision of a qualified instructor.