If you spend some time training with boxers, you know the power of a good lead hook. It’s a devastating blow when delivered properly. But not only in the ring, it works well on the street too.
Take a look at this street fight here:
Some quick thoughts:
- I wasn’t there. I have no idea why these men are fighting, what happened before or what came after. So I won’t comment on that part. It looks like there was plenty of opportunity for both of them to walk away, but I wasn’t there so who knows?
- Lead hooks can be fast. Look at the speed of both blows. Straight line punches are considered faster by default because of the shorter distance they travel from starting point to impact. But that doesn’t mean hooks are slow. Ignore that speed at your own risk…
- Lead hooks can be deceptive. The boxer sets up his second shot well. He moves his hands a bit and dips down once to test the other guy’s reaction. Then he does it again as he shuffles into range, hiding the hook with that motion. If you haven’t experienced this before, have a boxer do this to you in sparring and you’ll see just how deceptive and powerful such a lead hook can be from a good set up.
Western boxing can be a devastating system for self-defense, the power of the lead hooks this boxer throws is testament to it. If you haven’t done so already, go train at a boxing gym for at least a couple months. You’ll get a whole new perspective on striking techniques.