The cross is the most powerful punch you can throw, as it leverages the momentum/torque built from a windup, as well as the energy produced while pivoting your torso and hip. Gabriel breaks down this complex punch step-by-step to make the process easy to digest and memorable. Take a look here.
Similar to the jab, you should be focused on creating a direct path from your jaw to the target while throwing a cross. Aiming for the chin or forehead is a solid strategy as they both have knockback values behind them.
- Hands up
- Knees bent
- Pivot rear foot
- Fully extend arm
- Turn your hand
- Shoulder protects jaw
- Back hip extends to the front
- Bring your hand back
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Missed the first video in the series? Learn to throw a jab here.
The Striking Basics series is all about the fundamentals. Gabriel Varga and Hayabusa developed this series to provide value to all fitness combat practitioners. Whether you have aspirations to compete or not, this series is for you. We cover a range of techniques, such as the Jab, Cross, Hook, Breathing, kicks, and more. If you're a coach who wants to inspire students to have a stronger grasp on the fundamentals, consider sharing this series.