How To Throw A Right Hook In Self-Defense


Today, we are going to learn the right hook in self defense. I love the right hook. Some trainers are a little bit iffy on it. They think that the right hook is a little bit too wild. There may be some truth to that. However, when you look out knockout punch as you look at top fighters in boxing or MMA or kickboxing, they throw a lot of right hooks.

The right hook is just a devastating punch. The reason why it is a devastating punch is that it’s a circular punch like any hook. And it comes little bit from outside the peripheral vision and it has a whole lot of power.

Principle One: Step And Twist

The right hook requires body work. Just like the left hook, you step and twist.  And then you go for the right hook.

right hook
Step And Twist

Principle Two: Body Mechanics

The body mechanics are the same as they were on the left side. I’ve got my shoulder twist, forearm parallel to the ground and twist my body, coming around the side now of its face – the other side. So, that’s the right hook. If you’re looking for penetration – come back. Shoulder and fist position should be parallel to the impact point of the right hook.

The right hook
Shoulder and fist position should be parallel to the impact point of the right hook


Principle Three: Protect Your Face

Face protection is very important. You can’t leave your face open as it may invite unwanted shot at your face. As you use your right hand for the right hook, the other hand should always stay up. Whenever you punch and if your hand fails to hit, it should be by your face. Anytime you hit, the other hand should grasp your face.

Right Hook Punch
Protect Your Face With Your Hand

So, the right hook is a great move. It’s a powerful move. Although it’s a little bit unorthodox, it is a devastating punch. It’s very effective. You can just look at the videos and you’ll see my point. So please practice the right hook. It is a great punch.

Summary: Things We Learned

To summarize, we learned the following things about the right hook:

  1. The right hook is a powerful punch.
  2. It requires just body work.
  3. You step, you twist and you throw the right hook.
  4. Protect your face.
  5. Practice the right hook a lot.
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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.