How To Throw The Straight Right In Self-Defense


Today, we’re going to learn the right hand. This is the first knockout punch we’re going to learn. We’re going to learn three different right hands and the first one is the standard right hand.


Since I’m taking it from a right handed point of view, I’ve got my left lead up front. For sake of this lesson, I’m a left lead Orthodox fighter.

Principle One: Step and Slam

First, what I want you to do is to push off the back leg, step and then twist. You step with your legs, slam your body – slam your hip and shoulder.

Step And Slam

Principle Two: Torso Twist And Punch

The secondary power pointer or a principle of a hard punch is the torso twist. You’ve got the leg pushed off and the torso twist and then the punch comes. My shoulder comes up. My chin is tucked into my shoulder. When I punch my left hand stays up, chin is tucked in the shoulder just like the following screenshot:

Torso Twist And Then Punch

Principle Three: The Drag Step

When you push off, this obviously gets all your your weight going – your body mass gets going. It’s gonna twist and when you twist it’s going to drag that rear foot kind of up behind all of this. We call that a drag step in boxing. It’s a step and drag and twist – dragging rear leg behind me a little bit.  That is the drag step that we use for the right hand.

Drag Your Rear Foot Before You Punch

Principle Four: Exhale To Control Breathing

When you punch you should exhale. You need to control your breathing. You should exhale every time you punch. But you should also keep your mouth closed when you fight. Because, with an open mouth your jaw can be easily broken. You need to keep your teeth clinched. But you have to exhale. Your mouth has to be closed yet you should exhale to control the breathing.

It’s the classic right hand. It’s very common. Power-punch is a very common knockout punch. You should definitely practice this one a lot. It will be very useful to you and your knockout punching.


Summary: How To Throw The Straight Right In Self-Defense

To summarize, follow these steps if you’re willing to learn how to throw the straight right in self-defense:

  1. Step Into It With Lead Leg
  2. Drag Your Rear Foot
  3. Twist Hips And Punch
  4. Exhale To Control Breathing
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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.