How to Throw a Hook Punch with Power


How you doing? Ando again from SenseiAndo.com. The hook punch is one of the most devastating knockout shots in all of fighting, but here’s the thing. You see a lot of people throw it by winding up their arm. Now, that puts your
shoulder and your chin in danger. Who am I kidding? That’s the way I threw it, too. Back in the day, I tore my shoulder from throwing wild hooks, too wide and way too hard. During rehab, I swore I would never throw a hook punch again. I was freaked out. But over time, I came to realize that the problem wasn’t the hook punch, it was
my lousy technique. So, I figured out a simple way to relearn how to throw the
hook so that it would be safe and powerful. And maybe this simple idea can
help you, too. Here it comes. My advice for training your hook punch is to work from the ground up instead of your fist down. So, how do you do that? Simple. Throw an elbow. That’s right, I’m telling
you that the best way to train your hook punch is to not throw a hook punch. Throw the elbow instead. Here’s why. At least for me, when I throw the elbow, it feels just like a short hook. So, that’s your test. If you can’t hit a bag with
balance and power, especially since no one’s trying to hit you back, you’re not under any
pressure, well, then you’re not ready to throw the hook punch yet. Get the elbow right first. Here’s what I mean by getting it right. Let’s work from the ground up. Start off by looking at that front foot. The front foot has to pivot. There’s no way around that. Now you may choose to transfer your weight over to this leg or you may just sit down on that punch, but no matter what, that foot has to pivot. When you’re happy with your feet, move up into your knees. I like to think about someone maybe kicking me behind that front knee just to add a little dynamic pop to the pivot. Moving up from the knees into my hips. Remember, we’re not winding up with our arms anymore, so it has to come, the power has to come from your body. So, make sure your hips are moving. That’s what that belt is good for. You can see if you’re using your hip or not. All right, so, now, moving up.
Then I’m going to make sure my shoulder feels good, make sure my chin is tucked, and make sure my guard is up. Oh, yeah. And don’t forget to breathe. Once you feel really solid with that elbow, then it’s time to add your hand back into the mix and turn it into a hook punch again.
The only difference, instead of leading with your elbow, you’re going to lead with your hand. Make sure that when your hand hits the bag your wrist is straight. You don’t want some stupid injury at this point. Now, I would start off practicing your short hook since that feels the closest to that elbow. So, throw the short hook. As you’re feeling a little more confident, you can back away and start throwing a longer hook. If you’re really cool and you want to add a little something fun to this, make
sure you always follow through with your elbow. That builds on the groove that you’ve been building all this time by training your elbow. So, bang bang. Every single time. Just throw the elbow through there. That’s illegal in boxing, but it’s great for fighting. Two more tips. First if you want to add even more power to your hook punch, make sure that you’re always winding up
with your body and not your arm. How do you do that? Well, one way could be to slip and then come back with the hook. You turn your hips a little bit this way and come right back. Another way you could do it is to work it off of a combo. Let’s say you throw a one and a straight right. That gives me a little bit of a wind up for that hook. If you cross your centerline, cross, that gives you even more power. So, whatever you do, just make sure your hand stays up and you’re always protecting yourself, and you’re winding up with your body instead of your arm. Second tip. You hear a lot of opinions out there about the best way to position your
fist when you throw a hook punch. Thumb down, thumb facing you, maybe thumb up.
Well, what’s the right answer? If you saw my video, How to Throw a Punch in a Fight, then you’ll know that my answer is always “the best fist is the one that fits.”
So, depending on what part of the head or body you’re hitting, that’s how you
want to position your fist so that it hits flush. But as a general rule, here’s what I would
tell you. I like to follow the natural line of my body. I don’t want to have
tension in my arm if I can help it. So, when I’m just standing here, my thumb is facing up. If I just start naturally lifting up my arm, you’ll see that my hand starts to rotate towards me, my thumb is now facing me, and as it goes higher than my shoulder line, it starts to dip down. So, if I’m just following the natural line of my body,
that’s going to guide me to throw punches with my thumb up pretty much
down here in this area, down to the body. As it starts to get a little bit higher, my thumb starts to face me. And if I start going a little higher than that, well, then my thumb starts to dip
down. But again, the number one rule is that when I make impact with anything, my elbow is behind my fist, my wrist is straight, and my knuckles are hitting as flush as possible. That, my friend, is the best hook punch. And that’s my tip for throwing a safe, powerful hook punch. If you liked that tip and you want to be first in line to get the next one, don’t forget to hit subscribe, and look
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keep punching, my friend. And keep fighting for a happy life.

100 Replies to “How to Throw a Hook Punch with Power

  1. thank you sensai ando, am your biggest fan from Nigeria. you have really helped and inspired me. keep fighting

  2. I'm a Muay Thai fighter and I'm trained to throw the hook with the back foot pivoted and turning your hips to the right. (In case of leg kicks)

  3. Great advice as always! Solid information. No Broscience here 😀
    I wish more channels were this awesome, you explained it and demonstrated it in a video better than most of the real life coaches I ever had.

  4. Hey, love your videos – there's always something helpful I can find, however I have a question – You coverd the pivoting when attacking with the lead arm but what's the propper footwork when attacking with the back hand?…

  5. The thumb down is a different sort of hook. Kind of a shovel hook, Bobby Gunn talks about it. Love your take on hooking and that you aren't a flat foot martial artist. Tends to be the negative point of most eastern martial arts

  6. hi, sensei ando could you please make a video on how to block (technical) hooks and haymakers (the sloppy looping punch most people without training throw) in a self-defense situation

  7. I like thumbs up hooks a lot better. I used to throw thumbs to the side and it just does did work as well for me.

  8. I've been hurting my wrist with my hook punches as I'm new to boxing, but I can't wait to test out you're tips.
    Really good and helpful video thank you 🙂

  9. Did my 100 for the day.
    Jab, low cross – step through uppercut hook, switch cross. One of Leo Fong's favs : )
    Love your tuition – cheers

  10. What are your thoughts on the Sanda style of long hook that uses a downward twisting motion of the hips and body so it almost becomes a back-hand strike?

  11. Don't you see how far from each other they fight? & they hop in & out like bunny rabbit's, me I twist in & around not in & out I grab, twist, spin, jerk toss & throw while I smash n bash with elbow jabs & stabs, I use the sign of the cross cress cross punches behind my ears deflecting his incoming also known by me as the nucleus atom force field head protection & other combos but I don't trade punches as my style is designed for protection while delivering devastation.I make traction in action kept anchored not tipsy toeing in & out like a ballerina . I don't flail my arms out like a wild turkey or come souring in like an ego but I fight in tight not out like a loose goose & I scoop & swoop his feet/legs out under himself rocking him side to side sideways off balance to him, I fight to win. Watch Dave Overbey on YouTube I can train you too if you do as I do. Bully Proof yourself tap n tag self defense.

  12. does anyone know how to punch really hard by hitting the person on the head while bleeding all over his head. I am practicing about this part.

  13. could you do a video on relaxing/and tensing on the moment of impact in karate. I've done karate for over five years and I've also done kickboxing and jujitsu but I have the hardest time staying relaxed throughout a punch before impact. it seems like the harder I try to relax the more tense my punch becomes.

  14. you have not been in a single fight in your life. I hope people do not follow your instructions so that they dont get hurt

  15. What about your feet pos in relation to target?
    Would this not increase or decrease effectiveness of the hook.?
    In my minds eye it has always confused me,
    Where is the opponent ,when you hook?
    What is his body angle in relation to yours?

    And throwing a hook from a boxers stance as opposed from other stances?
    Thanks

  16. so just for starter you need to learn how actually throw hook properly . your hand position will end up with a broken metacarpl. turn your thumb up to throw it properly. then maybe you might actually be "cool"

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    i'm joking I have steel chair o.o come at me bro

  19. This video should be called: "How to break your fucking wrist because you don't know how to throw a hook." That is not good technique at all. Your knuckles should be verticle, not horizontal. And You shouldn't be curling your arm in like your throwing an elbow. You do not want to get into the habit of tucking your arm into your armpit after you throw the hook. You're going to need to get your hands back to your stance as quickly as possible so you can follow up with another punch/combination. Or to block/parry another punch.

  20. dude I'm glad I found your video I learn so much from you, please keep spending your knowledge and God bless you brother

  21. The part about where the thumb ends up depending on how high the arm is, the common sense doesn't stop around here. So the arm doesn't seem to be doing much, here. it seems like most of the work comes from the body and the arm is just an extension of that. Have I got that right?

  22. very good information sir. I m a boxer, but I learn many things from this video. Thnx a lot sir. Pls make a video on upper cut punch

  23. Great tutorial! And accurate about the hooks. A few days ago I messed up on the hook on my heavy punching bag and sprained my wrist. Because, when I hit the hook I wasn't paying attention and my wrist bent into it. I noticed what I did was twist my wrist before I hit the bag. I'm a new upcoming MMA fighter and soon can't wait to hop in the ring it may be a few months from now but it just gives me the advantage to train and better myself before I join the 4 Seasons MMA Gym. Thanks again for the tip!! Everyone listen to this guy he is being honest!

  24. For extra protection i learned that every time you punch you must bring the shoulder from the side you're throwing from, up to your jaw to block it, it works for all kinds of punches jabs, crosses, hooks and uppercuts, it's a great habit to have, so you leave no openings for your opponent to use.

  25. Hello Ando, i loved your videos….Am 28 and just started to take time out of my busy schedule to learn some kickboxing, i always loved martial arts and wanted get good at it even though am a bit sloppy …would i ever be able to get good at defending myself on the streets?

  26. Good techniques. I think I'm going to start training with your content and see what actually works and what doesn't. I had a falling out with my last instructor. Maybe you can be my new online Sensei 🤔

  27. That is not a powerful hook. No disrespect to you as a person. But if you are going to teach I have to speak up, not mislead these people. If you want a proper hook learn from a boxer. Look up "Michael conlan is in monster shape" and watch that video for an example. It is like night and day.

  28. Your videos literally opened my mind and eyes. I do boxing and never thought nor taught that things. Thank you very much. Keep up the good work

  29. Uh, sorry, but throwing the hook with had kept parallel to the ground is simply wrong. You end up largelyhitting largely with the pinky and adjoining finger onto the target. These two fingers and associated knuckles are the most vulnerable to damage. You want to hit with the largest two knuckles, i.e. next to the thumb, which…requires that you rotate the hand so that it is perpendicular to the ground. Any competent boxer knows this.

  30. Improper technique.

    You should be landing with your fist turned sideways, as in, the back of your fist should be facing out, not up. Also, you’re out of range most of the time. Hooks should be practiced as if you are fighting in a phone booth. They are best used transitioning in and out of the clinch.

    Everything else looked good.

  31. Could you make a video about how to do a powerful step-hook. I don’t know if u know what I’m talking about but I’ve been training boxing for a while and can’t seem to get a powerful step-hook.

  32. After 6 hours I'll be fighting someone who stole my Xbox one power supply. I'm going to teach him that stealing isn't good but on my way🔥😎.

  33. Thank you so much I really needed this video lol I'm very confident in my kicks but I never really use the hook and I'm hesitant to use any other punches as well

  34. Many variations possible. If long range hook, then fist almost vertical works very well. This is an important version since coming off a 1, 2 you will fall short if you can’t reach with the three. Also, hooking off the jab is a bit more advanced but very valuable. The sequence is important, but the timing is the icing. Feet, then hips, then a shoulder snap and fist contact. Not hips and shoulders at same time. One good drill I teach is to stand in stance in front of bag or mitt with your fist only 3 to 4 inches from target. Without moving fist back at all , snap the punch. Without the torque buildup as described you will get no power. Btw, this works for all punches. Check out the power of Mike Tyson’s overhand right finches
    from his opponents head.

  35. Your videos have been popping up as a recommend from YouTube and I'm glad I followed their advice. Your videos are always well constructed and your instruction is clear and concise. Great instructional techniques. I'm now a subscriber.

  36. A lot of beginners could be saved months – even years – of frustration wasting hours throwing ineffective hooks if this was the first technique video they ever watched

  37. The best way to wind up a hook is to do a parry with the other hand, from inside to outside, with palm facing down, but rotating into an uppercut that follows immediately after your hook.

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