More Basics for Kickboxing Beginners

kickboxing classes in raleighThanks for joining us for part two of our series on kickboxing for beginners. If you’re just now joining us, part one discussed the reasons why we all love kickboxing, and the defensive and offensive stances as well as a few odds and ends. If you’d like to go back and read part one, you can by clicking here.

Today’s post is going to cover even more basics. We’re going to discuss all the different punches you can throw. Did you know that Gracie offers a great alternative to traditional kickboxing classes in Raleigh? Call us today and ask us about our Muay Thai classes!

Punching Basics of Kickboxing

Forward Jab

  • Keep elbows tucked close to your body to avoid rotator and deltoid muscle irritation.
  • Keeping your elbows close will also add power to the punch.
  • Your hand and shoulder should maintain a straight alignment.
  • Keep your balance.
  • Aim through your target.
  • Punch with your first two knuckles out front.


  • Keep elbows tucked like the forward jab except you will cross the center line of the body.
  • Twist your hip forward and rotate your torso into the punch
  • Push off the ground from the heel of your foot while maintaining a knee and toe alignment. This prevents knee torquing.

Uppercut Punch

  • Used mainly in close combat boxing.
  • Keep the punch in close to the front of your body.
  • As you raise your fist, rotate your body into the punch and slightly pivot your hip forward for added power.
  • Your target should be aligned with the first two knuckles of your fist.
  • Recoil your arm to a defense position to avoid striking.

Hopefully this information will help you understand a little more about how kickboxing can be a great exercise for you. Don’t miss part three where we talk about all the different types of kicks you can utilize in kickboxing.

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