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Differences Between Short And Long Distance Hooks

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Hooks are a great tool to use while sparring or fighting. They are versatile in the sense that you can throw them at your opponents face or body and do considerable damage.

If you watched our video, How-To: Throw Hooks then you already have a good idea of what goes into a hook. To further deconstruct the Hook you can place them into two categories: Short Hooks and Long Hooks.1204952_f520

Short Hooks:

Short hooks are really good to use when you’re inside of your opponents defensive range. From here you can throw a short hook at their liver, kidneys and face.  These hooks can be very effective due to the close proximity to your opponent, he/she may not be able to see them coming.

Long Hooks:

Long hooks are great to use when your opponent is a little bit farther away. You can throw a long hook like a “scooping” motion at their face while changing directions with your feet. This can set you up on prime real estate for another devastating blow, like a cross, uppercut or kick.

How do you use hooks in sparring or contests?  Tell us your story in the comments!

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  • Evan Stoumbelis

    Johny Hendricks has a great 3 hook combination he used to put out Kampmann. I love throwing hooks to the body from the clinch!

    • If your opponents arms remain high climb with your hooks. I like throwing a right to the spleen area left to the liver right to the side right below the heart and finally a left to the head.

      • Evan Stoumbelis

        That’s an interesting idea, I’ll have to try that out, thanks!

  • Always short hooks, compression of the core muscles allow them to be far more powerful than a looping hook

    • Alex Briggs

      See, I like the longer hooks because it allows me to step to the side with enough range to throw a good kick.

      • I don’t kick a lot myself, but I agree if you’re gonna kick go with a longer hook

        • Evan Stoumbelis

          Ahhh I have a kickboxing base, and have extremely long arms/legs for my height, so I throw a lot of kicks, but have encorporated boxing.

        • Alex Briggs

          Since I do Muay Thai, I use hooks a lot to move my opponent around the ring. I am always trying to improve my boxing though. Kicks definitely take precedence over punches in Muay Thai.