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4 Ways to Improve Your Overhand Right

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The overhand right is a powerful mid-range punch thrown using your rear hand, looping over your head and shoulder at the head of your opponent. This punch has the advantage of coming from the back and out of the opponent’s line of sight, which can catch him or her off guard. This is a high risk/high reward move which can land a serious blow or put you in prime position for a counter. Whether you’re looking for a counter or you need a strong equalizer, here are 4 ways to improve your overhand right punch.

Set Up & Execution

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#4- Throw your over your shoulder

The overhand right should be thrown above your head and shoulder coming in a trajectory resembling a loop. In the end, you want to punch in a downward direction that your opponent won’t see until it’s too late.

#3- Lean To the Outside

Shifting your weight to the outside of your lead foot will add a significant amount of power to your punch. As you come to the end of the punch, it will also put you in a better position to avoid counters from your opponent that may be coming in at the same time. Bending your knees as you throw will help you as you lean, giving you more power and helping you maintain your balance in a low center of gravity.

#2 Use Your Peripheral Vision

It does not matter what punch you’re looking to throw, you always keep your eyes on your opponent. As you pivot for the right, make sure your eyes never leave your opponent. Even if you’re not able to maintain direct sight, monitor your opponent’s position in your periphery.

#1- Pivot Your Back Foot

Pivoting on the ball of your foot allows your body to work as one whole unit behind your overhand right. This crucial step gives you a strong point to push off from and provide you with the most power possible.

Disadvantages

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Distance is everything for the overhand right. Too close, and you won’t be able to generate the power needed for the punch. Too far, and you will fall short in the punch and leave yourself open for counters. Don’t load up or give any indication of your set up. If you cock your arm back, an experienced boxer will know to sidestep your punch and eat you for dinner after you’ve missed your mark. Don’t lean so far that you risk putting yourself off-balance, and don’t put all of your weight on your front foot. There’s a high risk for the reward, but if you can connect this punch from the outside it will make for a devastating blow to your opponent.

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.