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How to Throw a Superman Punch

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(Jose Aldo loads up for superman punch on Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Get in touch with your inner superhero with this surprising strike. A superman punch should not be a strike you repeatedly throw, but an unexpected equalizer in your arsenal. If used properly, this unorthodox strike can pack the power you need with a very unexpected delivery. If used improperly, your opponent will counterpunch you into a hard crash landing. Here’s how to throw a superman punch and change the game on your opponent.

When executed properly, the superman punch looks like this:

It’s not hard to see how perilous of a punch this can be for the athlete attempting to throw it. Granted, when it works, it really packs a lot of power. Follow these crucial steps for correct set up and execution.

1- Lift your rear leg and slightly tilt backward.

Maintaining proper balance is a crucial component to all striking techniques, but it is particularly important for this technique because you will leave your feet. Lift your rear leg up and out as you slightly tilt your posture back. This will set up the pendulum you need for the punch.

2- Use your momentum to take a small hop

Your rear leg will provide your body with the momentum you need as you raise your knee to your waist. With that power, take a small hop forward toward your opponent. It’s important to note that the flying motion of the superman punch is not a jump up and down, but a calculated hop forward.

3- Extend your rear hand for the punch as you extend with your rear leg.

As you extend for the punch, it’s absolutely crucial that your extend your back leg at the same time. Coordinating the punch with the extension of the leg will provide you with more power at the same time that it counterbalances your weight.

4- Return to your fighting stance

All of the movements of this punch have a very specific purpose leading up to this step. Maintaining a slightly tilted back and extending back with the rear leg are intended to assure that you do not overextend yourself and land off-balance. You do not want your rear leg to step forward after the strike, you want it to anchor you back to Earth after your flight. This way, you will not be stumbling forward into your opponent’s counters. If you are met with counters, you will be firmly planted and prepared.

Final Tips

Do not overuse this punch. If you mix it into your combinations after every other jab, it won’t be long before your opponent will be able to dial in to your movements. If you’re looking to really take flight, make sure it’s the right opportunity for a surprise attack. As always, don’t forget to keep that lead hand up by your head to protect yourself from counterpunches. Leaving the air will make you a particularly vulnerable target if you are not prepared to defend against counters. Much like the olympics, no fancy trick or spin means anything if you don’t stick the landing.

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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.