Whether you’re in a boxing ring or you find yourself in a real street fight, using the uppercut is your best bet if your aim is to knock someone out with a single punch. With that said, the uppercut also has its own disadvantages in a fight. In this short article we’ll take a look at why this is, and you’ll also be shown a simple trick which can be used to make the blow even more powerful as a knockout punch.
How To Knock Someone Out Using This Sneaky Uppercut Self Defense Technique
The reason why the uppercut is amongst the best self defense techniques is because it remains outside your attacker’s field of vision as it comes in. By the time your attacker sees the punch coming, it’s too late. Because of this, your opponent doesn’t have much of an opportunity to block the punch, and of course that means you have even better chance of delivering it effectively.
Also, when the uppercut connects with your opponent’s chin, it inevitably slams his head backwards. Over and above the jarring affect this has on the brain, the resultant whiplash causes mayhem between the skull and the spinal nerves. This is essentially why the uppercut is the punch of choice when a boxer wants to knock someone out.
Another reason why the uppercut is so effective is because it’s delivered along the body’s centerline. If you don’t know what the centerline is, just imagine a line drawn vertically up the center of a person’s body. As anyone involved with self defense will attest to, your body’s centerline is exceptionally difficult to defend.
As mentioned earlier, the uppercut does also have a disadvantage in that a person’s chin is quite a small target. If you’re in a real street fight, you won’t have any boxing gloves on. Unfortunately this means that your punch is likely to miss the target. Another problem is that even if you do strike the chin, your wrist is in a weak position and could fold over, resulting in a painful sprain, or even a broken wrist.
Fortunately there’s a solution. Rather than using a traditional punch, you can instead strike your opponent with the palm of your hand, using the area just above your wrist. Using this technique means that you’ll still have all the fundamental benefits of an uppercut, in that your blow will be delivered along the centerline, but you won’t run the risk of injuring your wrist.
Realize that you won’t always be able to knock someone out with one punch, so of course you need to be prepared to follow through with other self defense techniques. The good news is that if you use your palm for the uppercut and you don’t knock your opponent out, your hand will be positioned in such a way so that you can use your fingers to rake your opponents face on the down move. Alternatively, you could simply reach behind his head and then pull it down as you bring your knee up, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you just how damaging a knee-strike can be as a self defense technique.
To sum matters up, the palm-heel version of the uppercut has all the advantages of a traditional uppercut, but it doesn’t share the same disadvantages. There’s simply no denying that the uppercut is an extremely powerful blow, but if the palm is used rather than the knuckles, it becomes even more effective if you want to know how to knock someone out with one punch.