Vertical Punch Snap and Thrust

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Vertical Punch in Kenpo Karate

Vertical Punch

The vertical punch is one of those Kenpo Karate techniques we will find in many forms, sets, and self-defense techniques.

There are two kinds of vertical punches, snapping and thrusting punches. It has been said that horizontal punches are more powerful than vertical punches.

The horizontal punch has more support because the elbow comes up sooner, with the vertical punches the elbows are tucked in. But the vertical punch is faster because they do not have the corkscrew motion of horizontal punches.

Vertical punches do not have the support and added power from the corkscrew motion they get the power from the turning force of the torso and hips.

Basic recommendations when throwing a punch:

  1. The impact is with your two inner knuckles.
  2. Always keep your back straight and centered.
  3. You need to be in a comfortable stance.
  4. Keep your eyes on your target.
  5. Keep the other hand checking in the case of a potential attack.
  6. Keep your thumb closed into your fist, if you leave it out you will injure it.
  7. Don’t over-extend your arm when punching, your elbow will absorb the impact if nothing is reached.

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