An uppercut is similar to the upset punch except target is under the chin. The uppercut is a devastating power punch that may be thrown with either hand. It is very useful when in close and may be used to set up a combination or a knockout shot. It is often used when the opponent is looking at the ground, covering up to defend from hooks, or has an opening up the middle.
How to uppercut
The uppercut begins with the punching hand near the waist with the elbow pointed backward. Bend the knees and explode upward using the legs to generate power. As you punch, the fist moves upward as the arm rotates at the shoulder with the elbow remaining bent and brushing along the side as the fist moves upward. Keep elbow under the fist with the wrist kept straight. The fist may be used with or with or without fist rotation. Arm motion must be coordinated with the hips and legs to generate maximum power.
Uppercuts are delivered to targets that are tilted forward, such as an opponent leaning forward after a body shot. However, an opponent who is standing upright may furnish a target if the chin is protruding or a taller opponent who is close may also present a target. The uppercut has a near vertical punching motion. The more the punch angles forward, the greater the risk of injury to the wrist, so do not reach toward the opponent with a uppercut. The opponent must be in close range.
The uppercut may be used alone or in combination. The trailing hand uppercut/ leading hand hook combination is effective because the uppercut lifts up the opponent's head, upsets his or her balance, and lifts the chin for the hook. The uppercut may also be used as a counter punch, such as when a fighter slips to the outside of straight punch and throws an uppercut.
You may catch the fist as it rises or lower a forearm to block the punch. You may also cover, by hiding behind the hands and forearms. Step back or outside to take away the range necessary for an effective uppercut. Tie up opponent or clench to avoid an uppercut.
- Twin Uppercut Punch. Two upward punches executed at the same time to the chin. Must be in close combat.