Blackzilian striking coach Henri Hooft demonstrates two of his favorite combos for putting opponents on the canvas. These two combos utilize punches with a kick/knee finish. Perform the combos smoothly—light on the feet, balanced, poised to strike, and without unnecessary footwork.
1) I begin in an orthodox fighting stance.
2) I throw a straight right hand, while pushing hard off my back foot and twisting my hips and shoulders so that they face my opponent.
3) At the point of full extension, I snap my right hand back to my chin in case my opponent throws a counter-punch, as I prepare to throw a straight left hand.
4) I throw a straight left hand to keep the pressure on my opponent.
5) I snap my left hand back to protect my chin, and I throw a straight right hand that blocks my opponent’s right hand. I keep my chin tucked so my opponent can’t land a left hook.
6) Now that my opponent is exposed, I twist my hips and throw a right outside kick to his knee and thigh.
1) After starting in an orthodox stance, I snap my left jab to my opponent’s chin.
2) I follow the jab with a straight right hand to my opponent’s chin.
3) While my opponent expects a left hook (traditional 1-2-3 combo), I take a step forward and to the side with my right leg and snake my left arm behind his head.
4) As I block the back of my opponent’s head with my left arm, I drive off my right leg and deliver a powerful left knee to his face or body.
Notice how I twist my wrist and snap my shoulder when I throw a punch. This increases the power and accuracy of the strike.