Straight Punch

Straight Punch – Martial Arts

This page provides information on how to do a straight punch. This punch is also known as a cross (i.e. right cross), reverse punch or rear hand punch. A straight punch is the standard power punch used in most martial arts.

For this punch, martial arts students are striking an opponent with their rear hand versus a jab where they would strike an opponent with their forward fist. A straight punch is generally more powerful than a jab because martial arts students rotate their body into the punch and thus generate more power.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For information on other punches and hand/arm strikes (i.e. knife hand strikes and haymaker punches), please visit the main Punches & Strikes page.

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Instructional Videos on a Straight Punch