Core Kickboxing Punches

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Trainer Kaesha Matthews demonstrates core kickboxing punches.

    Kaesha Matthews: Hi! My name is Kaesha Matthews, owner of X Factor and I am here to show you kickboxing for the core. What we are going to do is start off with this clip doing some basic punches. We are going to start off with the basic horse stance, make sure that your knees are slightly apart for your hip area, very comfortable position here. You want to squat slightly, make sure your hands are on guard, they are pretty much at a comfortable position and your knuckles are facing away from you and make sure that your elbows are not on your body but slightly upward and facing towards you. You want to make sure that you could pretty much balance around, nothings too stable or stiff because we are going to be doing a lot of movement of course punches, kicks and a lot of extra moves, alternative moves as well for this. So for punches make sure you are at a basic squat horse stance area, we are going to show you a basic jab. Again make sure your form is correct; what you want to do is punch forward and make sure that you are punching towards the person's nose like pretend you have an opponent in front of you and you are punching towards their facial area or the nose area is more to be exact. When you are punching forward you want to make sure that you are twisting on the balls of your feet and you are also making sure that your knees are turned in and that your torso and hip area are pushing forward. This is where most of your power comes from so when you punch forward all of it comes through, all the way at the same time. So I will show it again, jab forward, okay and this could also be called a punch forward or a basic jab, okay. Let's show you from the other side, basic jab forward again, follow through all the way, make sure that you are twisting on the balls of your feet, hips pushing forward punching towards someone's I guess facial area or their nose to be exact, okay. Now we are going to show you a cross. Same stance, horse stance, very comfortable you can pretty much move around and get whatever movement in you know nothing too stiff, here's the cross. We are going to go ahead and cross your body with one arm. So we are going to pit it again with the balls of your feet, push your torso forward and cross your body with one arm and again you are aiming at your opponent in the facial area or nose, okay. Again all of your power comes through from the hips and you want to focus all the way through. Okay, so you are punching it out to the side, cross, cross same with the other side; go all the way through with your moves, okay. Again throughout all the movements even through a basic stance or punching you want to make sure that your core is tight, okay, nothing too flimsy. Now we are back down or all the way to the opposite side you want to make sure that you are pretty much stable but comfortable enough to move around and do your moves, okay. So that's the basic cross, now we are going to do an upper cut. Again stay with the same form, you are on guard, knees are flexible but sturdy, this time we are going to do the same movement with the hips, knees and balls of your feet but we are going to turn our body all the way through and out to the opponent just like if you have seen any of those Hulk movies for example where you see them punching and you see a person flying up in the air; you are aiming up underneath and up at somebody so when you punch him they are flying up in the air. So that's your whole goal, your power comes all the way through, out and away from your body, okay. So again follow through with the arms, twisting with the balls of your feet, knees are slightly turned in, hips that where your power comes from and you want to punch it all the way through, okay. Same thing both sides, follow it all the way through, okay. So that's the upper up. Now let's go over the hook, now the hook follows the same concept, same stance. This time we are bringing our arms pretty much at a 90 degree angle and your arm here is not too bent but bends enough to where you are bringing your arm all the way through and punching someone from the side. So you bring your arm out, twist again with the hip and the leg action and the balls of your feet, follow all the way through; all the way through, all the way through, okay. Alright, so those are all the basic punches, basic jab, cross, upper cut and hook. Okay, so now we are going to go ahead and go on to our basic kick.