Muay Thai Kickboxing – How to Throw a Front and Back Hook

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Martial artist Matt Hostetler demonstrates how to throw a front and back hook.

    Matthew Hostetler

    Matt Hostetler is a coach for Capital Jiu-Jitsu, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA company with several schools in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Southern Maryland area. He is recognized for his Muay Thai and kickboxing skills.

    Matt Hostetler: This is Matt Hostetler with Capital Jiu-Jitsu. Now, we are going to talk about the Front Hook and Rear Hook. Now, these are strikes that also carry a lot of power. They can be knockout blows and both the Front Hook and the Rear Hook have enough power to possibly damage your opponent, maybe even knock him out. So, starting with the Front Hook, the most important thing about drilling this is the holder, I know that sounds funny, but if he is not holding that focus mitt properly, he is not going to give you the correct angle to strike and practice. So, as you can see Jeremy has the focus mitt completely perpendicular to his body that gives Stuart a proper target to hit.

    Now, the same with a Cross, with the Cross, the hook, it all starts with the foot movement. So, for the front hook, he is going to pivot his front leg all the way and that's going to lend it, that's going to give you transfer the power, this power is going to start from the leg, come all the way up the hips and out the arm and end the opponent, hopefully his chin or jaw.

    So, another important thing that Stuart is doing when he, just hold the hook after you have struck the bag, you can see his lower arm is completely parallel to the floor and his elbow is behind his strike and he is also, you can't see because he is wearing his gloves, but his hand is held at this angle. Its not held with the palm down, but rather its held with the palm facing you. Thats just an easier, quicker way to deliver the Hook.

    You are not going to have an effective Hook, if you, go back up please, if you have your elbow up or if you have your elbow down, you are going to lose a lot of that power that you generated by spinning the hips. By keeping your elbow completely behind your fist, all that power is transferred out into your opponent.

    Now, for the back hook, everything is almost exactly the same, if you want to turn, Stuart, so face the camera. Now, the back hook again, its the whole process starts in the legs. He pivots his back leg and comes up and around, everything I said about the front hook holds true with the back hook. He has got his lower arm parallel to the floor, he has got his fist with his palm facing him and his non-striking hand is what is protecting his face at all times. That is the demonstration of the front and back hook.