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lead uppercut variation

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by shs101, May 10, 2014.

  1. shs101

    shs101 Blue Belt

    Jan 8, 2009
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    After watching some naseem hamed and trying to study his vicious uppercuts I figured I'd come here to see what everyone else thinks of him but especially the way he throws his lead uppercut. it's not your typical "up" punch it comes at a weird angle and looks as there is even an extension is his arm.

    anyone nice enough to break this down or atleast give me a better understanding of this punch?

    btw heres a highlight of his showing the punch multiple times

  2. fightingrabbit

    fightingrabbit Banned Banned

    Jul 27, 2006
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    Good perception of distance. Also Hamed was just kind of a freak.
  3. wilddeuces

    wilddeuces Banned Banned

    Jul 24, 2013
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    He throws according to what's given to him. Hamed's opponent is squared up and no doubt anticipating straight punches so Named loads his lead hand (right) and unexpectedly throws an uppercut from the outside at a blind angle where the opponent doesn't see it.

    Good defense is predicated on anticipation so awkward styles can be flustering.
  4. Babba

    Babba Purple Belt

    Sep 29, 2009
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    u have to have expert level understanding of distance and timing for this, and also the athletic ability for practical application.. its not for ur average boxing style.

    u can modify it, angle isnt undoable from a place where u dont give ur head to ur opponent so cheap and is out of balance. simply stand over ur back hip, then turn ur weight to front hip, and WALK forward so u are so close that u can hit with an uppercut that has the projectory of and upside down jab almost, then throw it, leaning back again on ur back hip.. this will load it normally like a front hook-back straight..
  5. a guy

    a guy Black Belt

    Jul 26, 2012
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    Well first you've gotta understand that he's basically the poster boy of born punchers. He's one of those guys with natural dynamite in his fists. About the uppercut, he uses similar footwork to how you throw a leaping left hook. Load the weight on the front hip, move the rear foot first to sort of bump the lead foot as you drive off it and hop forward. It's basically the mechanics of throwing the uppercut, then his feet leave the ground and propel him forward into range. He's sneaky about it though, he gets in position to throw it when people won't expect it. For example, he'll be rolling and apparently just bullshitting some defense but that roll will actually be loading his weight and getting his knees ready to spring into the punch. Or even better, he'll be dancing while secretly moving into position to explode.

    It should also be noted that he's usually leaping to an angle as he throws it. Often he'll get his lead foot outside, rear hand lined up perfectly to unload if the opponent doesn't go down from the uppercut. It's really a cool punch. Not textbook or orthodox, sure, but there's science behind it despite the athleticism it takes.
  6. Nuclearlandmine

    Nuclearlandmine Shreddin' Double Yellow Card

    Nov 15, 2010
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    The end of the earth
    You and shs101 can go into your own room. Both of you are nuisance, create threads after threads asking inane questions that can be answer by a simple search.
  7. aries

    aries Yellow Card Yellow Card

    Feb 21, 2004
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    Yeah he actually knocked out more of his opponents with the follow up rear hand than he did the actual uppercut, but the way he landed that uppercut and it's style was what most people remember. One of the keys about his success with this punch is he uses it from southpaw stance against orthodox fighters. The other key was his speed, this is not a slow mans punch.

    The uppercut he threw is basically a leaping up jab. TS notice the alignment of his hips when he lands that uppercut, they are in a straight line with his body and the punch. Completely sideways on. He always threw it from a deep knee bend position which is what allowed him to load up for take off.

    To learn it, learn the up jab. Then try really launching from a staggered squat and you'll find that your rear hip will naturally fall behind the front hip and when you land you'll be outside your opponents lead foot with a great opening up the middle for your follow up rear straight. But I should reiterate you'll have most success against an opposite stance fighter just like an up jab. You can use it against a same stance but it's just more awkward to get a clean angle, more risky as he has two hands to hit you with and easier for him to see coming.
  8. zzz808303

    zzz808303 White Belt

    Jul 27, 2013
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    i always use this every time i spar, but it never works lol, but sometimes i can connect with a followup cross to the body.

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