Boxing Technique: Uppercut

It’s easy to make some rookie mistakes with an uppercut. You may crouch too low or drop the arm too much and cause you to explode with power, which is unfortunately not how you should do it. That’s definitely not how the pro’s do it and nor should you.

It’s used mainly in close range, though it can be used at medium range but it loses a lot of it’s power. There are many pros and cons to the uppercut – it’s out of eyesight of the opponent, it’s powerful, and it’s great in combination with other punches. However, if you miss you are completely open and even if you don’t miss, this still leaves you open for a counter punch.

It’s always important, when throwing an uppercut, that you keep your guard up, bend your knees and rotate your body, protect yourself, don’t over extend your uppercut too far, and don’t always aim for the head – go for the body too.

  1. Make sure you stance is correct. There is no need to bend your knees or do anything in preparation for an uppercut. Everything can be done from a typical stance.
  2. Tilt your body in the direction you plan to throw the uppercut.
  3. Before you throw, shift your weight to the foot that you plan to throw with your arm. If you want to throw with your left arm, shift your weight to your left foot.
  4. Throw the punch – you should make a small, compact loop. Do not over extend, it should be quick.