Hey everyone, coach Josh here. I recieved a great question the other day about some confusion on the overhand right and how to throw it correctly.
The question was "I noticed that the way you teach the overhand right is a little different from how coach Karim teaches it. Which way is right?".
The answer is that they are both right! The better question is which is right for you or which is right for the situation. The following video does a good job of accenting the biggest variations involved in the punch.
Firstly I would like to address the physical differences and strengths and weaknesses of Karim and myself as fighters. There is something obvious that I am sure everyone notices about me right away. I am rather short for a 145 lb fighter. The average height of a 147 lb. boxer is 5'9' and I am a crippling 4.5 inches shorter than the average. Coincidentally 5' 9" is the height of current MMA 145 champ Conor Mcgregor. When I use the overhand right it is almost exclusively a short overhand (The first variation in the video below) because my arms are too short to effectively use it as a ranged weapon. Usually when I try to use it for range I miss completely and eat a nice jab for my troubles. To avoid that problem I generally close the distance by leaping my body into a closer range position before or as I throw a short overhand. Beautiful examples of this technique can be seen from Iron Mike Zambidis and I highly recomend any short fighters to study his technique.
Lets talk about coach Karim. Coach Karim fights at around 125 and the average height of a 126 Lb. boxer is 5' 7". Karim is at least that tall if not a bit taller. There is another thing about coach Karim that you may or may not have noticed. That man is QUICK!!! Karim is a very fast and explosive athlete. I am continually impressed by that. With his height and his speed he is able to move effectively utilize a wide overhand (The second punch on the video) than I will ever be. His overhand comes out of nowhere and hits you before you see it. It is a beautiful punch. You can study Chuck Lidell to see some of the most beautiful examples of this. A noteworthy example was Chucks beautiful wide overhand that set the stage for the destruction of Alistair Overeem in Pride Total Elimination 2003. It should be recquired material for anyone who is throwing overhands at range.
In conclusion there are always more than a couple ways to throw a punch correctly. Knowing what works best for you and what works best for the situation are crucial elements for you to develop your STRATEGY. There are no shortcuts in finding these things out and your best bet is to keep training, don't miss class, and overtime discover the fighter that you are. If you still have questions on this please ask Karim, Tim, Mazi, Aren, or myself for details and tips.
Great work team and lets keep working together to build a life we love! If you aren't already a member of the team please text "Strong" to #95577 to reach out and get started. It will cost you nothing to start and there is no committment.