MMA Basics | Technique Breakdown | Striking – The Cross


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Jeff KO's Nuri Shakir at 2:15 into the 1st Round (First person to KO Nuri in 25 Fights)

A well thrown cross is almost impossible to see coming. It will knock your opponent down to the mat quickly when it’s thrown with leverage, speed, and perfect technique. Of course it has to be accurate and well timed so that it lands on it’s intended target as well.

Many people think that by trying to punch hard they can knock someone out. That’s not true. In fact the opposite is true. A punch that is thrown quickly while incorporating the details I share with you in the video below doesn’t need to have anger or immense effort behind it to get the job done.

After it lands, since you were so relaxed throwing it, you’ll be wondering where you’re opponent went. Looking down you’ll notice them asleep on the floor or dazed enough that you can move in for the TKO finish. The cross is one of my best punches and I’ve used it to score the KO many times throughout my career.

This video will help you do the same:



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  1. Eugene says:

    Thanks for the awsome post. I just found your page this week, so i’ve been trawling my way through all your previous posts! Quality stuff with clear and concise instructions. I’ve Mainly been looking at the boxing and sparring stuff trying to refine the basics.

    Keep up the good work,
    Thanks again!

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