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How to Throw a Proper Lead Hook Punch | Hayabusa

How to Throw a Proper Lead Hook Punch | Hayabusa

How to Throw a Proper Lead Hook Punch

A lead hook is a strategic yet powerful punch you can add to your stockpile of techniques. Why is a hook punch more impactful than a straight punch? That's because the swinging motion of a hook punch means the power comes from the weight of your arm. Unlike a straight punch where you don't use the body's weight as much. In this short video, Gabriel breaks down the steps to throw a perfect lead hook and describes the situational benefits of using a hook over a jab. Take a look, learn the basics, or build upon your current technique.

Similar to the cross, you leverage the momentum built with a windup or a 'pre-load' before throwing your punch. Learn the body mechanics and steps to generate power behind your hook punch. Proper technique is critical for gaining power, as Gabriel demonstrates at the beginning of the video of how to throw a lead hook punch.


  • Knees bent
  • A slight twist to ‘pre-load’
  • Lift elbow
  • Unwind body
  • Keep elbow in line with hand
  • Thumb can be up or down
  • Other hand guards face

To motivate you to perfect your proper lead hook, here are some greats with their signature hook punches:

Floyd Patterson - This heavyweight champion is renowned for his gazelle hook, which is a leaping left hook thrown in an upward motion.

Manny Pacquiao - While Pacquiao was known for his speed, some of his combo punches ended with a lethal right hook that his coach, Freddie Roach, dubbed the "Manila Ice." That's because Pacquiao trained and eventually perfected his right hook to be just as powerful as his left hook. Add his speed and the opponent would not see this power punch coming.

Joe Frazier - Frazier is another boxer with a powerful left hook. Joe Frazier often used his left hook to render a knockout punch to his opponent. Through this powerful punch, its no wonder his name is just as renowned as Muhammad Ali's.

Tommy Morrison - Boxing enthusiasts rank Tommy Morrison's left hook second to Joe Frazier. This power punch was first displayed during his match with Harvey Terrell and has helped him sustain a whopping 42 knockouts throughout his career.


Missed the previous video in the series? Learn to throw a cross here.

The Striking Basics series is all about the fundamentals.Gabriel Varga and Hayabusa developed this series to provide value to all fitness combat practitioners. Whether or not you want to compete in mixed martial arts, this series is for you. We cover a range of techniques, such as the Jab, Cross, Hook, Breathing, kicks, and more. The series also teaches proper boxing stance, guard, counter punch, and other essentials. If you're a coach who wants to inspire students to have a stronger grasp on the fundamentals and learn proper techniques, consider sharing this series.


Gabriel Varga is an impressive martial artist, but we’ll get to that in a moment. We had the opportunity to know him better, and our respect simply quadrupled. His knowledge, demeanor, and overall approach to life are inspiring. If you haven’t already, start following him and his journey, even if you’re not into kickboxing we guarantee you’ll learn something and admire him as much as we do.

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Gabriel Varga has been training in Martial Arts since he was 8-years-old, and in 2014 was awarded his 4th-degree black belt in Karate. Gabriel is now a full-time competitive kickboxer and a part-time instructor specializing in seminars abroad, and martial arts classes for children in Victoria, B.C, Canada.


  • 2x GLORY Featherweight Champion
  • Bellator Featherweight Champion
  • GLORY Contender Tournament Champion
  • Hero Legends Champion
  • WKN World Lightweight Oriental Champion
  • WKF World Light Welterweight K-1 Champion
  • 2x ISKA Amateur World Champion