Everyone training combat sports has asked himself the question “ How to knock someone out? ” at least one time at a certain point in their life. Whether for a self-defense situation or for an upcoming fight everybody seems to like the idea of knocking down their opponent.
And how could you not like it? An unconscious man can’t punch you, right? Some people believe that you have to be born with that “knockout power”.
However, that is not true and with enough training and some other things that must be considered is completely possible to achieve the knockout. We will reveal all this in the following article.
Warning: A knockout punch is a serious thing. It can cause injuries and inflict brain damage. Never try to knock out your sparring partners just to test your power. We all are in the gym to learn new things and practice the sport we like. If you are beginner you can check out our sparring tips article.
How to make a knockout?
First, to answer the question we must know what really is a knockout. What causes a man to fall unconscious after a punch? There are generally two ways for knocking somebody down – with a blow to the head or with a blow to the body.
With the body knockout often the opponent stays conscious but has little to no control over his body. The reason is that there are some less protected by bones and muscles areas of the human body like the liver, the solar plexus or kidneys.
When one of the previously mentioned body parts gets punched it causes a lot of pain and usually your opponent can’t continue to fight. Check out some scary body shot knockouts in MMA.
Whereas, a strong blow to the head causes the brain to crash into the inside of the skull, resulting in a blackout and often a memory loss.
Which are the best places to punch if you want a knockout?
1. The chin
The chin is one of the best places to hit if you want to knock out somebody. The reason is that a hit on the chin even without much power makes the head spin or shake resulting in brain shock and knockout.
2. Behind the ears
There is a big bundle of nerves behind the ears that makes this area very sensitive. A good punch there often causes a knockout.
3. The neck/throat
Although, it’s illegal to hit somebody on the throat in most combat sports we have to mention it. We don’t suggest hitting anybody in this area as it may result in a serious injury. The neck and especially the windpipe is very vulnerable part of the body. That’s why when you start practicing combat sports you learn to always keep your hands up – protecting the neck and the chin.
4. Solar plexus
The solar plexus is located just under the chest but above the stomach. A punch delivered in the area results in taking the breath out of your opponent and making them incapable to fight.
5. The liver
The liver is a very painful spot to be punched. Although most likely your opponent will stay conscious if you perform a nice, clean shot he will be out of the fight.
So really, how to knock someone out?
We have to deliver a powerful punch at the right time and at the right place. That needs good timing, speed, precision, technique, and power.
The thing is that you have a much greater chance knocking out somebody if he is not prepared for the shot. Imagine if you tell somebody “Okay, I will hit you right now.”. He will flex his muscles and get ready for the shot making it less likely for you to knock him out. That’s why the timing and precision are more important than power.
Therefore if you catch your opponent unprepared that can result in a knockout punch. There are two ways of doing that – either countering your opponent when he doesn’t expect it or by setting up a devastating shot.
Unless you are gifted with extreme power like Sonny Liston, George Foreman or Lennox Lewis you need to work with combinations and good angles. Even Mike Tyson who is a well-known knockout artist.
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His scary knockout power comes from his speed and powerful punches to the body then switching up to the head, constantly striking. You can watch the video below in which he explains how he sets up his knockouts.
How to train if you want to have a knockout power?
First, you got to get your technique straight. Without technique, you can’t throw a fast, well-timed, powerful punch.
Second, work on your accuracy. When you are punching thing about where you want to land the punches. Don’t just throw some shots and hoping some of them to get to your opponent. Watch where you want to hit and know exactly where you want to land the punch. If you work on the heavy bag pretend like the bag is your opponent and try to keep up a fight pace.
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And finally, go to the gym. Yes, although it’s not the only factor, power is an important aspect of getting the desirable knockout power. Do basic, heavy exercises like squats, deadlift, bench press, push-ups, and pull-ups.
The thing is everyone is different and the amount of power required to knock somebody out is different. That is why it’s often said that someone has a “good chin” or a “bad chin”. There is no such thing as a strong, good chin. You can’t make your chin stronger but what you can actually do is strengthen the neck muscles which will prevent your head easily spinning to the side when punched. Therefore lowering the chance of getting knocked out.
How to lower the chance of getting knocked out?
Protecting yourself from a knockout is also an important part of your training. We already discussed how to improve your boxing defense here.
As we already said, the muscle that determines if you are capable of taking big punches is the neck. There are a lot of neck exercises and you can start with the basic ones, moving to the more advanced. Here is a good video about neck exercises.
This is the complete answer to the question “How to knock somebody out?”. With enough practice and consistency in training, you should be able to massively increase your knockout power. If you want to share your experience or ask some additional questions feel free to comment below.