Throwing a punch is an essential skill along your journey to manhood. I see far too many men who come to train with me fight like Napoleon Dynamite. We need to have confidence in our abilities to end an altercation, not run away to our safe spaces!
The movie Friday had a perfect line about how men handle fights now: Mr. Jones tells Craig after finding his gun, “Oh, no, son. That’s not the way it is. You kids have been nothin’ but punks. Sissified. So quick to pick up a gun. Too scared to take an ass-whipping. [Raises his fists] This is what makes you a man. When I was growing up, this was all the protection we needed. You win some, you lose some. But you live, you live to fight another day!”
Men are built to fight. It is in our genes. Gavin McInnes (peace be upon him) fights. In the past he even flew out to fight a pro boxer, and when asked why he would risk harm like that, his response was, “because I am a tough guy.” That’s what the Proud Boys are all about, being strong men again.
Throughout history, boys have started training in the martial arts as young as 5 or 6 years-old. One prominent example is the Spartans, our ultimate example of a warrior society. Around the age of 7, Spartan boys were sent to the Agoge to learn how to fight, among other things. They were encouraged to fight to see who was the toughest, and if they did not pass the Agoge by age 30, they were not allowed to be full citizens of Sparta. Imagine if they had cried for safe spaces when they got hit in the face!
Today fighting is viewed as barbaric. Masculinity is labeled as toxic. I am not an advocate for walking up to someone and cold-cocking them. But I am an advocate for men settling their differences by walking outside, duking it out, then going to get a beer together.
Sadly, the art of fighting has been lost. It is time to change that. Here are a few general rules on how to throw a proper punch.
YOU CANNOT BE STANDING ON A TIGHTROPE
This is the most important thing to remember. If you take one thing away from this article, make it this: proper stance is critical! You want to have a shoulder-width stance, and keep balanced. If you are right-handed, the left foot should be slightly forward. Conversely, southpaws have the right forward.
Lean too far forward and you are asking to eat a hook, too far back and you are going to be backpedaling all day, never getting power out of your punches. Stay light on your feet, float like a butterfly so when it is time you can sting like a bee.
PROTECT THE MONEY-MAKER
Keep at least one hand up at your face no matter what! As cool as Chuck Liddell is, none of us are him. No shooting from the hip with your punches. It is slower, less powerful, and ineffective overall to try to throw punches with your hands down. Hands up, and punch straight towards your target. Also, in order to throw a punch, you’ve got to be conscious. One blow to your temple and you will be face-down for a long nap. So make sure you always have one hand up in defense!
HIPS DON’T LIE
If you have ever seen a fight in public, most people just flail their arms around and hope to land something. True, sometimes they get lucky and land a blow to the back of the head, but to throw a true knockout punch, the arms are merely the link between the hips and the hands. I grew up in the Tyson era, and if you watch his fights, even as a shorter heavyweight, he would bully inside and torque his hips to propel the uppercut that ended most of his early fights. Your hips are where you get true power, so relax your shoulders and don’t try to strong-arm the punch. Just turn your hips.
Side tip: every morning, wake up and stretch. Most of us have tight hip flexors, so taking 5 minutes to stretch every morning will keep you loose for any potential scraps.
HIT ‘EM WITH THE KNUCKLE SANDWICH
Urban Dictionary defines a knuckle sandwich as “administering a mouthful of fist.” That’s fucking awesome. Use your middle knuckle to guide your punch. Some say to aim for their throat, so when your opponent tries to tuck their chin, it will land flush on the bridge of the nose. Do not stop once you make contact! Punch through. Like in Mortal Combat: FINISH HIM!
SECOND DEGREE INITIATION PUNCHES
Now, Proud Boys, how can we use this information in the meantime, since we do not go out looking for fights? Other than perfecting the art of punching with heavy bag drills or shadowboxing, we can apply it directly to our second degree prospects. Take a nice, shoulder-width stance. We are in a big group, so friendly fire is likely. Keep your hands up and protect yourself. We do not aim for the face or below the belt, so no need aiming for the throat. Pick your spot and make sure to use your hips to power through the punches. We are not looking to knockout or hurt our brother, but throwing punches like Charlie Z cheats them out of a defining moment in their evolution as a Proud Boy.
Now give ’em hell, tell them you are proud of your fucking boy, and buy that man a beer!
There you go, men. Hopefully I helped you along your journey towards becoming better dudes. I advise any able-bodied man to find a local boxing gym. Not only is it a hell of a workout, it’s one of the best things you can do to better yourself and build confidence.
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