Even though body shots are powerful and useful, this does not mean body shots are always the best techniques to use. If you are fighting Muay-thai fighter and you drop you head for a body punch, you may receive a knee to the head. If fighting a ground fighter, dropping you head may lead to a takedown. However, a fighter is tired and is hiding behind a guard is a choice body shot target.
Body punches may be thrown with both hands but the lead hand is the most effective since it is closer, faster, and harder to see and block. The key to body punching is positioning and the dropping of your weight. To set up a body punch the knee bend to lower the body weight (do not drop the hands to cock for the punch). Do not reach; you will lose power. Being in close is best, especially when the opponent is covering up. Hard body shots will open the head for head attacks.
How to Use Body Shots
Body punches are executed similar to a hook to the head. Power comes from turning on the ball of the lead foot to initiate a hip turn and a solid follow through with the lead hand. Immediately after landing the punch, straighten the legs and return to the guard position.
Defense Against Body Shots
Raise a knee and lower an elbow to block a body shot, and then attack the opponents lowered head. Clench (or tie up) the opponent by grasping the back of the opponent's head with your lead hand, while protecting your face with the right, and then secure the clench with the right hand., and then secure the clench with the right hand.