Punching and Kissing…It’s All The Same

A couple of weeks ago Kim Conner Hamby, one of the great female boxers visited our martial arts school.  She talked to us about the different kinds of punches, jabs to be more specific.  But I was thinking about kissing. 

According to Kim, there are thee different kinds of jabs (that’s a lead hand punch for those of you who don’t study the pugilistic sports) . And strangely enough they all kind of line up with the different kinds of kissing.

1. There’s a teasing little jab that comes from your eyebrow and actually just knocks your opponent on top of the head. It’s not a power shot, it’s just something that scores points and gets their attention. That sounds a whole lot like a sweet kiss on the forehead. The kind your boyfriend gives you when you make him brownies. Or you have the flu and he doesn’t actually want your kisses or germs.

2. Then there is the uppercut jab.  It”s got power, if you do it right. But I think it’s kind of ugly and hard to get alot of juice and power into this punch, unless of course you are Kim Hamby. A reverse uppercut , on the other hand, is a killer. But making this punch workt with your lead hand takes a lot of practice. It’s like a soft kiss on the cheek. It can go either way.  It can be too sweet and make almost no impression at all, or, if you’re dealing with an experienced kisser, the soft kiss on the cheek can be super hot and sultry. It’s all about style.

And finally, there’s the straight jab, that comes with a freight train of power if you are committed, if you put your weight behind it and twist your entire body. It’s the killer/thriller jab that can take an opponent out. But you’ve got to bring your A game, just like the power kiss, the kind that makes you loose track of time and buckles your knees. It’s the kind of kiss that takes your breath away but fills you with life. But, just like the jab, you have to be committed and put your whole body into it.

So you see, kissing and punching aren’t that different. Maybe that’s why boxers still say, “I got him right on the kisser”.

*Hey, now it’s your turn. Leave me a comment.