The rear uppercut is not a commonly used punch in Muay Thai. However, it can be very effective when thrown from the right range and with good form and power.

  1. Establish proper range (see video).
  2. Drive from the hip and use a pivot + rotation of back foot and leg.
  3. Do not drop your hand at the beginning of the strike.
  4. Palm should face-in at the end of the punch.
  5. Make a tight first upon impact.
  6. Finish the punch with a shoulder roll.


The lead uppercut is slightly different.

  1. Can be a longer range (not always), but is useful for long fighters.
  2. Set hips to the left (using a punch or slip) – main difference
  3. Do not drop your hand at the beginning of the strike
  4. Palm should face-in at the end of the punch
  5. Finish the punch with a shoulder roll.
  6. Keep chin tucked (for both punches).

Check out these videos for details on these tips.

Coach Roxy and Nathan review some simple cues to make your uppercuts crisp and sharp and improve your boxing for Muay Thai.

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