How to Perform a Solar Plexus Strike & Finish a Fight in One Punch!
This dandy looking chap should help you get the rough idea of where to hit
If you want to finish a fight before it's even started, then you need to be able to hit effectively. This article is about how to do that to stop trouble before it starts with a very effective strike, a strike to the solar plexus.
This isn't flashy in any way, but it's extremely painful and will stop even a big unit in his tracks. Here's how to do it properly.
Why solar plexus instead of trying to knock their head off with a punch?
There are several good things about this strike.
The first is that it is hard to see coming. If you keep your eyes on your opponent, they will probably be expecting you to swing for their face as this is more common. You can drop a solar plexus strike in without much range and under their eye line so they won't see it coming.
The second is that if you get it right it's extremely painful and stops the opponent in their tracks as they won't be able to breathe. During this time, when they're doubled over, you can either hit them a few more times to finish them off, leg it, or do both.
Thirdly, you're not likely to cause any lasting damage to your hand (important), or them (less important but still worth bearing in mind). Hands, fingers and knuckles break easily when you hit people on hard surfaces like their face. The solar plexus strike won't damage your hand.
The nice thing about hitting the solar plexus is that there a lot of nerves there and the diaphragm that helps you breathe is behind there. When you hit it, the diaphragm spasms, the person can't breathe and is often in a lot of pain. Even muscular guys can get taken down with this easily as even if they're bodybuilders, then they can't develop muscle over that area. In fact if they're lean it's ideal as they won't have any fat there to protect them either.
I've seen a muay thai fighter get knocked out cold with a solar plexus strike, he had to be carried out of the ring unconscious, which was a good demonstration of its effectiveness.
Practice with a palm at first. Even though it doesn't look much, palm strikes can be very effective
How to hit the solar plexus effectively
To hit effectively then you need to transfer your weight through the target. If you just hit it without weight transfer, then you'll probably bounce off, maybe surprise them a bit, but nothing more. The best way to practice weight transfer is to practice the strike against a bag and then against someone, ideally a willing training partner..
Get them to stand there and start from a push on the solar plexus. The solar plexus is located at the top of the abs (or where the abs should be if you're not a situp person) and just below the centre point of your nipples. If you poke your finger onto the sternum (the breastbone) then go down a bit, then you'll find there is an area that's extremely unpleasant to poke. That's where you want to hit.
Start with just stepping forward and pushing that area. The idea is that your bodyweight is transferred through the opponent, so keep your arm relaxed and push through as if you're pushing through to their spine. You want to do it so you step and your front foot hits the deck as you hit, so your body weight drops into your strike. This is extremely important so don't skip this step, make sure that you are stepping forward properly and pushing your body weight through, as if you leave your feet behind and try to extend your arm to hit, you're greatly limiting the power of your strike.
If you keep your arm relaxed, you'll hit harder and faster than if you try and tense up your muscles. This may sound counterintuitive, but it really works.
There are lots of different strikes you can practice on one of these!
Use these if you dont want to tear your knuckles apart while practicing strikes
Be careful when you practice. Once you get the technique right, then work at building up your speed. You don't want to be staring at the target, just do that while you're getting your aim right, then see if you can start hitting the target while you keep your eyes locked on to your opponent. If you are in a confrontation and your eyes drop to the target, they'll see where you're going to hit them.
In an ideal world, your opponent will be coming forward at you as you move forward at them, so when you hit them the two forces make one almighty blow. The thing is, you don't need to hit particularly hard, it is better to practice transferring your weight and hitting with a relaxed arm than trying to muscle through. If you try and hit with a flexed arm, then you'll find you won't hit as hard as relaxed muscles and good weight transfer. Being relaxed also makes you faster.
This is an innocent looking technique, but it can be very devastating if your opponent isn't expecting it. Plenty of MMA and boxing matches have finished on the spot when someone has been hit in the solar plexus so don't underestimate it. Don't telegraph it and put it in properly and they will be breathless, stunned and on the floor. If you hit hard enough and it won't need to be that hard, they will hit the deck. If you haven't got them perfectly, then they're usually still bent forward and in a great position to follow up with a couple of knees up into the stomach / face or an elbow to the side of the head.
Be careful when practicing. One of my training partners ended up in hospital with a bruised heart and broken sternum from me practicing this technique on them and hitting a bit high. Another cracked his sternum, although his heart was ok. These were both accidental while I was practicing, but the thing is I wasn't even going at them very hard, just flowing through and hitting while relaxed. I wasn't even using punches, just palm strikes and had this effect, so if you are hitting very hard then you may cause your partner problems. Not a problem if you're getting mugged, but not ideal while practicing.
Anyway be careful while practicing as it can be a devastating technique, but a nice one to have in your toolbox just in case you ever need it. It's painful, easy to do and if you practice the delivery, harder to spot than a lot of strikes.
If you need to use it one someone, hit them hard enough to put them down and then get out of there.
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