Derek Panza has had quite a few fights. That is because he has competed as a boxer as well as a kickboxer. He has a 7-0 record as a boxer, and he was 22-1 in kickboxing, culminating in his career when he became the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion. Obviously, Panza wasn’t always the bigger and stronger fighter when he went into battle.

That’s why he liked to use the Bump and Punch technique, which he shared with Frank Sepe in a recent workout. Panza said this was a good way to work against an opponent without going toe-to-toe or moving too much.

“The effective strategy is to keep your opponent off-balance,” he explained. One way to do this is to bump your shoulder into the opponent when you are about to be grabbed and held.

“As soon as he grabs me, I have to hit him hard and violently with my shoulder,” said Panza. “The shoulder is a weapon in battle.”

The next step after the bump is, of course, the punch. Panza explained that depending on which shoulder you use to punch the opponent, you should use the other hand to deliver the punch immediately.

“It has to be fast and it has to be violent,” he said emphatically. He also suggested that this may be necessary repeatedly if you’re up against someone who may overwhelm you.

“I punch and punch non-stop. As strong as Frank is, when he’s back on his heels, he’s weak.”

Besides showing you what to do, Panza revealed one thing not to do: stretch your arms out.

“When I stretch to push Frank, I’m vulnerable,” he told the camera as he demonstrated with Sepe. “You never stretch your arms out when you punch.”

Panza also discussed that while the Bump and Punch is effective, it is not foolproof. No matter what a fighter does, the opponent can counter. So do your best in the situation you find yourself in – be it an organized competition or a fight on the street. There are many options when it comes to fighting.

“I can show that there is a counter for this, and a counter for that. It is infinite.”

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