Superman punch

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Superman punch
Superman punch in Burmese boxing

A superman punch is a technique used in Sanda, Lethwei, Muay Thai, ITF-style Taekwondo, kickboxing, mixed martial arts fighting and professional wrestling.[1] The technique involves bringing the rear leg forward to feign a kick, then snapping the leg back while throwing a cross, resulting in greater power behind the punch.[2]

Superman punches are allowed in boxing as long as they are performed in a proper way and targeted above the belt. The technique adds extra power to the punch, but is not commonly used by world-class boxers because it is easy to anticipate.[3]

The move is also known as the Cobra Punch, Jumping Punch, and Diving Punch.

A superman punch in mixed martial arts was performed by Bas Rutten at UFC 20 against Kevin Randleman.[4]

A variation involves pushing off from the fence with the opposite foot prior to the punch.[5]

NHL hockey player and later Hockey Night In Canada analyst Kevin Bieksa is known for performing a variation on skates.[6]

Professional wrestler Roman Reigns uses a (feigned) Superman Punch as his signature move.

The move was performed by the fictional character Superman in the film Superman Returns, which popularized the name 'Superman Punch' as a name for the attack.

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  1. ^ April 22, 2011 Bloody Elbow – "UFC 129 Judo Chop: Georges St. Pierre's Superman Punch"
  2. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts & Muay Thai Kickboxing : How to Perform the Superman Punch in Kickboxing". eHow. Retrieved 2008-04-17.[dead YouTube link]
  3. ^ Dorge, Priya. "Can you Superman Punch in Boxing".
  4. ^ "".
  5. ^ "Off Fence to Superman's Punch to KO... Sick Skillz" (Video). YouTube. August 15, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.[dead YouTube link]
  6. ^ "Why Kevin Bieksa's 'Superman Punch' is so unique and risky in hockey -".


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