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]

A superman punch in mixed martial arts was performed by Bas Rutten at UFC 20 against Kevin Randleman.[3]

A variation involves pushing off from the fence with the opposite foot prior to the punch.[4]

NHL hockey player and later Hockey Night In Canada analyst Kevin Bieksa is known for performing a variation on skates.[5]

Professional wrestler Roman Reigns uses a (feigned) Superman Punch as a trademark move.[6]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "".
  4. ^ "Off Fence to Superman's Punch to KO... Sick Skillz" (Video). YouTube. August 15, 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.[dead YouTube link]
  5. ^ "Why Kevin Bieksa's 'Superman Punch' is so unique and risky in hockey -".
  6. ^ "Professional wrestling strikes", Wikipedia, 2021-07-15, retrieved 2021-07-21


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