Thursday, January 31, 2013

Writing Research: How to Take a Punch

This is the first post in a research blog series new to SOI. You can read all about the inspiration for it here. This post I'm going to be tackling to how take a punch, as this is a common scenario for all genres of fiction. A fist fight could break out in a battle against aliens (sci-fi), in the trenches (historical fiction), between a cop and a criminal (mystery), between two teen boys behind the local high school (realistic fiction) etc. etc. You get the idea of how applicable this knowledge could be to your stories.

For a blow to the body:
Tighten your stomach muscles to protect your inner organs.
Do not suck in your stomach.
Try to absorb the impact.
Turn your body slightly to the side, to take the hit in your obliques. See picture.
A blow to the oblique might break a rib, but that is better compared to the damage that taking a punch straight on would cause.
and no this was not an excuse to post a picture of a
good looking guy, tehe 

A blow to the head: 
Move towards the blow, not away from it. If punched when moving backwards, you take the full force of  the hit. This can cause the brain moving suddenly within the skull which can cause severe injury or death. 
Clench your jaw and tighten your neck muscles. 
A blow is best taken in the forehead.

Try to avoid the nose, as it is one of the worse places in the face to take the punch. 
Try to deflect the blow by blocking with your arm. 

Definitions that may come in handy:
Uppercut: a swinging blow directed upward, as to an adversary's chin.
 Roundhouse Punch: a punch to the head made by swinging the arm in an arc rather than by a jabbing punch. Hook (right or left): a punch in boxing. It is performed by turning the core muscles and back, thereby swinging the arm, which is bent at an angle near or at 90 degrees, in a horizontal arc into the opponent. A hook is usually aimed at the chin, but it can also be used for body shots, especially to the liver. 

That concludes the first survival guide writer's research post on SOI. As always feedback is appreciated. If there is more you would like to see or a particular research topic, let me know in the comments. Have a wonderful weekend (is it too soon to wish that on Thursday?) Ah well.

What I'm reading: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
What I'm listening to: PAN AM: Music from and Inspired by the Orginial Series
What I'm watching: House MD


  1. Now, I have to say, that was interesting! And logical, too. I've never thought about the ins and outs of socking someone, but that could quite come in handy... :)

    1. I didn't really realize all the details either until I started researching this post! Even though you don't have to use all the details when writing a scene with a fight, it's good to write with some background knowledge.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. This is great how its laid out, definitely logical and makes approaching a fight scene seem easier :)

    1. Great! I'm really glad that this post worked out for you. The aim of this series is the make these scenes that are somewhat out of our life experience a little easier to write.

      Even just writing this post gave me more ideas and inspiration to write a scene like this. Good luck with any fighting scenes you may write in the future:)

  3. Love this, sword fighting post next? :D I find it nice to have friends with a multitude of hobbies that they can either teach you or you can call them. This is how I found out about boxing and street fights.

    1. Yes, friends in the know all great to have around! And yes, I will most definitely consider doing sword fighting next. I thought about doing it for this post, but I obviously didn't.

      Thanks for commenting:D


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