Plamen is a dedicated student of martial arts from Bulgaria. He has been training for the last 14 years first in karate and kickboxing, before settling in for MMA for the last 5 years. Plamen truly enjoys the subtle nuances and intricacies both physical and mental that make martial arts the ultimate form of self-discovery. He has a few amateur kickboxing fights and currently trains with and helps a stable of professional and amateur MMA fighters.

Writing about martial arts is also something Plamen is passionate about, so he uses his accumulated knowledge to write news updates, technical breakdowns, analyses and other forms of content made to entertain and educate everyone interested in martial arts. 

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The cross is the second most used punch after the jab. It’s a straight punch with the rear hand, right for orthodox and left for a southpaw and it’s the power shot with the longest range. Technically speaking a “cross” is a punch that comes over the opponent’s jab. The correct name for the cross technique is a right straight also called a “2”. But for easier use, the rear

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The uppercut is the punch that seems to give most people trouble to learn and execute properly out of the 4 basic punches. The jab and rear straight become second nature to boxers and they are extremely useful, the hooks are their power shots, but the uppercut is very important as well as it is the most potent punch in close distance. So, even though it is more specialized than

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The hook is a powerful punch that can be thrown with either hand and is one of the 4 basic punches in boxing (jabs, straights, hooks, and uppercuts). Usually aimed at the side of the head or jaw it has more power than the straight punches, but the arch of the punch makes it a little easier to block. A hook thrown with the lead hand is naturally called a

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The leg kick is a staple of most striking martial arts, but its importance and significance to the fight vary from sport to sport. Because it is used so often, learning how to check a kick is vitally important. To check a kick is essentially blocking a kick with your leg with the upper part of your shin bone or knee. This damages the attacker’s foot and shin and in

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