# Numbers system for striking?

Does anyone remember Kevin Rooney's number system he used to use with Tyson?He had assigned a number to each different punch and he would call out number combinations and Tyson would throw the punches that went with those numbers.

I am thinking of incorporating this system into my training and also want to use a letter system for kicks.For example a 1=jab and A=leg kick so 1A would be jab+leg kick.

Does anyone remember the specific numbers he used with the specific punches?

I know that this goes on the boxing forum and I'll post it there as well but there is more traffic on this page.Thanks

I don't know how the sytem I learned lines up with anything else... but FWIW:

#1 Jab
#2 Cross
#3 Left Hook
#4 Right Hook
#5 Left straight to the body
#6 Right straight to the body
#7 Left Hook to the body
#8 Right Hook to the body
#9 Left Uppercut
#10 Right Uppercut
#11 Jab fake
#12 Overhand right

Now, on Bas Rutten's MMA tapes, he uses numbers, but a little differently.

#1 Jab (same)
#2 Jab-Cross (would be called a 1-2 the way I learned)
#3 Jab-Cross-Hook (would be 1-2-3 the way I learned)
#4 Jab-Cross-Hook-Cross (1-2-3-1)

Thanks pummel.That looks correct or at least how I was taught as well

Some of the MT training I was taught was based upon a numbering system using various counts and beats.

the kickboxing I've seen was like that, but they just kept going with the numbers. like #10 was a spinning backfist

I like the simplicity of the one number = one punch system, but for a WORKOUT, Bas's system actually works better, because there is less to listen and react to.

"4 and a right straight" rather than "1-2-3-1 and a 1."

Bas's tapes are good.

A lot of different trainers use a numbered system for punches.

yeah, now that I think about it, I like the numbers for combinations system better

yeah the numbers are the way to go while training. I used to use them all the time. then you can eventually get into one number for each combonation with the more advanced students. Then your yelling fewer numbers but they are throwing more leather.

I remember odds were lefts, evens were rights, when recalling rooney's system. I watched a ton of tapes and eventually figured it out.

1-left hook
2-right cross
3-left uppercut
4-right uppercut
5-left to body
6-right to body
7-jab

I don't believe there is a standard. Lots of people like to think there is, but they are wrong. The number system of striking seems to differ from gym to gym. They all have 1 - 2 - 3 in common (jab, cross, hook). After that, it varies.

Team Quest numbering

1-lead jab 2-rear cross 3-lead hook 4-rear hook 5-lead uppercut 6-rearuppercut 7 - lead push/front kick 8 - rear push/front kick 9 - lead roundkick 10 - rear roundkick

The numbers are the same for a orthodox or southpaw ie. a one is always a jab.