Boxing Tips

1. Remember to turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, (most of us have slow feet at first) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. What this means is try to punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Once again, remember to use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch.

2. Throw short hooks, short uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs.

3. Throw maximum of 3-5 punch combos. You really don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is drain your energy and leave you open to counters. When you’re starting out, don’t even practice these for now.

4. Remember to breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Try not to hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle!

5. Let your hands go! Release them!  Don’t wait around to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him or her thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

1. Firstly, stay calm and never stop breathing.

2. Hold hands high, elbows low, and moving your head.

3. Try not to waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador as the bull misses. Don’t forget hitting him/her back.

4. Avoid leaning back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches (this is especially hard for most beginners). Establish your ground whilst defending it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered.

5. Avoid waiting for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Disrupt his/her combos and punch! Too many quick fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Remember, let your hands go!

Fight Training Method: Slow sparring to develop faster fighting reflexes is something we stand by. Over and over, we say one of the most important drills for developing faster reflexes is SLOW SPARRING.

Slow sparring does everything:

· Slow sparring is far more fun for beginners.

· Provides you with much faster reaction times

· Builds a much higher variety of better counters

· Enables partners who are sparring to grow rapidly

· Assists you to develop and adapt different styles

· Enables you to spar in a more sophisticated way for longer periods

· Allows you to become a fighter who is more creative (“talent”)

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This is the ONLY way to move at your fastest speed is for you to be relaxed.

When you are relaxed you have the potential for moving at maximum speed.

Relaxed athletes outperform their opponents. It is important to find that fine line between relaxed instead of a lazy move.

In order to be relaxed your movement to express itself freely without tension and stress and feeling uptight. A lazy movement is generally without control and purpose.

Try not to tighten your fists all the time. Attempt to keep your hands relaxed and tighten them into fists only at the time of impact. If you are unsure, try to relax your hands further. Teach your body to keep your shoulders loose instead of hunched and whatever you do please do not tighten any other part of your body before the punch or even flex biceps. Your relaxed body will always punch faster versus a flexed of tightened self!

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The best way to figure out your proper distance for your stance is a method often used as a “High and Heavy” method.  Firstly, stand straight in a high stance with feet shoulder width apart.  Secondly, with your feet straight, rocking side to side shifting weight from one foot to the other, making sure not to lift your feet more than a few inches.  As you are rocking, widen your feet until you can longer rock side to side.  Then, you’re your hips are feeling heavy your feet are also glued to the floor.  This is what they call a “heavy” stance.   Final stage is rocking back and forth whilst you are bringing your feet together.  Make sure you are as tall as possible yet still feeling heavy.  You’ve got the stance when you are feeling tall and your hips have enough weight not to be rocking very much.  This is the “high and heavy’ used for perfect footing.

You will love how a boxing shoe feels more like a durable sock than a shoe.  A thin sole allows your feet to feel and grip the ground with every move allowing you to feel slick and agile.  Non boxing athletic shoes have soles which are far too thick.  The shock absorption built in these athletic shoes reduce the volume of power transferred from the ground…even affect your feet being firmly planted on the ground.  Right shoes are the bare minimum you should invest in for yourself for achieving high performance.  Basically, Boxing shoes are thinner allowing more power transfer.

Sparring is really ideal for beginner boxers and first timers.  It is also a great way to learn how to fight by practice fighting not about beating each other up or fighting for real. Remember it’s not a real fight and your goal should not be about winning.  It’s about learning to survive your rounds so you can learn how to box and ofcourse have fun along the way!

FEELING OUT YOUR OPPONENT: Here’s what we suggest as you prepare to spar and step into the ring for your very first time.  Assertive boxers will look to strike first. The smart and sneaky ones will look to counter punch. If your spar opponent wants to punch first, weave or backstep and hit him/her right back.  If their looking to counter, feint a punch, slip and then punch.

JAB HIGH AND HIT THE BODY Make sure you jab at the head and then go to the body.   Often, beginner do not think about the body attack from the beginning. Ensure you step straight in with a dominating jab.  Then quickly change your head level and weave down to hit your opponent with a hard right hand to the stomach.  Remember hitting should be above the stomach.   A really good move is to weave low, bend to your side, jab your opponents body whilst they lower their guard to block, quickly come up and throw a right hand to the head.

If your arms are getting tired quickly, let’s look at the way you are punching.  we are going to cover to how to be efficient with your energy by refining your punching.

We are covering snapping punches and touch on pushing punches as well.   Punching techniques are more than just jab-cross-hook-uppercut. When we are trying to punch harder, that is just push-punching. This technique is using enormous energy, moves slower which can also leave you open to counter-punches and limits their overall boxing capability.  Push-punching a more experienced boxer, allows the opportunity for your  punch to be parried.

Snapping punches allow you perform faster punching combinations and reduce risks of getting countered, while you’re being more energy efficient.

A snapping punch is a punch which is quickly thrown minimising the contact time with your opponent. Snapping punching strikes the target and comes back almost immediately after making contact rather than the pushing punch which tries to maximize the contact time with the target by forcing the punch all the way through it’s opponent. Snapping punching comes from the arm quickly snapping back after striking your opponent. 

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