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I ve been asked for southpaw guides so often that I ve decided to enlist the help of a true southpaw, one of my fighters

, and a great friend: Van Truong. This will be his first post of many to come for ExpertBoxing. These are some of the simplest and most d punches on orthodox fighters. All you eint, and of course some basic punching southpaw advantage simply because your confuse the right-handers. :) effective southpaw tricks I ve used to need is a little movement, a slip or a technique. Being that you already have stance alone, it doesn t take too much lan f a to

Here are 5 of my favorite southpaw boxing tricks:

1. Straight Lead Lefts A very potent weapon against any opponent. Lead lefts can be fast, strong, and t ricky to deal with. The key to landing lead lefts is to throw without hesitation . Don t over think, just throw. Keeping this mindset will make your leads fast and unpredictable. Don t hesitate to think, because when you stop to think your oppon ent is thinking. Give your opponent no time to think. Be unpredictable and throw for the sake of strategy.

How to throw the straight lead lefts: You can throw this punch in virtually any position and stance. For power it s key for you to keep a solid stance with your legs planted, throw without leaning you r head forward, keep your torso straight, rotate your hips and shoulders. For fa st leads: square up your shoulders, and throw it almost like a jab. Throw this punch STRAIGHT down the center between his gloves. This will occupy h is attention as your punch comes straight down into his line of sight. If you re worried about getting countered to your head, you can tilt your head for ward or to the side as you throw this lead left. When to throw the straight lead lefts: You must keep your eyes on your opponent. When he s not looking, you can throw as much as you want. I tend to throw lots of power leads when my opponent puts up a high guard. I break his guard by mixing up my leads. I work the body, feint low , and throw up top. Against an opponent with good footwork, you will need to walk him down with pati ence and speed. I like to mix up my lead lefts with jabs. I make him fear both h ands. I walk him into a corner, I set my feet fast, and fire. Don t stop to think against a slick opponent. You gotta be first unless you want him to get away, or counter you. Against an aggressive opponent, the lead left will be your counter and needs to have a little power to keep him off. 2. Stiff Arm Jabs This is a strong weapon against fighters moving forward. If a boxer wants to cha rge you down like a bull, make him run into a wall. Catch him coming in with a s tiff arm jab. The trick will immediately immobilize his actions. It also keeps h im an arm length away, which will create space for your left hand.

Practice the stiff jab on a heavy bag and fortify it into a strong weapo n. Be careful of his counter left hook. plant your feet. . Leaning forward usually makes it a shoulder jab. and release the jab. When used successfully. Drill the basic movements down. I ve won fights using just this trick. First have him throw jabs at you as you catch them with your glove. Plant a few hard hooks to the body. For offense: catch him with the stiff. It helps to visualize your counter righ t hook going over your opponent s jab shoulder. Practice slipping jabs wi th a friend. Activate your forearm. following up becomes real easy. If I know the jab is coming. and be aware of his right hand when you re in side. The main focus for creating the stiffness is to activate your lat muscles. How to slip the jab and throw the counter right hook: If you can t see or slip jabs. an d apply it in sparring. Once I get him active and throwing: I slip. Once you re able to see all the jabs coming in. Straight Left A very good trick to counter an opponent. I t s also a good counter against right hand leads. Sometimes you may have to get in closer as you slip or else you might be too far to land the counter right hook. Slip the Jab. 3. this trick c an create a lot of mind games and potentially disarm your opponent s jab. and shoot the jab straight out like an a rrow. and you ll land ever y-time. When to slip the jab and throw the counter right hook: The best time I like to apply this trick is after I bait the jab. now you can start moving your hea d. You can slip your head to the inside or outside of your partner s jab. You can land the jab and move or pivot to be defensive.) When to throw a stiff arm jab: The instance your opponent moves forward. then add feints of your own. then this trick won t work. Many fighters only activate their shoulders and it feels more like an arm punch than a wall when you do this. 4. s houlders. Right hook This move will take some reflex and timing. I like to mix it up and make my opponent s think. triceps. If he s not throwing.How to throw a stiff arm jab: You can fire the jab from the southpaw stance. and lats into the punch for a solid and strong stiff jab. Pull. (Note: it s harder to throw with your lat if you re leaning your head too far forward. Keep your left side protected and be safe. I ll fire jabs to activate his offense. and I ll set a strong hook up top. Then start working in the counter hooks. work the combinations. Jab. If he starts feinting jabs to t hrow you off. For a longer range jab rotate your shoulders fully. and land a counter hook to the body or to the top.

I pull away and come back with a hard straight. duck. When pulling back. You can pull away from any attack. try to pull straight back or even towards your back left leg if you can. Once he makes a move . Some might react to your uppe r body rotation. When to fake a straight left. you can lean your upper body away slightly. How to fake a straight left. or duck and weave after your uppercuts. This will make it easier for his right hand to miss in front you. 5. Right Uppercut Feints are a tactical move used by many pros to throw opposing fighters off guar d. If he s coming in a lot as he th rows the punch. Once you get a hang of it start following up the uppercut with combinations. . which can be more devastating. pull. or roll away. Some oppon ents might react to just the glove moving forward. You only need enough space for your opponent to miss and fa ll through. I like to fake the straight because if the opponent tries to block the straight. Diffe rent opponents will respond to different parts of your body movement. Even the most basic feints can be effective in high-s peed situations using clever movement.How to jab. It s best to make it shor t when pulling away. Feinting with the shoulder movement on the inside. The moment you see a response. throw an uppercut. pull. Keep safe and stay away from counters. can make him jump back and op en up space for your powerful uppercut. Kee p that defense in mind by pulling away. and straight left: To do a small southpaw pull. A short pull allows for a faster counter straight. I just want my opponent to throw something. The one I like most is flashing the shoulder movement as if I m t hrowing a straight. you can take a back step with your left leg. Work fast and be sharp. If you are getting tagged: pull and then weav e. and throw a right uppercut: Make the opposing fighter react and pick his openings apart. When to jab. I ll take a left back step and to make room as he falls into my le ft hand counter. and straight left: You need to time your opponent with a pull. Or for a big pull. Fake Straight Left. Incorporating feint shots into your combinations will make you a very unpredi ctable and tricky fighter. I use jabs as bait to activate an of fensive attack. and throw a right uppercut: The main part of this trick is to create a reaction from a false movement. he might open himself up for the uppercut.