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Boxing Tip #1: Jab Tap
Posted on December 27, 2009 by Aaron This is the beginning of a new series of boxing tips I will be trying to post on a semi-regular basis. With any luck, you should see a new boxing tip everyday. I will never forget the day in the gym that I learned the boxing tip that I call the jab tap. (I have no idea if that is the official name for it). My trainer could have told me how to do it, but instead I learned the hard way during one of many sparring sessions. This day I ended up with a very bloody nose. I flicked a jab out at his head and from out of absolutely nowhere I got clocked with a straight right that rattled every bone in my face. After I recovered from the shock, I was in complete disbelief. How did he manage to punch through my jab with a right? If you think about the mechanics for this boxing tip, two orthodox stances facing off leave very little room for a straight right to land on target when one opponent is throwing a jab. If you follow a straight line from chin to chin, the punches would end up hitting each other midway -they basically follow the same line. Thus, the only way to land that straight right is to come in at a different angle or move the jab out of the way. Well, turns out the second method is what happened to me. As my jab neared my trainer, he very quickly tapped it downward with an ever so slight tap as he began to throw a straight right. With the jab deflected downward, my face was wide open and he seized the opportunity turning the forward motion of the tap into a full out straight right that was completely unobstructed going in. The rest is history. It was a hard learned lesson. I am so grateful for learning that lesson though, because it has come in handy more than once. It is one of those boxing tips that drives home the requirement for perfect timing in boxing. The ability to anticipate someone's move and use their offense in your own offense is what makes this sport so incredible. This boxing tip is also a counter attack.
Utilizing the Jab Tap
1. Facing your boxing opponent, you have to read him or her and anticipate when they are going to throw their jab or you can bait them. I talk about baiting in another boxing tip, but basically you can lure them into throwing what you want them to throw by adjusting the target they see. In this case, bait them by opening up your guard and exposing your head slightly. Just be careful what you ask for. 2. As the jab comes in, you have to start throwing your right and time it so that it is just out in front of your face when the jab is coming in. It is at this point that your open glove should be able to very lightly tap the jab downwards. You only need a very slight movement. The momentum of the jab hitting the deflection of your hand will send it harmlessly out of the way.
3. Continue with the straight right now, with full force at your target. If the timing is right, your opponent will not know what hit him and there will be very little danger of counter attack as he will not have recovered his jab or be in any position to launch another punch. He undoubtedly will try slipping the right, so be sure to follow this with a left hook or a jab of your own.
When to use the Jab Tap
You can use this at any time, but I find it works best in the opening rounds of a fight. It sets a tone and says, "jab at me if you want, but I'm going to nail you". It definitely makes them think twice about throwing excessive jabs out. Be careful though, using a lazy jab from your opponent to do this with just says to your opponent to stop being lazy. If he's any good, he'll think twice about just throwing lazy jabs and instead will ensure everyone coming your way is crisp and clean. This could decrease openings and make slipping much tougher. It generally does not work so well when your opponent is throwing a double or triple jab. This is because they may not be totally committed to the first jab. That is, they may be pulling it back about the same time you are tapping it. If that happens and you follow through for the right, they may be in a position to land the second jab as you are moving forward. Watch out for that. I especially like using this boxing tip when my opponent thinks he is going to start a flurry of punches. Stopping him on the first punch really changes the tone of the fight.
Practicing the Jab Tap
The best way to practice is with a sparring partner in order to get the timing right. However, if you can't convince someone to throw jabs at you, then visualize it in front of the heavy bag. Picture it coming in, make the motion with your right hand to tap it down and then slam the right into the bag. As soon as you do, move and repeat. Good luck.
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Boxing Tip #2: Creating Openings
Posted on January 2, 2010 by Aaron What is the goal of boxing? The answer: to hit and not get hit. So, do you think moving head on into an opponent is the best way to achieve the above? The answer: No. When you are in the ring, facing an opponent and are static, that is, not moving, you are a target. Same goes for your opponent. Both of you know it, so what do you do? You protect yourself. You put up your guard and you ensure as little of your body or head is visible. This is how you satisfy the "not get hit" part of the equation above. Now how do you expect to hit if your opponent is doing the same thing? For startes you could be like Rocky Marciano and just punch whatever you can. Arms, shoulders, forearms, nail them and nail them hard. Some boxers that boxed Rocky said that every punch hurt and it didn't matter where you got hit. So, if you're a swarmer like Marciano and have the power, then punch and punch hard. Just be ready to receive whatever you are giving. For most of us, that is not an option and as such we have to learn to create openings. This can be done in two basic ways: 1. Using angles: Sideways movement is unpredictable. Back and forth moving is predictable. When you throw out a jab, any untrained person will generally lean back to try and get out of the way. There is some merit of that in boxing, but in general, it is a predictable response and one that leaves you in no position to counterpunch. A far better option is to step to an angle or slip the punch. It is so much more unpredictable (you can move in a number of angles with a number of rhythms), plus it sets you up to counter attack.
the less chance you will get tagged and the more chance you have of finding an opening. and some great boxers can punch off the back foot or a movement backwards). Something as simple as deflecting a jab should only take a slight movement of the hand. Using feints: Do not confuse this with deception. Look at your opponent. but you are messing with your opponent's mind. However. you can go through the motions with your heavy bag or double end bag. They can be body movements as well such as pretending to go left and then suddenly going right. 2010 by Aaron . Fake a shot to the ribs and the arms will drop as your opponent flinches giving you a split second to switch it up and land one to the head. this is more of a trick for lack of a better term. Home ¾ Boxing Tip #3: Use the Force Luke! Posted on January 17. Because they are so tight and tense. When to Use All the time. Someone this tense will move their entire arm leaving you a giant target. they are either completely incapable of moving or when they do move. Sometimes. The idea is to make the fake shot look believable. You are can get within their decision making cycle and actually make them do what you want them to. but that is for another day's boxing tip. Punch and then move sideways or at various angles around the bag. You want to learn to utilize the momentum of your opponent to your advantage. Same goes for the body. If you are moving backwards when you fight. If he or she is incredibly tense. they will be susceptible to exaggerated flinches and you will have excellent success in employing this boxing tip. you're fleeing. It can also be done just by looking in a certain spot. not only are you creating openings. Pretending to punch someone in the head and then switching mid way and hitting to the body will likely create an opening as they bring their arms up to protect their head. The less predictable you are in the ring. it is with far too much energy and force. (There are exceptions to this. Feints do not just have to be punches.2. that can be done with something as simple as an exaggerated movement with your shoulder or the faintest hint of movement from your hands. How to Practice Creating Openings Ideally. It involves a lot more thinking in terms of the strategic effect you want to achieve. with a partner during sparring. Practice the feints by faking a shot to the head and then delivering it low and vice versa. I'll save for another day. When you are attacking from different angles. Deception. you aren't fighting.
this is what happens when you land a punch. Anytime movement is occurring. If you side step and the punch misses. In boxing terms. the added force of his forward momentum will make your punch that much more powerful and capable of inflicting more damage. 3. A clean. causing it to change direction .I mentioned in a previous boxing tip the idea of momentum and how you want to harness an opponent's momentum and use it to your advantage. inetic energy can be transferred from one object to another. but what I'm trying to get at in a not so eloquent way." What do you think happens when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force? After the initial collision. If that weight is in transfer and you interrupt it by punching or moving. This is how damage is caused. the weight transfer will pull them too far forward leaving them unbalanced for a split second. That is when you need to strike. it requires the same amount of force as was put into that punch. 4. picture a jab coming at your head. if you simply deflect the jab. Two objects moving towards one another will produce a more violent collision than two objects moving in the same direction: In boxing terms if your opponent is moving towards you and meets your fist moving towards him. As an example. this describes weight transfer. picture a straight right. transfers all of the forward momentum from your punch into your opponent and this is when maximum damage is caused. If you push or pull your punches. At very least. it may be quite difficult for your opponent to maintain his or her balance leaving them susceptible to counter attack. In the ring there is stationary and there is movement. It requires energy and force to stop and move one's weight in another direction. If you understand a few simple concepts. if your opponent was not prepared to miss. However. Lesson: Try and hit an opponent as they are moving towards you or at least add some movement of your own when trying to inflict maximum damage with a punch. 2. In a way. SNAP. you only need a fraction of the energy in your blocking hand to do this. In order to win. quick. To hold your hand in front of it and absorb all the energy and force that was put into it without allowing your hand to move would be nearly impossible. the energy is . they are at equilibrium meaning neither side is getting ahead.say 45 degrees to the right or left causing it to harmlessly pass by your head. An opponent who is moving is easier to throw off balance than one who is stationary. As an added bonus. you want to suck the force out of them and use it to double your own output in the ring. the deflection may carry over into principle 2 here and cause an off balance situation. either the unstoppable force or the immovable object has to take energy from the other player to disrupt that balance. I'm sure that sounded way too much like 10th grade science class to most of you. you can tailor your ring game to use the laws of thermodynamics (specifically the second law) to your advantage: 1. "Energy cannot be created nor destroyed. In boxing terms. only changed from one form to another. is that you can use the movements and energy expenditures of your opponent to your advantage if you know how. As your opponent throws they are expecting to make contact. It is easier to redirect a moving object than a stationary one. In boxing terms. energy is being expended.
watch professionals box. That is itself will make you more aware of your opponent's movements and put you in a position to use those movements to your advantage. So. It is helpful to record the match and play it back in slow motion. you disrupt the combination AND use that disruption to . Transfering the energy from your punch to your opponent is your goal and when your striking distance is perfect that transfer occurs effortlessly. 2010 by Aaron A block is done to prevent a punch from hitting you. you shouldn't go into a fight believing you are simply going to block every punch thrown at you. Depending on the strength of your opponent. move that theory into practice by shadowboxing the movements with an imaginary opponent. You see. A block is best when it is used as a bridge to a counter. perfect your striking distance. Thus. but it is only half of the defense. If they are strong enough. However. you really need to practice on punching at the optimal distance from your target. a puncher with such strength is usually an anomaly and not the norm. this opponent throws a 1-2-3 combination. Energy that can be better used to put you in an offensive mode. In short order you will be able to anticipate your opponent's moves and know how to use those forces to your own advantage. bring it into the ring and put it to the test. However. Fourth. Build up a repertoire of reactions by perfecting one and then working on another. Picture them doing something and then react to it. Don't watch like a fan would watch. Seems obvious enough. Third. Picture an opponent coming at you. the better chance they have of scoring. Doing so requires a lot of energy. you will not want to. they will punch right through your blocks. Second. If you don't do anything.not being transferred in its entirety. Repeated sparring is the only sure fire way to drill your reactions. watch like a student. Watch how the boxers react to each other and pick out the places where they are using their opponent's movements to launch their own counters or their own offensives. you get hit with all three punches. as you do. Home ¾ Boxing Tip #4: Blocking Posted on January 18. As a last note. you will not be able to block every punch coming at you. Blocking punches from a strong puncher will wear you down. that the more punches they throw. How to Practice Sucking Force First thing you need to do is completely visualize what is happening. Presumably they are not stupid and want to throw some type of combination knowing. if you block any of them. Luckily.
If your opponent is weak. Angle your arms and body to deflect rather than absorb. You don't have to get hit in the face to feel the pain of a punch. Incorporate movement into the block. When your hands cut the water. By moving in the same direction as the punch. you are not going to block much of anything. you cause him to react which requires thinking. let me clarify.. if you decide to block all three shots and simply cover up. In those instances when blocking is your only option here are some tips for making the blocks more effective and less taxing: 1. Sometimes the punches will be coming in so fast that you have no choice but to block. will let you know how much you have to brace for impact. Subsequently. Picture a spring. followed by the right which you may or may not absorb without hitting yourself in the face. If you were to punch a spring it would absorb a lot of your power. This all seems very confusing. which hopefully you managed to bring your elbow up to block as well. But you can't win without offense. It may also throw your opponent off balance. Gauge the power of your opponent. Kind of like a shock absorber. For instance. if you had blocked the jab and then moved to the outside as the straight right comes in.launch your own offensive. Understanding how hard your opponent is hitting. not a defender. the disruption will give you an opening. The jab comes at you. you are not disrupting anything. The energy from the punch still has to go somewhere. you put up your guard and absorb it. 2. they are going to feel a lot better. blocking with your gloves touching your face may not be a . You want to be an attacker. you expended energy blocking and are no better off than when you started other than decreasing the amount of damage those punches did to you -. you are in a position to cause some damage of your own. Never try and act like a brick wall (unless you are trying to send your opponent a message). You disrupt your opponent's planned course of action. and doesn't seem to have much to do with blocking. if you brace up tight with your gloves actually touching your chin and face and take a punch from a strong opponent. Not only have you disrupted your opponent's combination. but you should strive to block and move and always be cognizant of the opening. Picture yourself belly flopping into the water vs diving into water. it gives you a better indication of how to position your arms in front of your vital spots to absorb the punches. 3. In the example above. In the end.hopefully. If your forearms are positioned so the punches glance off them rather than connect full on. Your forearms will notice them too. Depending on how skilled they are. Actually it does. You will effectively be punching yourself in the head. your arms should be a little ways away from your face so you can absorb the power of the punch. but you used your energy more wisely changing your situation to regain the initiative. you act like a shock absorber and some of the punch's energy will be absorbed by the movement. followed by the left hook. entry is a lot easier. In this case.. Now.
Shakira knew it. These are unique to your opponent. expect an attack from that side.Learn to Read the Signs Posted on January 18. That is. Universal tells. It's hard to describe but you will almost get a feeling of impending doom. 2. Experienced boxers will check this habit delivering crisp punches straight out without a lot of shoulder movement. Everyone has tells. torso. block and move. The harder the punch. after enough practice. block and counter punch. Watch the twitch in the shoulders. they will generally load up. That sense is your subconcious analyzing the fight to that moment and hypothesizing or predicting probable outcomes of subtle movements. You need to figure out how hard your opponent can hit. It is a sign of loading . There are two types of tells: 1. and boxers know it too. especially if your opponent is new to the sport. 2. 3. The same thing happens in boxing. The hips don't lie. Watch for the load. to the punching arm. you can flip to the back to spoil the ending. This could be anything from a more firm stance on the ground. 2010 by Aaron When you can read your opponent like an open book. Much in the same way you can read the hips. but when your opponent is about to throw a punch. This is a bit harder to do. Block and do something. Block and slip. . if a shoulder begins to move. hip movement. you have to learn to read your opponent to know when they are bluffing. the bigger the load as he positions himself to shift weight into the attack. How to Read the Universal Signs 1. For instance. something is coming from that side. If a hip begins to rotate towards you. This is usually done in the first or second round of the fight (feeling out round). To be a successful poker player. bend in the knees. Beware though. These are based on physiology. They are habits they have developed over time which have either gone unnoticed or unchecked. Stop looking your opponent in the eyes and start looking at his center of mass and how it shifts. shoulder movement or whatever. Inexperienced boxers will lead with their shoulders. you will almost be able to sense an attack coming. Boxing Tip #5 . the hips have to rotate a certain way to throw a certain punch. one man's tell is another man's deception.bringing power up through the legs.problem at all. Idiosyncratic tells. What is happening is that he is getting ready to throw a punch.
Time on recce is time seldom wasted. Remaining relaxed and observant will serve you well. or aid you in victory.4. This will allow you to make a concious decision to hide them. Generally speaking as experience level goes up. "hey intercept this". the amount of trust you can put in where your opponent is looking goes down. You can actually see what your opponent is seeing. If I'm going to pass to someone. 3. for obvious reasons look at their target before hitting. It's like hockey. should I look at them basically telling the other team. your mind will instantly pick out the tells whether you are conciously looking for them or not. Your mind is an incredible pattern recognizing machine. Get video of past fights or go watch him or her in training (if you can. It may take a few rounds. This is one reason shadowboxing in front of a mirror is so important. The key is to be aware so that you pick them out sooner than later. Make your opponent tell you what they are. he will very often show you exactly how he is going to react to your advances. and look for this tell in your opponents. What kinds of signs have your opponent's shown you? . Just remember. Look at his history.. Beginners. if you are looking for your opponent's tells. throw a good jab at his face and watch what he does. You have to be relaxed when you box. How to Read the Idiosyncratic (Personality Driven) Signs 1.) Get a friend to go watch -. 2. No. So. spy. Tensing up in an effort to jab speedily will only forecast what you are about to do.Yes. 5. Related to point 3. As well. Common predictors include: y y y y y y y y movements twitches glances rhythmic footwork (patterns) funny steps deep breaths eye movements breathing movements Pretty much anything can be a tell and it is in your best interest to find them early and exploit them fully. This depends on your opponent. Let your inner mind do the work. but soon enough you will know what the predictors are. do your homework. Especially early in the fight. You may have heard the term "feeling out" round. Practice jabbing from a relaxed state. Throw something at him and watch closely. Watch for tension. but an opponent who suddenly tenses is likely to attack or move. Both opponents are seeing how each other react. I look at someone to draw attention away from where I am really looking to hit. he is probably looking for yours.. Easier to do in the pros because fights are taped. but if you are scheduled to fight someone. a good trainer will be watching for your patterns and predictors so he can at least alert you to them. Over time. Beware of the eyes. but the eyes can really mess up your boxing match.
step. stolen air. and a lot of other places. Move. but always keep your eyes on your opponent. when we come under enemy fire. if you box you get hit. Everyone deals with it differently and you will discover your own reaction seconds after your first one. weave. you have to learn to deal with the initial pain and the secondary effects ± the blood. the enemy doesn¶t know where you will pop back up. Why? Because by rolling. They won¶t.How to Deal with Getting Hit Posted on January 18. and I¶ll show you how. Bob. what can you do to prepare yourself? David Haye v Ismail AbdoulEBU (European) Cruiserweight Title (Loura) The top three things to remember before the hit: 1. If I throw a jab. You are going to get hit hard ± in the face. In the army. Never close them and hope your opponent is going to get tired and go away. cuts. we hit the ground and roll.Boxing Tip #6 . concussions. 2. It can be done though. If you come up where . You are kidding yourself if you think you are going to go head to head with someone and defend every punch. 2010 by Aaron Like it or not. gut. Bring up your guard and do your best to avoid the onslaught. eep your eyes open at all times and never turn your back. and your brain attacking you. Yeah. it sucks! But. broken bones. duck or do something to make your opponent guess where his target is going to be and hopefully miss any follow up. You can¶t fight back if you have no idea what is going on. If you do get hit don¶t put your head or body back where it got slammed in the first place. if you plan on being a decent boxer. Now that we¶ve established that you are going to get nailed repeatedly and you are OK with that. I¶m expecting my opponent¶s head to whip back and then come straight back towards me.
Drill it. Some boxing drills to prepare you for the eventuality of getting hit: 1. slip allowing it to brush by. You will have incredible reaction time as your reflexes develop. Even better is that with enough practice. This is as simple as tying a small bag to a string. That is when you know you have control of your flinch. Problem is. That is your body¶s natural way of defending itself and it usually works pretty good. Have a partner throw things at you (preferably soft things). keep your eyes open so you can see what is going on. Control your instinct to flinch. If you flinch for no reason. If I walk up to you and pretend to smack you in the face. Hit it and let it come swinging back at your face. 3. You will remain steady and focused. You can¶t react to what you can¶t see. After a while though. you will be unphased by punches whizzing by your head. At the last possible second. maybe move your head. You are going to shut your eyes. If you have a strong shield of abdominals. When you duck. Keep your eyes open. whip medicine balls at each other¶s abs and allow them to hit you. When you drill it enough. you are going to respond. You are not allowed to throw anything back so your partner knows he is good to go to unleash on you without fear of reprisal. you are sticking your head in your enemy¶s sights. All he has to do is pull the trigger. guard up. Build muscle. (See Tyson training). Or. stay relaxed and allow the close misses. It¶s just such a foreign concept for most people to get hit in the face that when it happens it¶s like WOW. This is a defensive drill where you attempt to block and slip while your partner wails on you. Especially true for body shots. things will slow right down and you will feel like you are in the matrix. at all costs. Spar and put yourself on the receiving end. How do you control your flinching? Get used to things coming at you hard and fast. No matter what. you want the hook to blow air through your hair. it¶s nothing more than a nuisance (for the most part). lay on the floor and throw a ball into . 2. In boxing you want to make small controlled movements that expend minimal energy. Practice moving at the last possible second. With a partner. it is easily tricked. Hang a slip bag. move and regroup. 3. They really don¶t hurt as much as you perceive them to in the first place. but you must overcome it. When you do get hit. If it is more than a millimetre away from you. it is too far. When you slip a jab you want it to just barely miss you. or bring your hands up to protect you. Allow close misses. the effects of body shots are going to be diminished. Go all ³matrixy´ and actually see the bullets coming at you.you went down in the first place. Get in position and repeat. you set yourself up to actually get hit. Use angles and movement to keep from getting hit. to deal with the flinch: y y y eep your eyes open. You are going to be surprised that over time you will notice fewer and fewer of the hits. It¶s natural. 4. So.
recovering. (you may want to wear a full face headgear) You have to get used to getting hit.The Pendulum Step Posted on January 18. but also an attack. 5. but can be very effective at delivering a very powerful jab that will completely catch your opponent off guard. 6. but generally. It also utilizes momentum from both yourself and your opponent which magnifies the striking power of the jab. The key is getting accustomed to your own reaction (generally fear) and dealing with it effectively. get hit. The pendulum step I'm referring to here includes not only the pendulum movement. . You¶ll quickly learn when the best time to tense the muscles is. You¶ll never be 100% ready for a hit. but you can condition yourself to deal with it better than turtling and crying like a baby. Home ¾ Boxing Tip #7 . Sometimes it hurts and is going to break things or cut you. Double end bag training is great. The hops are small and controlled basically putting your head in range and then pulling it out of range just as quick. and getting ready for the next one. It uses a lot of energy to maintain.forward and back. your opponent can knock you flat out simply because you have no contact with the floor. The pain lets you know you are still in the game. If you don¶t. hits are relatively harmless. you are bouncing back and forth from toe to toe almost like you are skipping. Timed right. Sound intriguing? What is the Pendulum Step? If you've watched Muhammed Ali box you'll have a pretty good idea how this works. I¶m not talking full power. As you are actually lifting your weight off the mat. 2010 by Aaron The pendulum step is a more advanced footwork and timing concept that should be used sparingly. That little sucker tends to want to hit you in the face all on its own and is incredibly effective for developing slipping skills and reflexes.the air and allow it to land on your gut. but let someone with gloves on hit you in the face and in the stomach. the first time it happens will leave you standing in the middle of the tracks waiting for the locomotive to mow you down. At the same time. this is also a dangerous move. forward and back. Basically. Not a lot different than the typical boxing stance except there is constant movement in a pendulum motion . In a controlled manner. Getting hit is not as bad as it seems. the momentum you build up gives you the ability to change directions in a split second and transition into various combinations at will.
When you land. your forward momentum. You can also try throwing other kinds of punches. If you plan on moving like this for the entire round. Timed right. When you see it coming you have to immediately push back with your front foot to step out of range of the jab . you can still practice this. Once you have that. How to Practice the Pendulum Step 1. you will follow your opponent's jab back striking your opponent with the force of your jab. As mentioned above. someone keen on . The constant forward and back is rythmic and can easily be timed. Have your partner throw continuous jabs and get the feel for evading them backwards in time with your hops and then moving forward as your partner draws his jab back.as soon as you've cleared the range of the jab. The jab is most effective because you can shoot it out extremely quickly and you are well aligned to do so. slam your back foot down propelling yourself forward with a counter jab of your own. but this time throw a jab on the return trying to beat your opponent's jab back to the guard. and the forward momentum of your opponent. go for the attack. Give the bag a push and then get moving in the pendulum motion in time with the bag. but a quick hook or uppercut could also be effective (or a hybrid of both). Practice as before. The result will completely stun your opponent and regain you the initiative. The quicker you can catch the bag with your jab as it is moving back the better you are getting. Doing this at some point will entice your opponent to attack and throw a jab. you can increase the level of difficulty by bringing angles into the equation. With a partner: Start slow and get the timing right. Some Tips This step is all about timing and conditioning yourself to decrease your reaction times. Get into the pendulum step hopping forward and back in front of your partner. What to Avoid The pendulum step wastes a lot of energy.backwards in a straight line. Along with timing.forward to back which puts your head in and out of range. When you do the evade. hop back and to a side. This will give you an even clearer shot at your opponent on the counter attack. so ensure you switch up the rhythm. then ensure your conditioning can take it.How to Do the Pendulum Step The pendulum step is a lure. When the basic pendulum step starts to become second nature. 2. Without a partner: If all you've got is a heavy bag. propel forward with a jab of your own catching the bag as it is moving away from you (simulates the withdraw of the jab). You will lure your opponent into throwing a jab which you will promptly return with something a lot more powerful. you are hopping in a controlled manner from front foot to back foot . You're not done though -. It's shock action at its best. This will help develop your reflexes in addition to increasing your level of agility in terms of your footwork. Picture a jab coming at you as the bag moves toward you and take a slightly bigger hop back (that simulates evading the jab).
inability to catch breath and knockdowns. while not immediately obvious or as satisfying. 3. is a sure route to victory. Boxing Tip #8 . shaky legs. As such. but body shots tend to be an accumulative effect. Highlight reels are full of head shots that send boxers sprawling across the canvas while a well placed body shot simply crumples them to the mat. To develop a complete offensive game. you likely will not see or hear much progress being made. For that reason. 2010 by Aaron Destroy the body and the head will die.buckling over. They build up over time to win the fight for you. There are ways to figure out if your body punches are being effective though: 1. Far too often boxers will focus primarily on the head as their main target area and neglect throwing body punches. . Whenyou are assaulting your opponent's body. 2. like all boxing. You'll begin to notice slowness both in punches and movement. you have to learn how to effectively throw body shots and body punches. they don't make the ESPN recap.what you are doing can do the same thing to you by faking the jab out and then catching you hard as you come screaming in. You may hear the occasional grunt or groan. ensure your strategy is sound and you have an idea of the level of boxer you are dealing with. Eventually. Hurting the body. How do you know your body punches are effective? A knockout from a blow to the body happens occasionally. Obviously this will work better with someone who is not expecting it. but it is far from the norm. obvious signs of distress will appear. This is a mistake.Effective Body Punches Posted on January 18. Your opponent will start breathing heavy.
Body punching is something you will require a lot of practice with to get good at. It is a means of getting him to commit to something. to lessen the danger. So.Where to punch the body. you completely expose your head and against and orthodox fighter. getting in close enough to throw your punch without getting clocked in the head is always a challenge. It is meant to set something else up and you really should only use it against a hesitant boxer -. that the body is generally well protected by the elbows and arms . . This will take some getting used to. but with practice your balance will develop and you will be able to get a little power behind it. ribs (marked by arrow in picture). you can be sure he will come over your jab and nail you with a straight right. If you were to crouch straight down and throw a jab to your opponent's body. hipbone. This is a jab remember. you bend at the waist perpendicular to your opponent while simultaneously bringing your right hand up to protect the left side of your chin and throw the jab out at your opponent and then recover just as quickly.one who isn't initiating any attacks. it is not meant to knock out your opponent. Throwing a Jab to the Body. You want to aim at your opponent's sternum. Hitting one of these prime targets can disable your opponent instantly or at least knock the wind completely out of him which will set you up for a finishing blow. It is all one fluid motion with a step toward your opponent. but the target can fluctuate depending on how his body is protected. In some places . while in other places there is little .pelvic bone.the body has bones and muscles that offer it a lot of protection. Precision is the name of the game for the body.at least in experienced boxers. Problem is. While you can deliver powerful body punches. Plus. under pectorals.sternum (marked as X in picture). Throwing a Straight Right to the body. The jab to the body is the only punch that you will actually bend over at the waist to deliver. you will see more effect by placing well targeted punches. abs .
This will let your knees bend in a more natural way and prevent injury. Be careful on the recover. You will want to practice dropping out of sight very quickly. As I mentioned before. Body shots. The punch itself is thrown just like a regular straight right. It will place you in a good position to land a precisely placed punch either directly to the ribs or upwards underneath your opponent's right pectoral. If you've ever had the wind knocked out of you. like the straight right. unprotected rib/pec region and he is going to feel it. You need excellent stamina in your legs and quadriceps that can handle this. People. You transfer the weight from the back to the front while snapping your arm out and back in a straight line from your chin. Maintain your stance with your feet turned out at 45 degrees. worry less about power in your body punches and more about precision. Try practicing throwing two left hooks to the body followed by a straight right to the body or . If it is 90 degrees to the way you are facing (turned too far outwards) you run the risk of tearing ligaments in your knee. Try moving as you come back up as it is pretty easy otherwise for your opponent to time a punch to where your head should come back up in a moment.about two inches below the center of the chest where the rib cage comes together. The left hook. hate to crouch as it places a lot of stress on the legs. You are aiming for the sternum . then try looping around instead of throwing it straight out. you'll know why. It is highly likely there will be an elbow in front of your intended target. It takes energy to crouch and then come back up (which is why strength training such as squats is very important). and not only boxers. Deliver enough powerful little blows to the right spots and the fight will turn in your favour. especially if you slip and your knees buckle. This will move your head out of his target range of vision . Hit too low and you'll nail his hipbone/pelvic bone which is hard and will not do too much damage. as most punches. To do so. A combination of the two works well as well. should always be thrown as the start of combinations. throwing. to the body is simply a crouching followed by a throw. If your straight right is going to end up hitting an arm. and then recovering. Place your punch in the fleshy. However. To deliver. you have to get in close enough to land your punch.at least temporarily. Tips and Tricks y y y y In both of the crouching punches (straight right and left hook) watch the positioning of your rear foot.This and the left hook are identical to the shots to the head except that you crouch straight down and then deliver a well placed punch to your target area. At all times be aware of how you expose your head and try to compensate either by blocking with the hand not throwing or by movement. crouch down so that your head is about the height of your opponent's sternum. take a small step to the right side of your opponent and then drop down. Throwing a Left Hook to the Body.
Some of you will understand this feeling. Don't neglect them . No matter how bad off you are. multiply him by a thousand and then put him in the opposite corner from you. You can literally psych yourself out of a victory. scariest. Last. They are the biggest factor in effective body punching. entering the final round of a bout.com about Boxing with a Poker Face: Quote: A boxer must also conceal emotions throughout the competition. You have to be able to crouch down repeatedly and not lose leg strength. Work it hard. Picture him standing. For example. lunges. The idea behind the poker face is to present a specific image to your opponent. You notice your opponent weakening and it actually makes you stronger. Boxing Tip #9: Boxing Your Worst Opponent Posted on January 18. Ross Enamait wrote an article over at rossboxing.y mix it up and throw a body shot followed by a head shot followed by a body shot. and by letting on to how tired you are. you can actually strengthen your opponent. Your arms may feel heavy. How to Maintain Focus through Fatigue . If he is hurt or fatigued. the worst opponent will never be the one sitting across the ring from you. Never think of it as a one punch deal. One can always find solace in the discomfort of others. there is a good chance that both you and your opponent are battling with fatigue. you can feed on that. fastest. he must mask these feelings from his opponent. calf raises. The worst one will by yourself by a longshot. every breath causing every muscle to bulge and twitch with eager anticipation of what he is about to do to you. if someone is worse off.. Is he also tired? Is he breathing heavy? What can you read from his body language? A fight can be won or lost based completely in your mind. running. most ripped. It is during these times that you will look to identify a weakness within your opponent. condition your legs. Scare you? Raise your level of anxiety just a little bit? Well. super aggressive fighter you can think of. and plyometrics should all be effectively used to condition your legs. Squats.. guess what? No matter who you fight. Picture him sitting on that stool coldly staring at you. 2010 by Aaron Someday you'll find yourself boxing the worst opponent of all.and don't neglect your opponent's body. penetrating your very soul. Picture the biggest. the legs unsteady.
Boxing a taller opponent has some unique challenges. What does that mean for you and how do you deal with it? 1. weak little punches and letting your guard down. are conditioned up the wahoo and are literally in your prime. You can be so completely wiped out and dreading the sound of the next bell. Make him play your game. You show weakness and it will be exploited. You portray invincibility and you will weaken your opponent without even hitting him. Longer arms means you are in his striking area before he is in yours. Home ¾ Boxing Tip #10: Boxing a Taller Fighter Posted on January 18.STAY THERE. you have to be aware of your image at all times in the fight. You will respond in a fight the way you have drilled your body. you are only going to fuel your opponent. You should be looking at your opponent and watching for his level of energy and carefully monitoring the signals you are sending out. then you have no choice but to go to him. 2010 by Aaron Unless you are the tall opponent. stop huffing and puffing and complaining. Bring the fight to him. Even when you know everything. 3. but tall fighters can get used to standing back and picking off their opponents from the outside simply because they can. Give your trainer 100% Now is the time to get it right. Stop throwing pathetic. and a target area that is not where you are used to hitting. Once you do get inside . and grunting. condense everything and stay as close to the body of your opponent as you possibly can. so when you are in the ring your opponent will be staring at you coming to the realization that he is up against an invincible force. longer legs. then eventually you are going to find yourself matched up with someone you literally have to look up to. taking breaks. That means you are going to have to thwart his initial attack to get inside. Chances are he knows this too. When it is painfully obvious that he is not going to play your game and you actually want to fight. It doesn't hurt to put your forehead on his chest to gauge the distance and then punish his body with short. whimpering. make him come to you. So make sure you drill it right. You have to practice hiding how you are really feeling. Inevitably you are going to take a few shots every time you attempt to get inside and possibly when you get back out again. if your head isn't on straight you can lose before stepping into the ring. when you are in the gym. train how you will fight. and that happens by being aware of yourself during practices. You will never find anyone who can outbox you more than yourself. In order to do this.In simple terms. So right now. it is all about conditioning. but if you let on that you are tired. Inside fighting is an artform of its own. An opponent who is taller than you will usually have a significant reach advantage. Once you are there. So. . If at all possible. Stop sitting down. I don't want to generalize too much. And that means not showing weakness in the gym or even when you are by yourself. 2.
explode into him.especially against anyone who knows what to do with you when you do get there. push him back. Do not hesitantly walk towards him -. 2010 by Aaron . Ducking and bobbing . blocking. It is absolutely necessary that when you do decide to go to the taller opponent that you do it with authority and decisiveness. All forms of defense against the jab .do not expose any vital areas. To get a good visual of what you need to do. Boxing Tip #11: Clinching Posted on January 18. Do not go in on a straight line.but become a master at catching. Drill it into your nervous system so when your eyes see the punch. but rather duck. Keep working and when you can't work anymore. You will have to figure out a way to use his jab in your attack.hooks and uppercuts that are short. take a look at this fight between Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes. Work the plyometrics and practice any type of explosive leg movement such as jumping squats. cover up but do not let the distance grow. corner him and punish him. He lets Tyson come to him (which works with Tyson's style anyways). Best way to practice is to put your head on the heavy bag with a slight pressure as if you were pushing your opponent backwards with your forehead and then unload. weave and whatever else you can do to give him the fastest moving target he has ever seen. Picture the tall guy throwing a jab and how you would counter it and move in. bounding. 3. Picture him throwing a right cross and how you would duck. Leg work. Body work . 2. you will get a good idea of the kind of explosion required to get inside and the work it is going to take to stay there . Specific Drills to Practice to Prepare you for the Taller Opponent 1. Clinch if you have to. You will see how Holmes defends against this by tying up Tyson and basically trying to nullify Tyson's ability to punch once he defeats Holmes' outer guard.controlled combinations.especially moving forward. sidestep and arrive at your destination. Practice a strategy for dealing with each type of punch so you have a plan ready to go for each situation. You need explosive power in your legs in order to get in and out. Each one must be delivered from within. your body reacts. Your guard has to be super tight . burpees. 4. If you aren't unloading. At any rate. or parrying the jab as you move forward. controlled and fierce. Picture a hook and the bob and weave you do to make it miss its intended target and position you where you need to be. Consider it punch number one of your combination. Inside you are relatively safe against a taller opponent because you use the length of his arms against him. Holmes has a decent height advantage over Tyson and you will quickly notice how Holmes attempts to pick Tyson off with jabs from the outside. either clinch or explode out of danger. half crouch heavy bag sessions and so on. Tyson explodes inside Holmes' range at every opportunity and attempts to stay there to unleash a few combinations.
but it can't make you a winner How to Clinch Like I mentioned above. you will want to put your head on his shoulder. However.much like giving him a big bear hug that effectively prevents him from lifting his arms and punching. hold him in tight and put as much weight as you can on him. To someone who doesn't know any better. it does give you the chance to break your opponent's momentum and stop him from hitting you for a few seconds. move towards your opponent with your guard high and elbows close together. but you can prolong it by looking busy in the clinch. Clinching in a boxing match is never allowed for long. the referee may not break it up. and how to get out of a clinch. In boxing. This serves two purposes . if you want to become a competitive boxer. Get one arm free and slam it into his liver and side as he clinches you. Basically you want to capture both of his arms under yours . However. but if you are facing an opponent that likes to tie you up. what to do in a clinch. Don't think you are going to be able to do this for long. when to clinch. it makes him work harder. how to clinch. Conciously rest and control your energy output and breathing. and that is when they are already tired. you have to understand clinching. Most boxers use it at a time when they can't afford to. but one that really shouldn't be used if possible. How to keep the referee from breaking your clinch. but it can be enough of a break if you are getting pummelled and need to stop the onslaught. Keep his lead leg between your legs and then use his movement to balance yourself. Quote: the clinch can keep you from losing. Shoot your arms forward hooking both arms of your opponent just above the elbows and immediately pull him in close -. If one of the boxers has an arm free and is fighting. To get into a clinch. to clinch you need to capture both of your opponent's arms under yours. In addition. Clinching is a defensive technique. Why do boxers clinch? The biggest reason boxers clinch is because they are tired. it becomes downright annoying because it breaks up the action of two people swinging at each other.rub sweat. then feed it to him. (this reason alone is a good one to do this sparingly :) Then lean on him and do not let him open the distance. you can't tie up your opponent and the referee will break you apart. What is the goal of the clinch in boxing? The goal of clinching in boxing is to tie up your opponent. This takes a tremendous amount of energy and nullifies the short rest break you are attempting to achieve in the clinch. Occasionally push .You've seen boxers clinch in every fight.first. it gives you a bit of rest and second. Tying yourself up in a clinch will expend a lot more effort and energy than it would to simply punch and move.
but at any rate. beware if you are using the clinch because you are tired. The first one to free his arms in the clinch can easily land a punch on exit which can lead to a full fledged combination and suddenly one fighter has the initiative. then this is an excellent time to throw a left hook or straight right. If the referree didn't break you up.Bob . Boxing Tip #12 . Used at the right time though.Body Body . So. realize that this is boxing and cheap shots are plenty. How to safely exit a clinch. it is a good boxing technique to have available in your arsenal. then step back cleanly and don't attempt to cheat and get in a cheap shot. Notice around the 3rd minute how Hatton ties up Mayweather.Double Slip . quickly bring your hands in and give your opponent a strong decisive shove in the middle of his chest while simultaneously stepping back. It is a very obvious bear hug and you will also notice how the clinch can deteriorate into some vicious infighting. ensure you shove is sufficient enough to throw your opponent off balance for a moment. You may find it better to even use the shove as a starting point for a quick hop backwards. This effectively spins him away and you around. I like to practice the push and followed immediately by a left hook. There is a good chance that you will end up even more tired after it. so protect yourself at all times. Control it and push it across your chest and down at about 45 degrees as you step left and around your opponent.Hook . There are two methods of getting out of a boxing clinch: spin out or shove out. If a referree breaks you up. you can see a number of clinching highlights. A safer method of doing this is to leave your lead hand tying up your opponent's lead arm and using your rear hand to initiate the shove. you want to use your left hand/palm and grip your opponent's arm just above the elbow. Usually it is done on the lead hand. y y Spinning Out: Decide which side you are going to spin out on.back a bit and get a hook into the head. You can then guide your opponent's lead as you shove off ensuring a successful and safe exit from the clinch. the clinch gives you a clear shot of your opponent's kidneys and a rabbit punch or two is always available as well. You are trying to ensure he is not in position to throw a jab or other punch as you break the clinch. Shove Out: In the clinch. especially through the initial rounds up to round 8. if you are orthodox. but a warning shot can signal a clinchy opponent to back off. At the same time. The recent Mayweather-Hatton fight gives you plenty of examples of the clinch in action. I don't suggest you resort to illegal tactics. Getting out of a clinch can be dangerous because your arms are tied up and your guard is lowered. If you want to get illegal about it. So. If you can get through the first two minutes of this video (cheesy tribute introduction).
you can expect at least a three combination attack. your opponent has missed you (hopefully) and is fully extended and twisted slightly away from you trying to recover from his hook. Take advantage of it and hit with a left hook to the body. If you hit your opponent right. this time to the left and now stop this picture in your mind at the extreme left of your slip. he is going to twist back to his left which will open up the body on the right. That will likely drop his guard so follow up immediately with a left hook to the head. If you fight orthodox. Now in slow motion. Left Hook). so as he brings the left hook around to catch you as you recover from your slip.Right Hook to the Body and follow through with the weight transfer. squaring off in front of you. or maybe I was just open to understanding that day.Body . Like any good opponent. You are now in a position to inflict some damage and regain the initiative in the fight. Maybe it was the explanation at the time. Straight Right. bent slightly to the right (weight more over to the front right). The 1-2 will be followed by a 3. picture him throwing a jab at your head. You can use this technique when your opponent throws a 1-2-3 combination (Jab. . There's the body-body-hook portion of this boxing combination. but I hope I can do this justice and give you the same light bulb moment. Likely crouched. Think and visualize this. Ensure you keep low as you twist back to the left.Body . That's the double slip portion of the technique. His lead hand is coming towards you and you slip to the right (outside). 2010 by Aaron Sorry for the title of this boxing tip . How to Throw the Body-Body-Hook Right at this point. I have to take a moment and tell you that this technique opened my eyes and finally made me understand the whole concept of weight transfer. so nail it with everything you've got . Think of how you are positioned at this point. Picture an orthodox opponent also with his left foot forward. When to Use the Double Slip . Again you slip. There is a giant body target in front of you.Bob . alter your slip path and duck/bob over to the right as the hook flies harmlessly over your head. How to Practice the Double Slip-Bob-Body-Body-Hook Best way to perfect this technique is to break it into two parts and then combine them once you've perfected both.Posted on January 19. You immediately notice a straight right coming at you as your opponent's torso begins to twist. Once I worked through this combination a light bulb went on and I completely understood how one punch puts you in position for another.I couldn't think of a clever way to describe what I'm about to tell you in something that would make sense any other way.Hook. your left foot is forward.
Keep low and tight and slip at the last second. Let it. It also requires a degree of generalship (something I will describe in a later article. Throw the right hook to the body and notice how your weight naturally transfers over to the left.Slip. so logical to reason that he is going to try and put you there as well. slip. Prevention is the Best Medicine First and foremost. Once loaded. Snap. The timing for the whole action is Snap--------Snap.) . stay out of the corners. but you can just as easily visualize what is happening with a heavybag. throw it .learn to thwart the attack and end up in the perfect position to launch your offensive actions. 2. heavybag work becomes 200% more effective if you are visualizing it as an opponent. Let me know if you try this and tell me how it works out for you. it is an opponent complete with arms that throw punches at you. Ideally. you are going to find yourself back against the turnbuckle with no avenue of escape. So. Home ¾ Boxing Tip #13: Stuck in a Corner Posted on January 19. so keep crouched. the sooner you can develop those reactions required to evade those punches in the ring. If your opponent doesn't commit entirely to the 1-2-3 combination. If you don't let yourself get in the situation.but be fast enough to ensure he misses. then you don't have to deal with it. it's going to mess up your plans. Slip. It is not just a big padded leather bag. 2010 by Aaron Sooner or later you are going to find yourself trying to battle out of a corner. Be aware of where you are in relation to the corners and maneouvre to stay in the centre of the ring where you have 360 degrees of freedom (assuming you can punch through your opponent :)) Doing this will require agility and excellent footwork. start slow and have someone throw a 1-2-3 combination at you. A lot of this comes from your legs. control the fight. The sooner you picture that. You need to draw out the entire 1-2-3 combination in order to get yourself in position to fight back. bob. bob . Defensive Portion . The boxing ring has four of them and if your opponent controls the ring. you want to practice this with someone who can throw a 1-2-3 combination. Enjoy. slip. This is where you want your opponent.1.Snap and then throw another left hook to the head immediately afterwards. Follow through and let it load your left hook. As I'm sure I've mentioned (if I haven't I should have). Offensive Portion . So. so provide him the targets .Here's where the weight transfer is extremely important.
and on target you are going to have a tough time spinning him. The punches coming in . Not saying it will always happen that way. Your opponent is going to know that he has you in the corner and will take that opportunity to attack (or they should). Luckily. If he stays tight. You also want to lean forward .In the Corner by Michael (Mx5tx) Stuck in the Corner First and foremost.not backward. slipping. In effect the corner nullifies half of your opponent's ability . when your back hits the turnbuckle. or catching and also an opening which is going to require excellent timing and decisive action to utilize to turn the tides on your opponent.underneath the arm that just missed its target.punches coming in. At the same . With haymakers or looping rights and lefts. Immediately following the miss you have to step kind of towards and around your opponent . make sure you take advantage of the situation. so you can deal with them either blocking. you can actually change spots with your opponent -. If the situation is ever reversed. accurate. but there is a good chance of it. Hopefully your opponent will start throwing haymakers and getting sloppy. that opening will be quite obvious and you will have a substantial amount of time to react. What are you looking for? Two things . this is it. You need to be coiled and ready to step forward in a split second. What you want to achieve is to make the haymaker miss completely which will cause some weight transfer in your opponent.you are just going to have to deal with the best you can. Watching for your chance Your chance to turn the tide occurs when your opponent throws a punch that either overextends him or throws him off balance.putting him in the corner and you on the offensive. If you do this right. people tend to get excited when they corner someone and that excitement leads to a total disregard for technique.he can't move and has to rely on a strong defense and his wits to get out of it. if there was ever a time to keep your eyes open. do not panic. Second.
You will fail . accurate punches. It is one of many.and you will find him and you exactly where you want to be.stay tight and throw controlled. Now you're back to square one . helping him to spin as you step around him.Even partial success is better than the alternative . I might add. back against the turnbuckle and your opponent is throwing punches. You will partially succeed . stepping towards your opponent's left side at the same time. As you spin around him. That's not necessarily a bad thing. You see.don't let yourself get put in the corner again control the fight. I have to give you a little background . Your stance in the corner should see you leaning slightly forward. 1. Boxing Tip #14 .Jab Fake Posted on January 19. He will be off balance and the tap/shove you give him will send him backfirst into the turnbuckle. 2010 by Aaron Similar to the Jab Tap. Don't Panic. when I first started boxing. 2. giving him a slight tap/shove. In the beginning. You duck as the punch comes in. slipping. Enjoy.time. You will succeed .so bear with me. You effectively switch positions and then use that to your advantage -. but always maintain the forward leaning stance. you need to spin around your opponent. absorbing hits. Don't let him punch you back against the turnbuckle. There are three likely outcomes that will happen when you spin your opponent. I learned this technique the hard way . I tended to hold my hands just below eye level.. He easily came through my mixed stance type of defence . Your weight should be distributed more on your lead foot. Repeat until you succeed. You then unleash the fury. he is naturally going to try and realign (spin).but again. but my trainer had a hay day with it. but the principles are the same: You are in the corner. Being new to the sport. As the punch misses its target you find yourself under his armpit and basically grab him around the abdomen. An example Picture the following scenario. You are now in control .glove to face in the ring. .over and over again. finishing off with a quick tap/shove which pushes him into the corner. but you may also find your opponent isn't in the corner either. 3. and ducking as required. Your opponent begins to throw a looping right hand and you realize this is your chance.and you will find yourself still in the corner. I didn't have the skill or reflexes to be able to bring my hands up to block what seemed like lightning bolt jabs coming from my trainer.you will find yourself out of the corner..
okay. I'll hold my hands higher. hands held high.for a little while. I won't jab him. Back to the drawing board for me as I was pummeled repeatedly by left hooks the rest of the night. I have a strong core and figured I could take the punishment the few times that I couldn't get my elbows down to block a body shot. Now. getting a jab in there is pretty difficult.again . I'd be watching for that . if I can't block his jabs. adopting a much more peek a boo style of stance at the risk of exposing my body. My head was completely protected . If you were fighting me. he taught me a valuable tip . Once my trainer wisened up. if I made a move to block the hook. body more or less exposed. He faked the jab meaning I braced for impact from the front and somehow he managed to change his fake jab into a solid left hook that connected everytime. he just carried through with the jab which nailed me anyways. This actually worked -.I know my body was exposed and had a plan to adapt to a body assault. He only had to connect once to make subsequent hooks easier for himself. Connecting with the left hook Photo by mborowick Instead. I wisened up a bit and decided fine.Well.or so I thought.. I couldn't react fast enough to block it when I finally realized the jab wasn't actually going to impact. and it didn't take long.. Just the fact that he made it through my solid fortress of forearms made me question where his jab was going to actually go. I'll pretend to jab and then nail him with a left hook. forearms nearly directly in front of my face. If you think about my stance. eventually. you could easily go to my body. but because of my stance. my trainer said. over and over.the hard way. . My Demise. And that is what he did. I held my hands more at the level of my forehead and peeked through the opening between my forearms.
throw your jab. Speed is key here.causing him to flinch. lift your arms up in front of your face as if you were in a peek a boo stance. This lends perfectly to faking a punch. It is going to feel awkward.If you perfect this technique you will have a punch . With his arms held high. Read the boxing tip on feints for other ideas on making a believable fake.partly because of the position of his arms. If it is not believable. but it is still something you should strive to achieve. . Anything that happens behind them is partially obstructed from view. throwing something in a blind spot is more a matter of luck than skill. Your opponent has to believe a jab is coming at him and is going to impact. That way. but pull it back about a quarter of the way into it and loop it into a left hook that goes around your opponent's forearm and strikes the intended target. he will brace his forearms for impact (if he doesn't try slipping). it is much more difficult for him to react quickly .) When to use the Jab Fake This works best when your opponent is in a peek a boo stance. especially if you manage to do it behind one his blind spots. and you'll have less chance of landing the actual punch. you are going to buy yourself a little time to throw the actual punch. he won't.such as throwing your shoulder forward. If you don't know what I mean by a blind spot. but also because his vision is likely partly obstructed by his own arms and hands. Stopping the forward momentum is difficult and the more you can loop on the way back.hook or jab . So. in a high peek a book guard. If you can initiate a fake punch in your opponent's blind spots . sitting where you are. Granted. Practicing the Jab Fake You can practice this pretty much anywhere. To summarize.that will land 90% of the time (at least until your opponent figures out how to use his right as a block the same time he is using his left to block . The biggest thing to master is halting the forward momentum of your jab and re-routing that force into a left hook. Utilizing the Jab Fake You initiate a jab fake like you would any jab and you have to make it believable. Do this on a heavy bag and strive to achieve a solid left hook after you fake the jab. but with practice you can do it and even get your torso to throw a little extra force behind it. This is hard to do. Notice your arms. use the jab fake against someone who is squared off in front of you in a fairly upright position. Another way to aid in making your opponent commit to an incoming jab and brace is to give other cues . the more powerful the hook will be as you change the direction of the force.something for another tip in the future. with arms held high partially blocking their view.
Boxing Tip #15 . If you are reacting. Strike Hard. you can easily adapt this and do the exact same thing with a straight right. if you can find a partner willing. See if you can get him to believe in your fake jab and trick him into receiving your left hook.Then. Actually in combat. Proactivity is the remedy for reactivity. it isn't a stretch to do this from either side. Maybe it's because I'm right handed and have better control with my right. You always want to be one step ahead of your opponent. You are doing the exact same thing. make decisions about that event and then cause you to react to it. I've made it clear you cannot win without an offense. your brain has to process it. you get inside his OODA loop and preempt his attack. Back to the OODA loop. When you see something happening. reaction is bad.. These are the little cues people give off before they do something that basically tell you what they are going to do. we are going to look in depth at tells that forecast an opponent has decided to throw a jab so that you can pick up on them and preempt his attack with a jab of your own. At any rate. if you can launch your offensive before your opponent makes his next decision. Strike Fast. just to the other side.. It will give you a good idea of how much you need to pretend to commit the jab in order to give you the time required to land the hook. For this boxing tip. . I've actually had some good success with this and find it easier to alter the path of my right as opposed to my jab. Everyone has a decision cycle (also referred to as an OODA loop).Pre-Emption Posted on January 20. It is a mission verb used in combat to describe a situation where you attempt to launch an offensive effort before your opponent in order to seize and then maintain the initiative. A while ago I wrote about universal and idiosynchratic tells. Have him spar with you with hands held high. 2010 by Aaron To preempt someone is to forestall or prevent (something anticipated) by acting first. Fake throwing the fake right and instead turn it into a looping right hand (right hook). you are always in the defensive.Good Luck. but you need to beat him to the punch (literally). An Alternative . In boxing.Cross Fake Of note. reaction is bad. planning your next move while he is still reacting to the last one. so to be reactive means defeat. You know your opponent is planning something.
throwing it out quickly. he was going to tell me exactly when he was about to throw his jab. the lad was completely demoralized. It's about this time you begin to feel invulnerable. watch for the signs of an incoming punch.A Quick Story Preemption: Hit Before Getting Hit Photo by mx5tx Once you know what your opponent is going to throw. and his nose was quite sore where he got popped over and over again. Preempting the Jab To preempt anything you need to be quick. you need to know when your opponent is going to launch his attack. down. .in close. it causes shock and disbelief when you beat him to the punch. shoulder drops (in poor jabs). Read Your Opponent In order to preempt. Jabs are well suited for preemption because you can throw one from pretty much any situation . but I also disrupted his attack. For a jab: y y y weight shifts slightly to his front foot. I was completely inside his OODA loop and knew what he was going to do before he did. I remember sparring with a young guy and it was incredibly easy to see when he was going to throw a jab. You need your jab to flick out with force and intensity and 100% accuracy. Not only did I preempt his attack with an offense of my own.off balance. hips begin to rotate. cleanly. and so on. (another combat mission verb). He thought I possessed super speed to be able to beat his jab time and time again with a jab of my own. So first thing you need to do is practice your jab. up. Repeatedly. So. I would strike first knowing that over and over again. By the end of the sparring. Practice from odd angles . and far out. and with decisive force and then recovering to your guard just as quick. stepping back.
but a more effective way to increase your punching power and speed is to master the pivot principle. by the time yours makes it to him. you can see it in your opponent's face. Look for the Surprise A bonus feature . If you are right and he is throwing a punch. Obviously not a definitive list and it will vary from boxer to boxer. or ask a question. It's like your opponent just drops his hands and lets you hit him. but all of us forecast our intentions in some way. Have faith that you will hit first. You will be elated the first time you do this and you connect. What is the Pivot Principle? The pivot principle is one of the foundations of boxing.y y y elbow of the front arm begins to rotate up. just throw the punch. the quicker you can decide how the fight is going to go. His brain is engaged in deciding to throw a jab. Do you have any stories of pre-emption? Is there some tell you've noticed your sparring partners give before they launch? Leave a comment. Strike First As soon as you see any of these signs. he will be wide open. Do not think about it. Do you go to the gym and bulk up the triceps and biceps? Do you do speed drills on the heavy bag to get your arms moving faster? Do you pick up 3lb dumbells and shadowbox? You could do some of all of the above. 2010 by Aaron So you've started boxing and you're wondering how to add some power to your punches. Boxing Tip #16 . He will have no idea how you managed to throw a punch that quick. He won't be able to react to yours until his cycle has completed . or you see movement of the glove.look for the look of utter surprise in your opponent's face following your jab. No matter how big you are or powerful you think you are. Remember. The quicker you can pick up on your opponent's tells.so beat him to it and you win. . strike. he is caught up in his decision cycle and is oblivious to what is happening around him. you can only generate so much power and speed from moving your arms by themselves.Power in the Pivot Posted on January 20.
For beginner boxers. so you have to train your hips to twist. It is very helpful to do this in front of a mirror where you can see just how much your hips are pivoting. accelerate through your hips. stand on a line. How to Practice the Pivot Principle The pivot is all in the hips. out your arse and into the floor effectively anchoring the center of your body from moving side to side or front to back. Mastering the flow from your legs to the end of your punch will more drastically improve your punching prowess than anything else you can do. get the technique right. and then work some speed into the equation. Remember the punch isn't done until your chin is tucked into your shoulder. Pivot Principle Photo by hmmlargeart Imagine A Rod. Throw alternating punches straight out to the front. down your spine.. both feet facing forward. Allow your leg to turn slightly. but focus on getting a full flex across your hips. It will take practice. That rod is your axis and you pivot around that rod.To really generate power and speed. twisting your hips in the same direction as your punch. but you need to be able to launch your punch at the right point in the pivot to maximize the force. Pivot Principle Tips . In your boxer's stance. imagine a steel rod that goes down through the top of your head. knees bent and hands up in guard position.. Coordination and timing are the other factors in play here. it has to come up from the floor through your legs. Start slow. The torque you manage to generate around that pivot point is what is going to give you all your power. out your shoulder to the end of your fist.
A lot of you are training without a partner or trainer. Turns out there is no evidence supporting that. 2010 by Aaron Hopefully you've learned how to correctly position your head and arms by now from the boxing basics lesson on the site. but your chin will eventually rise up and stick right out there. shooting through your hips as you torque. read that before continuing here. So. with elbows in close to your sides and gloves up protecting your face. would tighten your hips making the pivot more difficult and less effective. but by then it may be too late. a lot of people believed that certain types of crunches (mostly those that have the feet anchored) were cause of stronger hip flexors and without proper maintenance. At one time. Boxing Tip #17 . That immediate feedback from your opponent is usually enough to remind you to put your arms and head back in position. you may be in danger of developing a bad habit instead. If you haven't. that once you start moving around.The more flexibility you have in your hip flexors. really visualize in your mind's eye the power beginning in your legs. what can you do to ensure your head and arms stay in the correct position without having someone watch you? . you may quickly forget everything you've learned about guard positioning You probably won't even notice it. So.Clamping Your Way to a Correct Guard Position Posted on January 20. but to rehash basically your chin is tucked into your lead arm shoulder. make sure you have hip flexibility exercises in your routine. flying up through your shoulder and exiting the end of your punch. Start doing this consistently. and both of these will beg your opponent to plant a nice juicy fist right where you're going to feel it. throwing punches. tucking your chin into your shoulder and keeping your elbows in nice and close. the easier it is going to be for you to twist around your pivot axis. your elbows will leave your sides. Seems simple enough right? It is simple if you're standing still conciously thinking about keeping your head down looking up through your eyebrows. Once you have the basic pivot down. and without a trainer there to remind you and ensure you develop the habit. letting your elbows drift away from their protective state and tilting your head up and even out. I'll bet though. and you'll be amazed at how hard you start hitting. so don't worry about what kind of abwork you do.
. but often you can't even find a good friend to smack you around.something that tells you immediately when you aren't in the correct guard position. etc.Meet the Tennis Ball Chin Position Pick up one tennis ball and insert it into the hollow of your neck and then hold it in place by tilting your chin down. you can train yourself to keep your elbows in by using your elbow to hold something .. thus offering some protection. For much smaller people. Now. from here. you may need to use a golf ball in order to get your head down far enough. Clamping the Chin in Proper Position . rag. between your elbow and bottom ribs. Here's a quick and simple method for ensuring you maintain the correct positioning while moving around and punching. Clamping to Keep Your Elbows in Position Elbow Position Similar to clamping a tennis ball between your neck and body. board. clamping it between your chin and neck. Pretty much anything works as long as it is long and flat.glove.You need a system of feedback . Doing this will help you develop the habit of keeping your chin down and into your body. perform your drills ensuring the ball stays in place.. That could be a friend who smacks you in the ribs or face when not protected.
clamp your right arm in place and then practice away . Positive Feedback Having the immediate feedback of the item you are clamping down on hitting the floor will initially cause you to conciously maintain the correct positioning. just clamp the left arm in place. While not perfect. to practice jabbing (orthodox) while maintaining correct positioning on your right arm.. slipping. or technical sparring. I wouldn't recommend sparring. For your elbows: Obviously you aren't going to be able to throw any punches or everything you're clamping down on is going to hit the floor.shadowboxing. it will become second nature and you'll develop the correct habit. Practice moving around and throwing your punches while keeping that ball in place. Then it's time to put it back in place.. ducking. This is where a sparring partner can come in handy. drilling in this way. clamping . you'll naturally adopt the correct head positioning.You can build on this as well to ensure your fist stays up beside your chin. Eventually. etc. Same goes for the right.) To Practice For the chin positioning: You can either shadowbox or hit the heavy bag while holding that ball under your chin. Instead. For instance. as you'll probably do some damage if you are forced to clamp down harder by an incoming shot than required. Have him throw some light shots to the body and practice twisting your torso with everything in position. practice moving around. heavy bag. by clamping a golf ball (or something smaller if you are much smaller) between your bicep and forearm (where your elbow naturally bends. After a while when things start feeling comfortable. Eventually. you can clamp down on items one side at a time and throw punches with the other arm. remove the ball and continue practicing until you notice your head lift. Punching in Position Alternatively. In all of your training without a trainer it is important to try and work some type of feedback system into your routine so you have a failsafe that will tell you when you are in danger of developing bad habits.
your heavybag . 2010 by Aaron Sometimes when you're boxing. then move back across no man's land. You should be leaning slightly into the bag as if you are keeping your opponent from pushing you back.Inside Boxing Drill Posted on January 20. Your hands are up and you are very tight protectively watching for hooks and uppercuts. and then find a way to enter again. The Aim The aim of this drill is to perform some type of entrance drill to close the distance to the bag and then stay there for the duration of the round. left combinations of all of the above both to the body and to the head If you stop punching and/or visualizing blocking. you have to perform an exit move. right.both left and right uppercuts . Here's a quick and easy drill you can do that will help you improve your inside boxing abilities.both left and right alternating hooks . this shoulder has to maintain contact with the bag. unless you are throwing a hook or uppercut with the lead hand. then you need to practice fighting inside. If you quit punching. Whatever your reason. For as long as you are inside. and then wait for an opportunity to come back inside. To Perform the Drill Start your round timer. and plant your lead shoulder against the heavybag. Often you don't have someone to spar with that likes you snuggling up close and pounding them in the ribs or launching vicious hooks to their head. When you visualize it. get outside. cross no man's land. What's a poor guy to do when he can't find someone willing to take a beating? Luckily. Boxing Tip #18 . Punches you should be concentrating on throwing are: y y y y short hooks . It's usually because you're boxing someone a lot taller than you or maybe you just like the close in game. .down can set you up for success in the long run.left. if you're going to fight inside. Continue this for the duration of the round. and begin moving around the heavybag. you can't stay inside. you want to get inside your opponent's reach and stay there. you have ole faithful . take a breather. The key is that you can only stay inside if you're throwing punches.hanging there just waiting for some attention. Now go clamp your balls and learn proper positioning.
You will use your opponent's offense (a Jab) to create an opening to cross the line. without getting hit and setting yourself up for success once you get there. Be on guard as he could unleash anything at this point. You are actually stepping towards the jab. You need speed to beat your opponent's jab both as it comes towards you and back. You slip and throw a counter. Approach your opponent and be within striking range.Jab Slip and Enter Posted on January 31. For southpaws it means your slipping left when facing your opponent. However. Push off your back leg and drive yourself into your opponent. Or. You need to slip towards your opponent at a 45 degree angle. while throwing a right uppercut (left uppercut for southpaws). Immediately as you slip. This is basically what you're trying to achieve. When the jab is thrown you want to slip to the outside.Mike Tyson vs Trevor Berbick This little piece of boxing history . it is not a normal linear slip.especially at the end of round 2 before the knockout. To Perform the Drill To do this drill. 2010 by Aaron As I talked about previously. It will also server to set you up for a more powerful punching combination of your own. crossing no man's land. alternatively.Mike Tyson vs Trevor Berbick for the heavyweight title notice how Tyson gets inside and throws tight hooks and uppercuts . you can remain out of range and wait for him to throw a jab to try and close the distance himself. For an orthodox opponent vs orthodox fighter that means you are slipping right when facing your opponent. . step forward which will basically make you slip more to the wanted 45 degree angle. as you step towards your opponent. but at an angle. The Aim To quickly get inside. This boxing technique is a boxing drill you can use to both close the distance and throw your opponent off guard so that you can close without getting hit and start inflicting some damage once you get there. Do you have any inside boxing drills you do to develop these skills? Boxing Tip #19 . but you're trying to invoke a jab. you should know how to slip to the outside. The uppercut is simply to throw him/her off guard so that any follow up combination they had planned for their jab is disrupted. you need to have available various strategies for closing the distance between you and your opponent. Don't go for a powerful uppercut at this point with a huge windup.
.his coach had setup a fight -. counter.the catch -. Jim loved boxing and would train up to 3 hours a day. until you are comfortable with the movement and applicable counter at faster and faster speeds. On returning home. Again. drink himself silly. slip. or leaving. there was a message waiting for him -. move and counter. but Jim wasn't there to workout. you can still practice this with a heavy bag and some good visualization. and eat whatever he wanted -. If you don't have a partner. Once inside. Eventually speed it up. perfect the technique and then speed up the movements. there was a boxer named Jim. Step through the drill noting your opponent's position and your own position as you get closer to him. You will now be in a position where you are close enough to strike as well as having landed an uppercut to setup a combination of your own. get out. Sure there is a fitness room. Jim knew he was good. Home ¾ Boxing Tip #20 . working hard on his conditioning and generally turning himself into a hell of a fighter. Start slow and have the opponent extend his arm into a jab position. Move around the bag. 2010 by Aaron Once upon a time. He was there to relax. With food everywhere. I recommend following with a left hook for orthodox fighters (right hook for southpaws. move. and was ready to get back in the gym. Imagine the jab coming out of the heavy bag. you should be delivering the uppercut just as your opponent has recovered his jab. in which case you need an exit strategy. do your damage and then decide if you are staying there. in which case you should practice some inside fighting drills. work on the timing by having your opponent throw a very slow jab to which you react. then get out. By the end of the vacation.a couple weeks cruising the Caribbean.Covering Up Is Hard To Do Posted on January 31. in shape. start slow. and decided to reward himself with a vacation -.it was in three days.If you time this right. slip. the most exercise you get is walking ten steps from bar to eatery to pool and back again. Once you understand the footwork and technique. enjoyed himself. Jim had thoroughly indulged himself. Be aware of your footwork and where you are stepping to correctly align yourself for an uppercut. Jim will be the first one to tell you that a cruise quickly turns into a battle of who can be the bigger slug.and he did just that. To Practice This Drill Best way to practice this drill is with an opponent.
To cover up. He just felt heavier. Not one to pass up a match though. Covering up is relatively easy and comes pretty naturally -. he called his coach back and said he'd take it. and as long as you keep an eye on what is going on. simply turn both fists 90 degrees inwards to present your forearms to your opponent. So What's My Point? No matter who you are and how much you train. So what happened to Jim when he got in the ring? It wasn't pretty. and incapable of putting on his regular fleet footed show. Push your hands tightly against your forehead. he eeked out a win. On those days. Because Jim knew what to do when he was out of breath. your gas tank is nowhere near full and you've got to conserve your energy. he was wishing he hadn't let himself "go" for the week. but it sure wasn't a pretty display of boxing.if he could withstand the beating. Out of breath right from the start. If you have any space between your gloves and your head. Tighten your abs causing you to lean slightly forward and drive your elbows into your body. he knew he would be in trouble. but if you're doing this right. your opponent is going to beat you like a heavy bag and it's going to . How to Cover Up Covering up doesn't take away your need to expend any energy as ideally you want to keep your head. doing his best to peak when he plans on stepping in the ring. he knew it was going to be a long fight -. and feet moving. they aren't going to be doing a lot of damage.ever see someone turtle? The hard part is remaining focused at the same time. using it when it counts. This last part is important. you'll find an opportunity to strike back. but it will give you a second or two to breath if required. Damn. You slow it down. There is light at the end of the tunnel for Jim though. At the same time. slower. you're going to be punching yourself in the face when your opponent hits your hands. Jim won that match because he knew how to cover up and choose the moments when his energy exertion was going to matter. you're going to have off days and there is a good chance those off days might coincide with a scheduled fight or sparring session. he'll tire himself out. When you only have a 1/4 tank of gas in your car and need to drive 400 miles. your opponent will be slamming you with punches. and use the gas when you need it. tired. If you just assume the position. you don't floor it and hope to coast on fumes.Ordinarily Jim wouldn't have blinked as he keeps himself in prime fighting condition all year long. The result. and not anywhere near his peak. arms. from a high peek a boo guard. Now here is where you need to remain focused and keep your hands and head moving. So. but this time. get the best efficiency you can.
Effective Movement While Covering Up But. Knowing how to cover up effectively gave him options.hurt -. You have to be aware and looking for the opportunity to strike and regain the initiative. This position as it is does nothing to protect you from hooks and you're still going to be feeling the impact of hard straights. knew his limitations at the moment and what he was capable of. Like I said though.eventually. That's what Jim did. He played a smart game. you'll end up deflecting a lot of punches and deflecting is a lot better than absorbing blocks. . and then adjusted his gameplan accordingly. covering up is no good if you don't remain focused on what is going on. sliding around your head from front to side and back. Plus chances of opponent connecting go way down when both head and hands are constantly moving messing up his target. if you keep your hands moving.
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