Lead Hook Tactics In this blog I want to cover the tactics of the lead hook. We’ll discuss how to use footwork, movement and methods of throwing the hook to help you land it more successfully. Remember it’s not enough to just know these tactics, you need to integrate them into your training, until they become natural. To really focus on these skills, aim to dedicate one round per training session to practicing each of the following four sections. Using Fakes One of the most important elements in boxing is being unpredictable. Your opponent is always trying to work out what your next move will be and when. Fakes are critical in being able to disrupt the ability of your opponent to read you. In fact when you get them right, fakes can be used to control your opponent and open up opportunities. Fake the jab or cross – Faking straight shots can really help to bring the opponent’s guard away from side of their head. They may try to parry your shot or front cover, either way the side of their head/chin will open up easier. Fake the uppercut – Faking the uppercut can bring their guard down, opening
Shadow boxing can be pretty tough for beginners. Especially if you haven’t sparred or fought yet, because you won’t have a specific reference point for what to do. This normally means that beginners feel “stupid” when their coach tells them to shadow box. The other thing that can hold you back is mind-set. The ideal mind-set for shadow boxing is ‘alert aggressiveness’. For some beginners it’s not always easy to visualize yourself punching someone. If you’ve ever had a school-yard fight or street fight, then this can serve as a reference point for shadow boxing. It’ll help you to get into that fighting frame-of-mind. So let’s look at the steps you can take to get into that groove, so you can get loose and have more fun with your shadow boxing: Move The first thing you need to do, is start moving. Don’t even worry about punching yet, just get yourself moving and feeling nice and loose. I find the best way to do this is to imagine a hula-hoop laid flat on the floor in front of you. Start to move around it. Start to move closer and further away from the imaginary hoop. You’ll begin to feel comfortable
There are a lot of people who are on the fence when it comes to getting involved in boxing. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try it, but weren’t sure if it was for you? Or maybe you took a break from boxing and need a little boost to inspire you to get back into boxing? Here are my top ten reasons to start boxing. Boxing is a lot of fun To start with, there is a lot of cool gear. Then fun exercises like shadow boxing, hitting the heavy bag, double end bag, doing pad-work, working the speedbag and not mention sparring! Where else can you have fun hitting your buddies and still be friends afterwards? If you are looking for a hobby that you can get involved in and have a lot of fun at the same time, then boxing is a great option. You can choose your level of involvement This is one of my favourite reasons to start boxing. You don’t need to commit to a team or organisation to start boxing. You can simply start shadow boxing in your bedroom; this is the most basic level of participation. The next level of participation would be getting
In this blog, I want to cover some of the most common beginner mistakes and important things to consider as a beginner. Not all of these are simply mistakes, some of them are things to seriously consider if you want to improve your boxing. 1. Chin and Hand Position One of the most common mistakes that I see with beginners, is a poor guard. This normally means bad chin and hand position, especially with flared elbows. If you flare your elbows, then your punches will be delivered at an angle, meaning less power and more work for your shoulders. Also there’s a risk you’ll be punching with the smaller, weaker knuckles. Not only that, but you’ll broadcast your shots more. Finally by lifting (flaring) your elbows away from the body, you’re leaving yourself open to easy body shots. So try to get in the habit of ‘setting’ your guard when shadow boxing, sparring or hitting the bag. Setting your guard, simply means tucking your chin down, bringing your elbows in (so they rest on your body) and bringing your hands up so they protect your jaw. Related to this, is the mistake of rolling your punches. This is often due
Getting hit in the face is not a natural part of life for most human beings and is definitely something that will shock your system. In boxing, we face this painful aspect of the sport for the sake of other benefits i.e. supreme fitness, self-confidence, resiliance, personal conviction, respect from peers and inner peace against nagging thoughts of inadequacy. The best part about boxing is that the intensity of the sport does not require us to absorb punches to the face for long in order to receive a lifetime of benefit. Depending on what you are looking for, one year to three years of boxing can yeild a lifetime positive effects. Check out my video below on some practical ways to reduce your fear of getting hit, and as a result get more out of your boxing.
Here is one of my favourite partner drills to help you with seeing punches coming and to develop your defense and reaction. Feel free to create your own variations off of this template. You can always start with the jab, then get into two punch combos, and finally three or four punch combos.
In part 1, we looked at a few common sparring situations. Most notably, how to deal with sparring someone for the first time, and sparring a smaller, faster opponent. Depending on the overall situation (new gym, new boxer), you want to be ready for a few common scenarios that can play out. Sparring a more experienced person Sparring with someone better than you is often going to be intimidating, you might be afraid to let your hands go and open up. What you need to remember here, is that in the time you spend outside of the ring, you need to be constantly thinking about your boxing. Think about your go-to combos. You need to have about 4-5 different combos that are second nature to you. Make sure each of these combos look different enough, so that they create different reactions in your opponent. Then watch your opponent, and observe how they respond to each of these combos, so you can learn from what you see. If you are at a loss for combos you can start with my Precision Boxing Coach app or my Audio Combo Series. The main reason why people are often “gun-shy” with superior opponents, is
If you have your first fight coming up, or you’ve already had a fight and have another coming up. Then this blog will be useful as I discuss some of the key things that will help you in your fight preparation. Mental Preparation One of the key things for any fight, let alone your first or second fight, is mental preparation. This is honestly one of the most important things that is often overlooked. Most new fighters do loads of physical preparation, to ensure they can go the distance with their fitness, but not all of them look at the mental aspect of boxing. This is where you can give yourself the edge. There’s two main things to consider here: Staying calm and relaxed Your first fight is going to be nerve-racking, you’re going to be excited and nervous at the same time. Once the bell rings and that adrenaline kicks in, if you haven’t made the right mental preparations, then you will end up wasting energy and getting reckless. Learning to calm-down and relax in sparring and your fight preparation will help you to relax in the fight. Which will mean you’ll see more opportunities, use less energy, and
The Precision Boxing Coach app has been on the market for a few years now (Google Play), with it I’ve gotten some great feedback on updates along with new ideas to make it better. One big request is to have the option to create your own combos. This is no small task and requires an app in and of itself, so this year I’ve created that app. My new app Combat Coach allows you to create your own audio combos and have the app call them out. The Combat Coach and is now availabe for both iTunes and Google Play. I also wanted to kill two birds with one stone and offer something for MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing and grappling practitioners, so within the app are over 60 techniques including kicks, knees, clinches, takedowns and submissions. I’m not an expert in these arts, but I figured that an expert would find ways to work with the app and create drills and sequences. There are a number of ways to use this app, here are a few ideas below: 1. Create combos that focus heavily on something you want to improve upon, if you need work on head movement then build in
Awhile back, a client who had purchased my Audio Combination Punching series mentioned that I should create one that focuses on training defense. Essentially, the audio will call out combinations that your OPPONENT throws, and your job is to listen and visualize those combos coming at you while you work on defending them. It took me a bit of time to get around to it, but I have finally created a couple free sets for you to work with. Please read the instructions below on how to get the most out of this audio series. A couple things to note; in order to get around two sets of calls for orthodox vs southpaw, I have called the Straight Right or Straight Left the “Cross”. I know that this is not exactly the same as a Rear Straight, but it’s a quick call and allows you to visualize an orthodox or southpaw opponent when you want. So when you hear “Jab, Cross” you can picture either a jab and straight right, or a jab and straight left…your choice. Same goes for the ‘Overhand Right’, I have called it the ‘Overhand Punch’ so that you can visualize it as an overhand right