Boxing involves mostly punching and defense. It may not sound very complicated, but training to knock an opponent out requires complication and sweating off those muscles to a huge extent. Here are a few tips to help in training, improve your punch and develop your defense.
• While training the most important thing to remember is to drink lots of water. All that sweat that is getting dispensed from your body makes you dehydrated and you will not have the energy to workout. So, stay hydrated.
• Make friends and be humble. Do not hesitate to ask anyone for boxing tips. The more you know about another’s technique the more you learn about your weaknesses.
• Do not push yourself to the limit from day one. Start from the bottom and increase your capacity one day at a time. Make your training fun and worthwhile. Pushing yourself over the edge could make you quit quickly.
• Punch light and sharp! Make your workout more valuable by following these two simple rules. This will allow more bag time and you will also have the energy to do so. Putting a show by breaking a sweat and huffing and puffing will get you nowhere.
• Breathe! Most end up holding their breath! Remember to breathe out while punching. Looking at your opponent can be motivating in most angles. Do not look at the floor but watch how your opponent crumbles before your eyes.
• Keep hitting and punching no matter what. Let your opponent know that you are no quitter. A boxing speed bag can help while training to punch in a continuous manner. Use your whole body to your advantage. Throw your body at every punch, this way you do not sacrifice any form of power.
• Use Short hooks, short rights and short uppercuts combined with long jabs. You earn more time and strength.
• Keep calm and throw combo punches of both hard and light order. Always keep your opponent guessing, thinking and wondering what your next move might be.
• Utilize the opportunity to land your punches in every part of the body. Keeping his head at bay work on how to encounter the rest of his body.
• Practice 3 to 5 combos for each opponent. Trying out every combo can be a waste of time and energy.
• During training if you are out of breathe, calm down, inform your trainer and take a breather.
• Always remember, hands high, elbows low and head movement. You will find a lot of boxers moving all around the ring for no reason going off the fight. Focus on your opponent and attack at every given chance avoiding your opponent’s blows at the same time. Using boxing focus mitts can help during training.
• Also do not wait for your opponent to finish his punch, if you have a gap, take the chance even if it does not land.
• While in the ring, there’s no room for relaxation. Always focus, focus and focus. A small distraction could be the chance your opponent was waiting for.
• Above all, have fun. Make boxing a fun sport and make the most out of it while training. Be serious while training but do not make it boring.
by Tom Mooney