Beyond the 4 Punches of Boxing (diary entry)

odd punches16.02.19


The second lesson of the morning was the penultimate lesson of my two junior clients’ 10 hour course on Basic Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training worked on bringing everything together. We also spent some time on different jabs, the L-step, getting out of corners, drawing an attack, the overhand and body shots.


We went straight into working the 11 punch combination as a progressive warm-up. Starting with light movements, designed to promote coordination we then moved onto some restrictive training. This restrictive training involved pinning pads to the body with the elbows, allowing the hands to only perform the punches. This exercise helps to build both speed and better body movement. Punches all-too-often overly rely on their shoulders and elbows. This over reliance is what leads to the term “arm puncher”.  Such mistakes can telegraph techniques, reduce protection to the body, reduce speed and reduce power. By performing restrictive exercises such as the one outlined in this paragraph can almost immediately result in obvious improvements in all these areas once the restrictions are removed.


We then moved onto the focus mitts for some freestyle work. This led us into going through all the techniques covered over the previous lessons. We did some line work to check form on the different technique, breaking off periodically to train them in application. We revised the different types of jab (45 degree, power, up-jab, low jab, flicker jab and pawing jab) and cross, which led us into training the overhand punch. This particular technique was trained off a backward jab into a slip/jab into a v-step, where the overhand was thrown. We then moved onto lead hooks from different ranges, including the jabbing hook/straight hook. The lead uppercut was revised as was the jabbing uppercut. The liver shot was taught with feign to the right and then a v-step to the left before throwing it in combination with a cross. Jab/cross was also taught at the beginning of this combination. Moving onto the rear hand we covered using the high guard to shield and throw hooks, uppercuts and spleen shots. The spleen shot was also shown as a good technique to be used in the same set up as the overhand (back jab, slip/jab, v-step, spleen shot). We then looked at getting out of corners using the Cus D’Amato stance change into a lead hook to the body/lead uppercut combination.


We finished with 4 x 2 minute rounds of free sparring.


Photo from this video by SmB Boxing




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