Uppercuts are devastating strikes that can often catch your opponent off guard due to the angle of the attack. It’s a close quarters weapon that will usually knock your opponent's head back and change the momentum of a fight. The trick is mastering both the rear and lead uppercuts and working them into your arsenal.
The rear hook is probably the strongest and hardest hitting punch one can possibly throw. It uses both distance and rotational energy to deliver a powerful blow. It can be combined with various hip, torso, and footwork movements to maximize leverage and delivery an even more ruthless strike.
The lead hook is an extremely useful and practical tool in a fighter's arsenal and should be included as one of your go-to techniques. While your straight punches give you distance and are the most practical for reaching your target along the fastest means (a straight line), the lead hook targets the outside line.
Here we'll discuss the rear straight or the cross as it's often called. We'll describe the mechanics of the punch, when to use it, how to use it, and the finer points of making this your best punch. Often the jab or lead straight is the most used and therefore the most practiced punch. However, the rear straight should be used almost as often as your jab if you can pull it off.
The last type of jab in our series is the power jab. The power jab throws your entire body weight into the punch to inflict as much damage as possible. This is not a set up shot or a probing attack; it's intended to hurt your opponent.
The next jab in our series is the flicker jab. The flicker jab is the fastest of all the jabs, but is also the least damaging. The flicker jab is thrown very loose and relaxed and therefore, it can be thrown easily regardless of where you start the punch.
The jab is the most basic punch and in many ways, it is the foundation of all offensive maneuvers. The best boxers often work off of the jab and utilize the jab in a variety of ways. Here, we'll talk about the different types of jabs, how to perform then, and their uses.
Another warm up drill for your shoulders is using a small weight and rotating it around your head. Grab a small 10 lb barbell plate. Stand in your boxing stance, hold the weight out in front of you, bend your elbows back into your body, and tightly rotate the weight around your head. As you circle it to your right going clockwise, bring your right elbow down and your left elbow up to get it over your head. Do the reverse when going around the back of your head. Make sure you...
Everything you do when you train is intended to train your boxing skill. Whether you are doing push ups, sit ups, running, or skipping rope, look for ways to use these tools to train your boxing skill. For example, when you skip rope, instead of pushing your body up from your feet and jumping, try just lifting your legs by bending your knees up creating space for the rope to pass. Also, try keeping the head and chin down. Another good warm up is...
What follows is a version of just a few of the elementary fundamentals in boxing. This is not intended to be a guide to getting started, but rather good info to supplement what you’re learning in the gym. What follows is often not taught in many boxing gyms, but is very helpful if you’re just getting started or a seasoned veteran. We’re going to talk about fundamentals and the subtle nuances behind those fundamentals.
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