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Boxing may appear daunting, but it does not have to be. Before your first boxing lesson or training session, arm yourself with a few basic skills to help you succeed in the ring.
“Brushing up on the fundamentals is always useful at any level,” says Tatiana Firpo, a group fitness teacher at EverybodyFights.
“Plus, it’s entertaining!” There are unlimited possibilities for improvement when you acquire proper technique and train to comprehend boxing, and it’s a tremendous feeling of satisfaction,” she says.
Brush up on your posture and breathing skills before moving on to the six fundamental techniques listed below.
To begin, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
Take one step back with your right foot if you’re right-handed. Left-handed people should do the reverse, and the front toe should be parallel to the back heel.
Turn the lead shoulder to face the opponent or the bag. To increase agility, slightly bend your knees.
Maintaining balance is easier with this stagger stance, and it also allows you to leverage your hips for more power when throwing a punch.
This stance also provides you a smaller target for your opponent in a real match, giving them less space to connect a hit. Tuck your chin and place the glove up to your cheekbones to shield your face.
To prepare for a punch, take a deep breath. As you throw the ball, quickly exhale through your mouth (rather than your nose) while keeping your jaw clenched to maximise power. An audible hiss should be heard when this is done.
If your mouth is open and you receive a strike to the chin in a real bout, you risk fracturing your jaw. This quick exhale activates the core and links the punch to your body.
This breathing technique aids in both timing and power. You’ll look and sound like a pro even if you never get into an actual fight.
Begin in the boxing stance. Extend your front arm straight out while taking a stride forward with your front foot as quickly as possible. Your front hand and foot should contact at the same time.
To reset, quickly pull the glove back to your face. The jab, also known as the “1,” is your fastest punch and one that requires the least amount of energy.
Begin by taking a boxing stance. Step forward with your front foot while rotating your hips, pivot your back foot forward, and extend your rear arm straight out. The component should not be cocked back. Also, remember to distribute your weight evenly between both legs.
To reset, quickly bring your fist back to your face. The cross, also known as the “2,” is your most powerful punch since you can throw your entire body into it.
Begin by taking a boxing stance. As if you’re stirring a pot, raise your front elbow till it’s parallel to the floor. Pivot on your front foot to turn your knee and roll your hip over for greater power. To connect, rotate everything at the same time.
Maintain a 90-degree bend in your arm, and don’t extend your arm into the punch. For the back hook, repeat on the opposite side. The theme — “3” for lead and “4” for rear — is a short-range punch, so keep your opposite hand face to guard.
Begin in the boxing stance. Drop the shoulder on the lead side (as if doing a side crunch) and load the legs by bending the knees slightly.
As you turn your hip and pivot your foot, keep your arms bent and throw a punch from the ground up. Curling your arm is not a good idea, and the power will come from the legs, not the biceps. To reset, quickly bring your fist back to your face.
The uppercut — lead is “5”, the rear is “6” — is a short-range shot, so don’t reach for it and wind up Mortal Combat-style with your knuckles in the air. To defend yourself, keep the opposing fist against your face.
Begin in a boxing posture, fists up to guard. If your opponent throws at your right side, spin from your waist to the left, drop your left shoulder, bend your knees, and crunch to the left to get a way of the shot.
If the opponent throws to the left, repeat on the right side. As you rise back up to your starting posture, slipping is a defensive boxing technique that puts you in a position to counter.
Begin in the boxing stance. Send your hips back and bend your knees (like a squat) as your opponent throws a shot (like a hook), then change your body weight from one leg to the other as you rise back up.
Ducking, like slipping, is a defensive maneuver. You’re ducking beneath the shot and rising on the other side to deliver a counter rather than falling.
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