Perhaps you have been training in the sport for some time now, and while you have gotten the basics and fundamentals down, you have also become a very good boxer. But in this martial art, there is a fine line between good boxers and great boxers. If it’s a line you’re looking to cross, you will have to make some adjustments to your game.
Boxing, as a sport, has been around since the early days of man. ‘The Sweet Science’ has been practiced through the ages. Techniques and strategies, in turn, have been refined over that time. The amount of knowledge to be had whilst training in this discipline is unfathomable, and there is a lot of ground to cover.
If you’re looking to up your game and become a better boxer, there are certain aspects of your game you should be focusing on. Even as a beginner, these are things that, if practiced in the early stages of training, can make a huge difference down the road once you gain more experience.
Everyone boxer wants to hit that next level, where they go from knowing the basics to being able to read their opponents and use their skills effectively to employ fight-winning strategies. If you want to cross that very thin line between good and great, here are few tips to take into consideration.
Today, Evolve Daily shares five tips to go from good to great in boxing.
1) Focus on technique, not power
The knockouts will come, but especially as a beginner in this sport your primary focus should be tightening up your technique. By having sound technique, you ensure yourself that you are maximizing the potential behind each punch.
Every martial artist will tell you that there is always some area of your game that you can improve upon. Whether that’s making your punches shorter, or better selling your feints, technique is the most important thing you should enhance as a fighter.
Too many beginners focus solely on increasing power, or trying to punch as hard as they can, which really only wastes energy. By focusing on technique over power, you gain better energy expenditure, and you make every move count.
2) Pick your spots
Don’t just throw your combinations for the heck of it, make sure every move you make serves a purpose.
In boxing, there should be no wasted movements. Every step you take, every punch you throw should have meaning behind it. In this case, try to better pick your spots.
Look for openings that may uncover during fights. Use your jab to keep your opponents constantly engaged, then attack with your power shots when they let their guard down. Advanced boxers also love to use feints, which is a tremendous technique that doesn’t require a lot of energy but is really effective in creating openings.
By being smart with your offensive and defensive output, you will more often than not be much more effective than your opponent when it comes to areas of punching accuracy, and energy expenditure.
3) Try not to get hit
The name of the game is to hit and not get hit. Too often, beginner boxers forget this very basic concept.
Defense is a huge part of boxing and many boxers, especially beginners, tend to forget this. Moreover, you don’t want to be taking too much punishment, nor get hit in the head too much. Every punch you absorb sucks away at your energy and stamina, and it slows you down over the course of a bout.
The primary objective should always be to land your combinations while sustaining the least amount of damage. They don’t call boxing ‘The Sweet Science’ for nothing. A lot of technique goes behind every movement.
Learn to master the art of defense and mix it up with your offense to create a seamless fighting style.
4) Study your opponents beforehand
Boxing is often compared to a chess match, and for good reason. A huge chunk of strategy involves knowing your opponent, paying close attention to certain mannerisms and habits he or she falls into. This allows you to recognize openings and then capitalize.
You can study your opponents by watching video of them if available or listening to scouting reports usually done by your coaches.
In some of the early stages of your career, you will have only a slight inkling of what your opponent’s style may be like, and there may not be available tape to watch. In these cases, the studying of an opponent’s style happens mid fight.
This makes whatever your coach tells you in the corner between rounds crucial to victory. In boxing, it is often the boxer who makes the best mid-fight adjustments that ends up pulling away towards victory at the end.
5) Listen to your coaches
Coaches possess a wealth of boxing knowledge well beyond your years. The wisdom they encapsulate in their minds is essential to your learning and development as a fighter.
In all stages of training, you should be listening to your coaches, trying to absorb their years of knowledge to the best of your ability. They know exactly how to mold and shape you into the potential you possess.
As martial artists, humility is the key to learning. In order to maximize your potential, be humble enough to listen to what your coaches have to say and to do your best to put it into practice. By remaining humble and incorporating their technical knowledge into your game, you’ll no doubt be a great boxer down the road.
Maintain a good working relationship with your coach and you’re almost guaranteed success. That’s half of the battle. The other half is hard work and dedication.
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