Even though it has become a common and admirable character trait in society today, our minds are not meant to multi-task. Sure, we can. Yes, we are all capable. It’s pretty much expected, but it’s simply not how our brains were hard-wired. It’s not really how we were built to operate. The human mind was only meant to focus, REALLY focus on one thing at a time. You can have many thoughts running through your mind at any given moment, but to clearly focus on what you’re doing, requires effort. As difficult as it is, zeroing-in on one task, the one that’s right in front of you, could hold the key your progress. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that a single-minded approach is something that will help you to become a better fighter. The secret to a more successful future lies in being able to think about what’s right in front of you, right now. That doesn’t mean that you have to shut the rest of the world down or completely out. For most people that isn’t realistic or healthy, but when it’s time to get down to business, you should be able to eliminate as many distractions as possible.
Practically everyone has done it or been guilty of it at some point in their lives. Sitting back and criticizing other people’s actions or minimizing their successes has become a part of human nature. What used to take the form of idle gossip or barber shop banter has expanded to epic proportions. With the advent of the internet, social media and the blogosphere, the world has more critics and self-appointed experts than ever before.
There are many tricks of the trade in the boxing industry. Some are well-guarded secrets, while others are common knowledge within the business; one that everyone knows the importance of, is having a good hand wrapping technique. However, this is one area that many of the ideals and beliefs of how to go about it and what role it serves is largely a myth.
The commonly held belief that certain hand wrapping techniques increase a fighters punching ability or holds some secret to having knockout power is false. Or, at the very least, it is greatly overstated. As long as they’re legal, hand wraps do not increase punching power.
It’s been said by many boxing experts that it’s the punch you don’t see coming that can do the most damage and one of the most effective punches to surprise your opponent with is the uppercut.
Marciano, Tyson, Foreman and many of the game’s biggest, best punchers owned devastating uppercuts that rounded out their heavy-hitting styles and helped mold their intimidating presence in the ring. These power punchers had the uppercut down to an art form. For perfect examples, go back and count how many uppercuts George Foreman threw in his KO win over Ken Norton. Watch Mike Tyson’s fifth round destruction of Frank Bruno or replay the final combination that Rocky Marciano used to put away Joe Louis. Two of the final three punches that retired The Brown Bomber, were uppercuts.
There is always something to be learned, or at least considered, when looking at other sports and particularly successful athletes who have excelled in their field. Various techniques and training approaches sometimes have some cross-over benefits and, even if you’re not looking to sprint like Usain Bolt or rock a pair of huge pythons like Arnold Schwartzenegger, what makes a certain athlete successful sometimes translates across competitive platforms.