Tag Archive for discipline

DON’T Follow the Leader

If you’ve spent much time in the gym or listened intently into the corners of many fighters, more than once you’ve probably heard a trainer tell his fighter to “cut the ring off”.  Although it sounds like easy-enough advice there are wrong and right ways to go about taking your opponent’s mobility away and effectively cutting off the ring.  With a few nuances added you can turn this generic piece of training advice into a more advanced, fully-effective offensive maneuver.

Boxing’s Exceptions

The old saying that “Rules were made to be broken” has some truth in it, even when it comes to boxing.  As important as proper fundamentals are, how much good technique can serve you and how valuable it is to master the rules of the ring, there are some unorthodox moves that work for certain fighters.  There are a handful of select fighters, elite athletes, who incorporate bad habits into their repertoire and they not only get away with it, but are able to actually make it work to their advantage.  They might be ignoring some basic, sound principles of boxing.  They may be breaking a fundamental rule, or doing something flat-out WRONG and it still works…for them.

The Golden Rules of Boxing

Just like there are Cardinal Sins of Boxing, those things you should never do inside the ring, there are also the Golden Rules of Boxing.  These aren’t basic tips that reinforce good boxing form, like using your jab or keeping your hands up.  Those are techniques.  The Golden Rules of Boxing are ring philosophies.  They are approaches and attitudes.  They are the principles you should live by in the ring in order to survive and thrive.