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A Natural Response

As natural as fighting is, there are characteristics human beings develop over time, that do not serve them in the ring and could ultimately spell their downfall.  These characteristics are usually unconscious, but were developed over time to protect them from harm.  However, in the ring, they actually serve a detrimental effect.  What both habits or traits have in common is that they both relate to fear and survival.

Forget What You Were Taught

In order to be successful in boxing, you have to be willing to go against the grain a little, fly in the face of adversity and do some things that aren’t necessarily considered “normal.”  The thing is…most of the adversity and emotions you experience in the ring actually are normal and even practical, but over time have come to take on a different meaning.  As we’ve evolved as a society certain things have become socially unacceptable.  The amounts of hardships that have to be endured have changed and the levels of physical and mental tolerance have diminished.  That doesn’t make these challenges wrong or not worthwhile though.  It just requires a bit of reprogramming, a new way of looking at things.  It’s this different perspective that will help set your mind on a new path to boxing success.

Old Habits Die Hard

Although there are certainly life lessons and traditional rules of etiquette that apply to all situations, there are a handful of seemingly good habits that can work against you in the boxing ring.  What you do in life, how you conduct yourself day-to-day, doesn’t always mesh well with what you need to practice in the gym in order to properly protect yourself.  When you break it down, you might be surprised how many of the good habits you were constantly reminded of as a child, just don’t apply to life in the gym.  The good habits you worked to perfect actually translate into bad boxing technique.  Some of these physical traits and mental beliefs you have worked so hard to follow are now the very ideals you need to leave at the gym door in order to become a better fighter.