Tag Archive for technique

Shape-Up Boxing Style

Not everyone wants to get punched in the nose while they’re getting in shape, but there’s no denying the positive benefits that a boxing-style workout can provide. Boxing moves work the entire body, they highly engage the core, they require muscular and cardiovascular strength and they demand constant focus.  As you undertake your own boxing routine, stick to the basics to get the most out of it.  Get the fundamentals right.  Even if you’re not going to get in the ring and trade punches, you should approach training like you are.  That’s where most of the benefit lies.   Performing real boxing moves, adhering to strict fundamentals and applying sound technique is where the science part of “the sweet science” comes into play.

Boxing vs. MMA is a Losing Battle

Although everyone seems to love to do it, comparing boxing to MMA is like comparing badminton to volleyball, because they both use a net, or checkers to chess, because there are pieces that move around the same kind of board.  Sure there are similarities and common aspects, but we’re talking about two distinctly different disciplines.  The athletes involved in MMA and boxing possess different skill sets, they face different demands, the rules vary and the objectives of the two sports are not the same.  In spite of all of this, the mainstream media and even figureheads of the respective sports continue to pit the two arts against each other and create comparisons that, beyond the surface, don’t really exist.  Obviously there are people in the combat sports industry that just love to see a good scrap, even if it’s between two combatants that don’t really have a legitimate fight to pick with each other.

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.

The “Nature” of the Sport – Opposing Forces Work Together in the Ring

When you really stop and break down the techniques of boxing, it is amazing how everything works together. For every offensive move, there is a defensive answer.  For every punch, there is a counter punch.  For every type of boxer that exists he or she has a stylistically perfect match, in terms of an opponent.  It’s incredible how it all works together in harmony. Nature provides an ideal balance in all that happens, even when it comes to what goes on inside the boxing ring.

When a fighter is delivering a punch or is making a specific offensive move, there is, in almost every instance, a built-in defensive component.  This “byproduct” happens naturally when those offensive moves are performed correctly.