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New to Boxing? Here Are 16 Tips To Make You Better

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TRAINING TIPS:

  1. Stay calm and punch lighter on the bag so you can last more rounds, keep your form together, and punch sharp. This will allow you to get in more minutes of quality bagwork. You want to have energy to hit the bag with correct form and keep your punches snappy, instead of spending most of your bagwork panting and huffing to show that you have “heart”. Don’t waste energy showing off on the bag – nobody cares.
  2. Don’t workout till complete failure. Get tired, break a sweat, and just push yourself a little more each day. If you go until failure everyday of the week without a reason, you’ll probably overtrain and quit boxing very soon.
  3. Drink lots of water. One cup every hour minimum!
  4. Make friends in the gym, be humble, and ask people for boxing tips. When another boxer beats you, ask him how he did it; you may be surprised at how helpful he might be at showing you your own weaknesses.

 

PUNCHING TIPS:

  1. Turn your whole body into the punch. If your feet are slow, (most people have slow feet at first) you will find that punching a little slower actually hits harder than punching faster. So in other words, punch as fast as your body can turn so you won’t sacrifice power. Again, use your whole body instead of just the arms to punch.
  2. Throw short hooks, short uppercuts, and short rights but long jabs.
  3. You don’t always have to throw one knockout punch after another. Combo light and hard punches and use head movement to fake out your opponent. Remember that the harder you try, they harder they will counter, and the harder you will get hurt. Calm down and throw the hard punches when you know they’ll land.
  4. Never forget to go to the body. Try a jab to the head, and right hand to the body. When you’re in real close, lean your head inside to smother him and throw 2-3 body punches.
  5. Throw 3-5 punch combos maximum. You don’t need 10-punch combos – all those do is sap your energy and leave you open to counters. Don’t even practice these for now.
  6. Breathe out when you punch and always look at your target when you punch. Don’t hold your breath and don’t look at the ground. Learn to keep your eyes open during the heat of the battle!
  7. Let your hands go! Don’t wait around forever to let your opponent hit you all day. Throw something even if it doesn’t land. Keep him thinking and keep your eyes open for more punching opportunities.

 

DEFENSE TIPS:

  1. Stay calm and never stop breathing. If you’re starting to panic, ask the other guy to slow down so your mind and body can catch up.
  2. Hold your hands high, elbows low, and move your head.
  3. Don’t waste energy running around the ring, just take one step and pivot out of the way if your opponent is overly aggressive. Think of yourself as a matador pivoting out of the way as the bull misses. Don’t forget to hit them back.
  4. Don’t lean back and don’t take your eyes off your opponent when you’re taking punches (this is especially hard for most beginners). Establish your ground and defend it with hard counters. Pivot so that you don’t get countered.
  5. Don’t always wait for your opponent to finish punching before you start punching back. Interrupt his combos and hit him! Too many speedy fighters get caught up in trying to block all the oncoming punches that they never get to counter. Let your hands go!

 

Reference:

16 Basic Boxing Tips

11 Tips For Newcomers to Muay Thai

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1. You don’t need to be in shape to start training Muay Thai. MuayThai is a skill based sport. If you focus on the techniques you are being taught, drill them with focus and patience you will naturally get more conditioned as you practice, being able to do things faster and harder as you get better. If you are gassing out on the first round of pad work try going lighter, it will help you focus on your technique anyway. Sure the warm ups and the conditioning drills will be challenging at first, but you probably signed up to be challenged and improve your fitness. Besides, your instructor and the other students know you are new. No one expects you to be in top shape coming in and no one will make you feel bad if you aren’t. If you feel genuinely uncomfortable in class find a gym that makes you feel welcome. There are many different types of Muay Thai gyms with different vibes and gym cultures. If you are lucky enough to live in a large urban area you should have a variety of gyms to choose from.

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Seminar: Professor Wendell Alexander

Fit Plus will hosting Professor Wendell Alexander February 11th and 12th.

Noted as one of the founding members of Nova Uniao, Professor Alexander has trained and graduated some of the sports most fierce BJJ black belt competitors, including Leo Santos and Bruno Bastos.

Check out more on Professor Wendell on BJJheroes.com.

Seminar Date & Times

Saturday, February 11
1:30PM to 3:30PM

Sunday, February 12
1:00PM to 3:00PM

Sign Up

Call (902-404-8424) or drop by the Fit Plus front desk between 5PM and 8PM Monday to Friday to sign up for the seminar. Spaces are limited.

 

We’ve Moved!

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Take a Tour of Our New Facility on Main Street, Dartmouth.

Fit Plus MMA has relocated to a new, state-of-the-art fitness facility centrally located and more easy to access than our previous gym on Broom Road in Cole Harbour.

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