Boxing Focus Mitt Training

Training on the focus mitts is one the best ways to develop your fighting reflexes, punching technique, defense technique, and fighting strategy. Hitting the focus mitts is not only a great workout but also intellectually stimulating, and FUN! Mittwork is also the most realistic fight training simulation next to sparring.

The focus mitts are an incredibly versatile tool for boxing training and yet many boxers are only doing one thing on the mitts—which is hitting as hard and fast as possible. Focus mitt training is not only about speed and power. There’s also rhythm, timing, accuracy, strategy, style, etc, etc. There are so many different ways you could be developing yourself on the mitts. And by only thinking about power on the mitts, you cheat yourself out of developing the more refined slick “sweet boxing” skills.

Let’s go over some important concepts and methods about boxing mittwork training. [Click to read more...]

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How to Retreat Intelligently

Sometimes you have no choice but to run. You’re hurt, tired, blind, or injured and you need to run out the clock. And as much as you want to turn and run away, that’s the worst thing you can do. Running will only rapidly exhaust what little space and energy you have left.

Knowing how to retreat can help you avoid dozens of punches while using only a little bit energy and space. Done cleverly, it will not only buy you time but also create counter-punching opportunities for you.

Learn how to make it difficult for your opponents to take your ground
…even when you’re not fighting for it.

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Jab Without Getting Countered

The jab was supposed to be your safest weapon. It’s supposed to be your fastest, longest weapon and make it safe for you to get into range and land your bigger punches.

But if you can’t throw that jab without getting countered, then you’ve basically got no chance in the fight!

You’ve done your homework. You know how to jab. You know how to move your head. You know how to listen to your coach. You know how to fight and STILL, you’re getting countered.

So what do you do now?

  • Brawl?
  • Run?
  • Or even worse…stop throwing the jab??? *GASP*

Don’t start getting wild just yet. Here’s what you do… [Click to read more...]

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How many hours a day should a fighter spend in the gym?

Are you training enough?
Are you training too little?
How long do other fighters train for?
How long is YOUR OPPONENT training for?

Knowing the right length of fight training can make the difference between over-trained for your fight vs being in perfect shape. [Click to read more...]

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Q: Johnny, Why am I afraid of punches and what can I do?

The fear of getting hit cripples even the best of us. I’ve seen dozens of amazing athletes…all talented, intelligent, fast, powerful…all reduced to easily fatigued punching bags in the ring because of this fear.

And it’s ESPECIALLY a common problem among beginners learning how to box. I mean…how do you expect someone to fight well if he’s afraid of getting hit? It’s almost damn near impossible.

Fortunately, there IS a solution and ANYBODY can overcome this fear…. [Click to read more...]

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Fight Training Advice

A comprehensive list of answers for the most common questions I get every day from readers.

Some of my answers weren’t exactly sweet or polite but somebody’s gotta say it. At the end of the day, boxing is a tough sport. And it’s common for people to feel lost, defeated, and without a sense of purpose.

I hope my answers, as brazen as they are, help you find clarity in your journey inside the ring. [Click to read more...]

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Defend against the Uppercut

The uppercut can be a tricky punch to avoid.

Uppercuts are not as commonly thrown as the other punches (like the left hook or right cross)…but should you ever run across an opponent with deadly uppercuts, they can be your biggest nightmare. They’re actually quite hard to see and don’t telegraph as much as boxing coaches would have you believe.

Sure, anybody can see an loaded uppercut from a mile away. But up in close-range, in the middle of an exchange, you don’t realize you got hit with an uppercut until about 3 seconds later. It’s like you’re safe in your guard and then *BOOM!* your jaw hurts for no reason.

Here’s how you get away from that tricky uppercut! [Click to read more...]

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How to Land the Uppercut

Most fighters are not throwing the uppercut from the right position.

  • Their body isn’t angled correctly.
  • Their opponent’s body is not vulnerable to the uppercut.
  • And by no surprise…their uppercuts never land or do any damage.

If you find it hard to land uppercuts, there’s a very good chance you’re not throwing it from the right place. You may be surprised to know that the uppercut is not only the most improperly thrown punch in boxing, it’s also the most improperly SET UP punch in boxing.

Here are 3 simple adjustments to make landing uppercuts TEN times easier! [Click to read more...]

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Uppercut Power Tips and Technique

The uppercut is probably the most improperly thrown punch in boxing.

Everybody knows how to throw a sharp jab, and a hard right hand, and killer left hook. But when it comes to uppercuts, oh man…it’s like everybody has their own creative interpretation. If you’ve never been closely adjusted on your uppercut technique by a coach before, there’s a good chance you’re leaving out tons of potential power.

The hardest part about mastering the uppercut
is to disregard the way it looks.

You have to get past the tendencies of dropping the arm, and crouching low, and exploding upwards with the uppercut. And even once you get past these beginner mistakes, you’ll have to adjust a dozen more details before it feels like ‘what the pros do’. It took me at least half a dozen variations by different coaches before I refined my uppercut technique to what it is today. And I’m proud to share those tips with you!

Learn how to get more power out of your uppercut! [Click to read more...]

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Punching from Close Range

Fighting on the inside is often a messy affair.

It’s usually two guys trying to push each other around and it always feels like you’re either being really defensive (covering up) or being really reckless (trading punches). You need room to punch and strategy to land these punches.

With a little technique and know-how, you can control the position and action on the inside. You can decide WHERE to place your body and the ANGLES of attack.

Learn how to make space and set up your punches for inside fighting. [Click to read more...]

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