Muhammad Ali Boxing Footwork Technique

Muhammad Ali was one of boxing’s greatest footwork skill-sets ever on display.

“Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee” was the mantra of boxing’s self-proclaimed “The Greatest”. And float he did. The legendary Ali bounced, shuffled, jumped, dashed, slid, pivoted, cut, and ran his way into the boxing hall-of-fame with his graceful footwork. Very few could move as effortlessly and poetically as he did.

But Ali’s footwork was more than just aesthetic flash, there was also substance. Beyond the flowing grace and elegance of his movements, with the incredible balance, power, speed, and stability. Imagine the power of a battleship combined with the precision of a figure-skater. It was indeed repeated again and again that his footwork was the best in history.

What does it take to develop Ali’s amazing footwork?

How were his footwork techniques different from everyone else? And more importantly, how does changing the way you look at footwork change your fighting technique overall? [Click to read more…]

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Deadly Bait Punch Combinations

Bait combos are my way of setting up nasty counters.

It’s very simple: I throw a few punches, wait for the expected counter, and then I come back with my own counter. These have been tried and tested against all kinds of opponents. They work against all kinds of opponents – fast, slow, tall, short, skilled, unskilled. The more aggressive the opponent, the better. :)

Best of all you will learn not only how to set up opponents, but you will also develop your own awareness for opponent reactions. And with these newly refined reflexes, you can do SO much more.

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Controlling Range and Rhythm

Establishing your range is crucial in boxing.

Finding the range is often talked about in the art of boxing. You hear people comment all the time on how someone “has great range” or “knows how to get in and out of range” or “controls the fight”.

But what does controlling the range or finding the range really mean? Some people see it as using the jab and having great footwork. But I think it’s more than that. Controlling the range also has to do with controlling the pace. It’s more than having great endurance and great footwork. It’s about finding an interval that fits best with your fighting rhythm.

There are a few more things you have to understand to [hopefully] make it your fight… [Click to read more…]

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Constant Movement in Fighting

Keep moving! Stay busy! Let your punches go! Move your head!

Why should you keep moving? Some people think constant movement is a waste of energy or makes you predictable…but I completely disagree.

Constant movement is what gives you great rhythm, great endurance, great speed, and even be a trickier fighter. In an intense sport like boxing, constant movement is an important skill that you must acquire in order to be a great fighter.

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5 Common Punching Mistakes

5 deadly punching mistakes that can get you knocked out.

As a beginner, it can be difficult to remember the 50-point checklist of possible mistakes every second of the fight. Technique, strategy, breathing….OH, AND DON’T FORGET TO RELAX! All that is impossible to do when you’re worried about getting beat up.

For now, I’ll focus on some of the more critical ones that can leave you the most vulnerable. As long as you’re careful not to commit these in the ring, you’ll probably be alright (assuming you’re fighting someone of comparable ability).

Learn how to fix these mistakes (in yourself) or take advantage of them (in others): [Click to read more…]

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Boxing Tips for Slipping

Slipping a punch can be the riskiest proposition in the world, even if you already know how to slip. Sure, you only to move your head a few inches but when you’re not absolutely sure of your opponent’s timing, angle, and intention, there are too many variables to guarantee your safety.

Nonetheless, it’s totally possible to slip…without getting caught…and (most interestingly) without being afraid of getting caught. [Click to read more…]

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How to be a Pressure Fighter

NO—this is NOT a guide about coming forward and throwing lots of punches.

Pressure fighting does not mean recklessly walking into your opponent’s punching range. It also does not mean tons of head movement. It also does not mean of machismo and mental determination. (Although I will admit, those things do help.)

For me, the “pressure” is more about psychological rather than physical. It’s not just about landing punches. It’s about making your opponent uncomfortable. Discomfort is what leads to rapid fatigue, strategic mistakes, and mental shutdown.

Learn how to pressure your opponents WITHOUT throwing punches!

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Advanced Boxing Strategy

September 12, 2014 September 12, 2014 by Johnny N Boxing Strategy, Fight Tips 16 Comments

Advanced Boxing Strategy

An in-depth guide on how I think during a fight. It’s an advanced boxing strategy guide. Theoretical concepts and stuff that all the experienced guys know. So I won’t be going over technical things like “how to create an angle” or “how to counter a jab”.

This is a raw look into how I think and how I get things done in the square circle. [Click to read more…]

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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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