how to throw a jab

While the jab isn’t as exciting as the cross, hook, or uppercut, the jab is more useful than all other punches combined. The jab can punch, push, distract, create openings, or even defend against your opponent’s deadliest punches!

Here is my official boxing guide on throwing a proper jab. It’s complete with pictures, videos, and explanations for all the common nuances of the jab.

Learn how to throw your #1 punch! [Click to read more…]

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how not to get robbed in your amateur fight

I was cornering for one of my fighters last weekend when I witnessed yet another robbery on the amateur circuit. For those who’ve never watched an amateur fight live except for the Olympics on TV, I have something to break to you: robberies happen ALL THE TIME IN AMATEUR BOXING!

It’s inevitable when boxing is such a subjective sport full of bias. Judges are not fighters. They can only judge by what they see, not what they feel. And you can’t win a fight without looking good to the judges.

It’s heartbreaking to lose when everyone saw that you won. Here are some things you can show the judges to avoid a bad decision! [Click to read more…]

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It’s been a while but the boxing mailbag is back! I answer nearly 80 questions on boxing training, use of punching bags, defensive methods, and ideas to get started on training. [Click to read more…]

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Boxing Workshop

I’ve got some exciting news for fighters in the Los Angeles area. I am offering boxing workshops during the last weekend of July. All boxers, fighters, coaches, are welcome!

During this 2-hour interactive workshop, you’ll develop new fighting skills and get personal feedback on your boxing technique. The key topics will be developing world class balance & footwork for fighting, and advanced power punching technique. It’s a hands-on learning experience to develop your fighting skills directly from me! [Click to read more…]

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back hand guard technique

We’ve all been under pressure before. We take the most punches when we’re out of energy, out of room to move, and out of position to fight back. I can barely stand let alone defend myself!

That’s the problem with most defensive techniques–they rely on some kind of “perfect position” that just isn’t possible when you’re getting beat up!

Well that’s all going to change today (in my sarcastic professional salesman voice). I’ll show you a trick the pros use to defend against combinations, WITHOUT THINKING, simply by moving your back hand.

This little defensive technique can protect you even when you’re unable to fight back… [Click to read more…]

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body movement theory for fighters

Last Friday I was watching a video of Pernell Whitaker when I said to myself, “Damn! How does he MOVE like that?!” I wasn’t looking at his tricky counters or flashy defense. I was mesmorized simply by his incredible body control. I admired the way he waved hands and wiggled his shoulders in front of opponents, even the way he nonchalantly walked around his opponents. I was amazed by the way he MOVED!

Most fighters don’t understand body movement. I was fortunate enough to train in many sports as well as formal dance training. The truth is: I wasn’t really a talented fighter, I only knew how to use my body better than others.

And you won’t be a good fighter until you learn how to move your body… [Click to read more…]

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how to avoid getting tired

The moment always comes at the worst time possible. You’re halfway through the 3rd round and next thing you know, you’re tired. It’s kinda like running out of bullets in Call-of-Duty. Entire championship fights were ultimately decided by endurance because fatigue cripples even the greatest athletes.

Sometimes it’s physical, sometimes it’s mental. It doesn’t matter what level fighter you are: beginner,amateur, or pro—fatigue will hurt your performance!

How much difference would it make if you NEVER got tired in the ring again? [Click to read more…]

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power punching secret 2 legged punching

So what’s the “secret” behind two-legged punching? Well, the idea is to punch on 2 legs. Some of you are already thinking, “What? That’s it?! That’s your big secret? I already punch on 2 legs!

I would even estimate that at least 90% of the people reading this are punching on one leg. You might THINK you’re punching on two legs but you’re really not. Most fighters right now don’t even know how to use their non-pivoting leg!

If you’re shifting your weight while punching, this guide is for you!

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10 counters for the right hand

If you’ve ever faced a big puncher before, you’ve probably noticed the power of his right cross within seconds of the opening bell. It can be a psychological hurdle when you’re trying to outbox your opponent. It’s hard to focus on establishing your jab when all you want to do is run and hide from his right hand.

There may be weak jabs and weak hooks but the right cross is almost always a powerful punch—even from a lesser-skilled fighter. It’s the kind of power you never forget and rightfully so; it’s caused many knockouts in the professional and amateur ranks. Luckily for you, the right hand can open up many opportunities for your counters. Why be afraid of the right when you can use your opponent’s momentum to land your own power punches?

Here are 10 classic counters for that right hand… [Click to read more…]

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5 tips for creative fighting

The question I seem to be getting over and over is…

How did you get so good at ____ technique?

The answer is simple—I learned every kind of technique until I found the one I wanted. But I wasn’t always this wise, of course. I spent years wasting my time trying to perfect the few techniques I knew. I would drill the same jab for hours thinking that would make it faster and more powerful, or at least more effective. It wasn’t until I tried thinking outside the box that my fighting skills sky rocketed to a whole new level.

My golden secret is that technique is not perfected through repetition but rather through creativity. Here are 5 creative tips to develop YOUR fighting skills… [Click to read more…]

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