How to Cut Off the Ring

Speedy boxers and defensive fighters are frustrating if not impossible to chase down.

The faster you run, the faster they run away! They never sit still for you to hit and they always seem to squeeze out of the corners. Worst of all, some opponents are even landing punches on you as they’re running away!

The answer is to cut off the ring. Your opponent won’t have anywhere to run to if you know how to cut off his space. [Click to read more…]

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Killer Heavy Bag Workout

Here’s a great boxing heavy bag workout from Jason Van Veldhuysen over at Precision Striking. He’s also got a popular Youtube channel.

This 10-round heavy bag workout will improve your power, speed, endurance, and overall boxing skills! [Click to read more…]

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How to Survive in a Fight

You MUST learn how to survive when you’re hurt.

Advanced fighters are especially good at minimizing damage and buying themselves precious time to recover. They know how to keep moving, how to stall and hold and shake off aggressive opponents. They know how to protect themselves when they’re unable to fight back.

You might be hurt, or injured, or tired, or have something caught in your eye. Or maybe you’re ahead on points and don’t have the energy to maintain the pace. Knowing how to survive can keep you from getting knocked out.

Here are some fight survival tactics that have kept me up until the final bell:

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Beginner Sparring Survival Guide

A quick survival guide to help you make it through your first sparring sessions in the ring.

This is for beginners boxers, first-timers, and anybody who doesn’t know what he’s doing. Sparring is not about getting beating each other up or fighting for real. It’s about learning how to fight by practice fighting. It’s not a real fight and the goal is not to win. Learn how to survive the rounds so you can have fun and actually learn how to box!

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Sit Ups for Boxing

Core strength is easily the most important factor in power generation and functional movement. No matter what you do, whether it’s throwing a punch or taking a punch, standing still or moving around, you will need tremendous amounts of core strength to do it.

Your core can allow you to move (twist/footwork), or prevent you from moving (balance). Your core is responsible for holding your body steady and combining the strength of other muscles in your body. Your core muscles can rotate your body for rotational power and has more to do with your punching power than any other muscle.

And since you’re going to be doing thousands if not millions of sit-ups throughout your fighting career, you might as well learn how to do a sit-up correctly. [Click to read more…]

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Boxing Workshop

Fighters in the Southern California area: I am doing a special ONE-DAY ONLY boxing workshop June 22, 2013 in Los Angeles. All boxers, fighters, coaches 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 catlike 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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Proper Push Up Technique

Whether you’re training for a fight, for weight loss, or any kind of physical activity, push-ups will be a one of your regular workouts. It’s a great exercise to build strength and power for the upper body and doesn’t require any special equipment other than the ground and gravity.

For fighters, push-ups are especially beneficial for developing the chest, shoulders, core, and triceps. You can even develop a bodybuilder’s physique with push-ups if you do enough of them.

But for now, let’s go over what I call the perfect push-up form and technique: [Click to read more…]

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Boxing Head Movement

What’s the secret to great head movement?

It has to do with understanding what good head movement is and how to do it. You’ll need to learn the different styles of head movement and how to train the skill. Even with all the tips I’m give you, you’re still going to get hit a lot.

For the serious fighters, you don’t really have a choice. Head movement is a standard boxing skill you need to be competitive. Your head can only take so many shots from trained opponents. But I promise you, there’s no greater feeling than being able to completely avoid a punch (besides a KO).

It’ll take you a while to master the art of head movement, but here’s what you need to know: [Click to read more…]

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Intermediate Boxing Skills

What is it that all the skilled fighters have?

More powerful punches?
A slicker defense?
Or simply more fights?

I’ve compiled a list of qualities that I see in many intermediate fighters.
You’ll need all of these skills if you ever hope to become an “advanced fighter”.
Here’s what it takes to get beyond the beginner level… [Click to read more…]

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Balance Secrets from a Dancer

I don’t normally write this sort of random article but I learned so much from a private lesson yesterday that I had to share it with my readers. This is the sort of thinking that changes the way you look at things and changes the way you fight forever.

I was so amazed by what I learned, I had to write about it.
I only wish all of you could have been there with me that day. [Click to read more…]

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