The Feel Out Process

October 26, 2012 October 26, 2012 by Johnny N Boxing Strategy, Fight Tips 37 Comments

feel out process


If you’re like most fighters; you were more prepared before the bell than after it. Craziness ensues in real fights. There’s no time to sit and think about what you want to do. Technique and strategy goes out the window when all you want to do is defend yourself.

Luckily, there is a better way. It’s called the feeling out process. The feeling out process is what keeps fighters from being torn to bits before they’ve even straightened out their headgear. The feeling out process is how smart fighters turn a difficult match around and get the victory even when they’re out gunned.

But how do you do it? If you thought feeling out meant moving around and stalling the fight with jabs, YOU ARE WRONG! [Click to read more…]

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dealing with failure

We’ve all been here before. The feeling of self-doubt, uncertainty, fear, pain, confusion.  One minute I was excited to be the greatest fighter in the world. The next minute, I was wondering if boxing was even the right thing for me.

I gave up on myself a thousand times. I hated my jab, hated my footwork, even hated my own boxing style. I lost all confidence in my own abilities. The sport I had fallen in love with had become my greatest enemy. I was all but permanently retired from boxing when a light shined at the end of the tunnel.

It turns out: failure can be the greatest thing to ever happen to you. FACT: many people actually reached great success AFTER failure.

Here’s how I reached absolute failure within 6 months of boxing…

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basic punching tips

Many fighters seem to get stuck after learning the basics. You’ve perfected your form months ago and still for some reason can’t hit the intermediate level. If you’re still feeling like a beginner at your gym, then you are most likely failing at a basic skill. Only after you’ve mastered these absolute basic skills will you EVER be able to move on to more advanced techniques successfully.

See my 7 basic punching tips for all beginner fighters:
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boxing footwork tips

The average fighter has terrible footwork. And I’m not talking about the guy in the corner that’s only been boxing for 2 months, I’m talking about the AVERAGE AMATEUR-LEVEL COMPETING BOXER. Unfortunately, this might mean you.

And it’s NOT your fault. It’s not because you didn’t train hard enough. It’s simply a lack of understanding basic human anatomy. I’d love to write guides on fancy footwork one day, but right now 99% of you don’t even know these:

10 HUGE fighting footwork tips! [Click to read more…]

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5 feints for boxing tricks

How do you make an opponent expose himself? How do you out-box a faster or better skilled fighter. How do you keep an opponent in constant worry about your next move?

Yes, the answer is by using a feint! But a feint is more than just flicking your glove and pretending to do something. It’s about understanding the essence of movement and understanding WHY your opponent falls for your every movement.

I present to you the 5 CLASSIC BOXING FEINTS! [Click to read more…]

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how to be a good trainer

I walked into the gym the other day and put on the focus mitts first. I warmed up the fighters, one after another, and then followed them around yelling out adjustments while they trained and sparred. I didn’t notice it then but this was my first time in the gym without wrapping up.

In fact, the mitts stayed on my hands the whole time. It wasn’t until the session ended when I realized…“Oh shit, I’m a boxing trainer now.”

A part of me died inside that day. “I’m still too young! I can still fight!” I cried to myself.

I always thought of myself as a fighter. I never fantasized about being a trainer, not even with the growth of ExpertBoxing. It was just something that happened. Somewhere along the line, I was thrust into a position of authority. Not because I was the most knowledgeable but because people believed in me.

Here’s how I did it… [Click to read more…]

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best boxing combo, the jab-jab-cross

If there was ever a boxing combination to be labelled the best, this would be it. It is so simple yet so deadly when you learn all the variants of the old “jab-jab-cross”. Many trainers told me over and over the 1-1-2 is boxing’s bread and butter combo, better than any other punch combo but I couldn’t understand why. Throwing double jabs in the ring only guaranteed that I would be eating more right hand counters and so I got scared of throwing them.

Many years later, I finally realized what my trainers REALLY meant.
This is how you throw a REAL jab-jab-cross combination… [Click to read more…]

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advanced boxing workshop

for balance, footwork & punching power!

The Advanced Boxing Workshop is now for sale! I’m releasing over 2 hours of footage from my live boxing workshop on advanced boxing techniques. You can now see all the techniques, drills, and exercises I shared with the boxers that day.
Find out exactly how I improved their balance, footwork, and punching power in only 2 hours! [Click to read more…]

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avoid negative energy

Negative energy limits you. It steals precious energy from you, makes you feel bad, and keeps you from achieving your dreams. In a world that isn’t perfect, only positive energy can help you grow into greatness.

The preparation for success is to identify and protect yourself from all forms of negative energy. [Click to read more…]

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power punching secrets implosive punching

I’m about to start a war against “explosive punching”. “Explosive punching” is the reason why so many fighters fall off balance. It’s the reason why fighters punch so slow. It’s the reason why fighters get tired so fast. Explosive punching isn’t even the most powerful way to punch!

THE TRUTH IS: true power punches aren’t explosive, they’re IMPLOSIVE!

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