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Boxing Techniques For Beginners

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If you are just starting to learn how to box, here are some tips that will help you start properly. You have to learn the right posture, stance and body positions early so you will not develop bad habits that will be hard to correct in the future.

Body positioning is important to learn as the first step in boxing techniques. You should stand upright with your legs apart aligned with your shoulder width with your rear foot a half step behind your lead foot. The correct lead foot depends on whether you are left or right handed. Right handed boxers use the left food as their lead foot and vice versa. The toes must be pointed slightly inward with the bulk of your weight on the lead foot. You have to raise your arms with the lead fist to your eye level around 6 to 8 inches away from your face. The other foot must be at chin level with your elbows close to your body. The chin must be down and close to your chest. Body positioning helps for the quick and forceful movements in boxing and offers the best protection. Use this body stance and practice it repeatedly until you are comfortable with it. You should practice a variety of punches that are the most efficient in weakening your opponent.

The most common punch used by boxers is the jab. It is a quick, straight punch in which your body slightly rotates. When your jabbing arm is fully extended, it leaves your shoulder in a position that protects the chin area. The other fist also guards the chin area as well.

The powerful strike coming from the rear hand is called a cross. It is a fast, forceful and straight across motion that results in a slight rotation of the body. Similar to the jab, the lead hand protects your face from counter punches.

A semi-circular punch using the lead hand is called the hook. Your arm swings like a horizontal arch towards your rival. Most hook shots are aimed at the chin but there could be other areas you can target as well. Using this punch, your lead foot pivots while the rear heal turns outwardly.

You perform the uppercut using the read hand by rising it an upward arc toward your target area. The knees are slightly bent at the start of the punch but with your arm’s upward motion, your knees also push forward. This motion add more power to the punch.

Training for boxing is important if you want to become competent. Using punching bags or punching dummies are a great way to become professional in this sport.

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