The four basic punches can be thrown in rapid succession to form combinations or “combos”. Arranging punches into combinations will help the boxer master punches more effectively and learn dynamic offensive and defensive maneuvers. Boxing combo drills make for more varied workouts that are fun and challenging both physically and mentally. For the following discussion assumes a right-handed or orthodox boxer. NB. If the boxer is a southpaw, the boxing stance changes accordingly, and all left punches become right punches.
Here are some basic punching combinations to practice on the heavy bag or floor to ceiling ball:
One-two Combo: Jab, right cross:
The jab and cross combination, nicknamed the “one-two combo” is the most common combination and uses the two key boxing punches. Turn the torso into each punch and transfer weight onto ball of each foot depending on the punch thrown, with the aim being to maximize speed and accuracy. This is usually an effective combination, because the jab blocks the opponent’s view of the cross, making it easier to land cleanly and forcefully.
One-two-three Combo 1: Jab, right cross, jab:
Again, the two key boxing punches are used. As for the one-two combination, turn the torso into each punch and transfer weight onto ball of each foot depending on the punch thrown, with the aim being to maximize speed and accuracy. In addition to punching, focus on maintaining a good guard with the passive hand, and retracting the punching hand back into the guard position.
One-two-three Combo 2: jab, right cross, and left hook:
This combination flows really well if the weight is transferred to each foot at the appropriate time. The jab is used to soften up the opponent, the right cross does the damage and the left hook finishes things off. Take one step in towards the bag to perform the hook accurately.
One-two-three Combo 3: Uppercut, right cross, left hook:
With this combination, the uppercut is delivered to the body, with the right cross and left hook to the head. This combination aims to unsettle the opponent and drop their guard with the body rip, setting up for the right cross and then following the finishing left hook.
Building more complex boxing combinations
Once the basic punching combos are mastered it’s good to begin mixing more complex footwork and evasive maneuvers like ducking and slipping into the combinations to add variety and build important skills.
Professional Pad Trainer Courses
Importantly if you are not professionally trained to conduct pad work, try these combos on a heavy bag or floor to ceiling ball only. The information here is theory only and so at all costs, if you have not had accredited practical instruction in pad training – avoid injuring yourself or your clients as a result of poor pad work technique or client instruction.
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