Basic Boxing At Home: 5 Techniques
There are various reasons why we can’t go to the gym, but having a busy schedule is usually a common one. Don’t let the fact that you can’t go to the gym stop you from working out. If you have some basic equipment, such as boxing gloves and a boxing bag, you may practice boxing at home. However, basic boxing techniques may be learned by anyone even without these inexpensive tools. By practicing basic punches, stances, combinations, and drills, beginner boxers can master the basics of the sport.
Here are the basic boxing techniques you can learn at home.
To begin with, the boxer’s stance is absolutely essential; you must be able to jab, cross, hook, and uppercut opponents with the assistance of a solid stance. Learning how to hold your stance, decide whether you’re orthodox or southpaw, and practising this stance in sync with your punches is key to becoming an effective boxer. Anyone who wants to learn how to box might benefit from mastering this fundamental boxing technique.
When preparing to punch, you need to inhale. Then, exhale quickly through your mouth (rather than your nose) with a closed jaw when you’re throwing. Ideally, it should sound like a snort.’ If your mouth is open and you take a blow to the chin/jaw, you could end up being hurt, knocked out, and even receive a broken jaw. To connect the exertion with your breath, use a sharp exhale to activate your core. This breathing technique aids timing, endurance, and power. When it comes to boxing, you’ll look and sound like a pro even if you never get into a fight.
Basic boxing punches
There are four fundamental punches in boxing, which comprise the following:
- The jab is typically a fast punch delivered by the arm and shoulder moving forward—right-handed boxers jab with their left hand, and vice versa.
- The cross is a direct punch delivered by the rear arm. Right-handed fighters utilize their right arm, whereas left-handed boxers use their left.
- The hook is a short, looping punch delivered at an angle of 90 degrees. These punches can be delivered with either arm.
- The uppercut is a quick upward punch thrown with either arm to the body or chin of the opponent.
Defensive boxing techniques
Defensive boxing techniques aid a boxer prior during and after throwing their own techniques, utilising a range of defensive skills minimises your risk of injury and increases your chances of coming out of a sparring session or fight, unscathed.
Below are a few of these techniques:
- Slip. Slipping is a defensive boxing technique that positions your head and upper body off the centre line in order to counter your opponent.
- Duck. Like slipping, ducking is a defensive technique. Unlike slipping, you’re ducking directly under the shot and rising up to throw a counter.
- Weave: A weave is a combination of the slip and duck, using both techniques together allows you to duck under a looping shot like a hook, then popping out on the outside of the opponent, ready to counter.
A boxer’s footwork is essential to the art of boxing.
Footwork enables the boxer to effectively defend or strike off of a balanced position. The key to effective footwork is balance, leverage, and speed, which all can be improved with constant practice. Skipping and shadowboxing are wonderful activities for boosting your stance and overall fitness that many boxers employ.
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