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Old 12-21-2007, 12:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
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sense of distance and heavy bag

Originally Posted by ozthebum View Post
First, thanks Captian Obvious and Boxing Coach for the great info in this thread.

I have a couple questions for you all. I'm completely new to boxing and am working with a coach, but only a couple hours, once a week, so I don't get a lot of time with the mitts. I'm going to assume that I can work on the moving fundamentals on my own. Can I also work on the jab/straight and jab/jab/straight combos on my own by using a heavy bag or is this something that I should only practice with the mitts?

Also...Coach, what do you mean when you say "pro fighters that recieve punishment in the fight because their sense of distance is wrong"? Are they too close and not utilizing their max effective reach or are the too far away and can't make good contact or both of those things?

These were just questions that I came up with reading this and I didn't do any searches so if I should search for this info before I ask, let me know and I will.


the heavy bag is a tool to increase punching power and to learn and practice combinations. you can use the heavy bag to practice punches and moving with punches in and out. but the heavy bag will not correct you if your punching technique is poor and will not improove your punching accuracy.
about the sense of distanse it is someting very important that give the filling of the safe or dangerous zone in the fight. novices are use to miss punches because they to far and so recieve punishment when they to close. or to not be able to launch a punch because to close distance.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:08 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Thank you good post! I'm a beginner and these tips will help with my shadow boxing!! I have been working on my jab for about a month now.
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Sense of distance and range is one of the hardest things to grasp as a novice, when you start sparring you will find your self throwing the jab out of range and leaving your self open as a consequence, this is something that will develop with sparring and padwork, the moment you find your own range is the moment you start to become comfortable in the ring.

I do a lot of technical padwork in the gym that involves incoporating the shoulder, elbow and ducking and slipping techniques. It' all well and good being able to hit the mitts and go back into form but when you have the mitts coming towards you as well you get to work on your close quater defensive work as well as offense. You can start off with basic combinations, JAB, RIGHT HAND, SLIP THE LEFT, RIGHT HAND etc The more you get used to avoiding punches and counter punching the easier it will be when you get in the ring.
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