How is a boxing session going?
Alessandro Baricco, .
Our great Italian novelist undoubtedly exaggerates ! You will easily realize it, you who tried to start boxing, more or less timidly …
To become a boxing ace, nothing better than training a little bit seriously: as in any sport, seriousness and selflessness count almost as much as innate faculties.
The beginner, in English boxing in particular, must avoid skipping the stages if he wishes to master “the noble art” one day in an orthodox way.
Naturally, the training reserved for a neophyte boxer does not suffer any comparison with the best professionals !
So let’s look together at what is the lot of new learners among whom you have a good chance of counting – but which champion, from Rocky Balboa to Mohammed Ali via Myke Tyson, did not go through this ?
Start in boxing: find a club or a teacher
Nature has many lessons in store for us: the young shoot who would not be helped by the hand of man would go all over the place, be suffocated by weeds and give little fruit.
It is the same for the control of his body and the sporting practice, metabolism and organism being still closely subjected to natural laws which exceed our desires and our will.
Thus, the boxer of the last rain will gain time and talent as soon as he avoids being alone and isolated to turn to safe masters.
Abandoned to himself, the glove wearer will always remain one, with too disorderly gestures and excessively heterodox attitude to be qualified as “strictly speaking boxer”.
And as long as you store bad reflexes and false sensations, it will be very difficult to correct the situation, it will be a real obstacle course !
Against these multiple pitfalls, a solution is essential: find an elder, a coach worthy of the name.
Whether in the secure setting of a licensed club serving as federal insurance, or with a private teacher who has proven himself as a sportsman and pedagogue, there are enough possible paths for everyone to find their account and avoid knockout by suffocation after a few weeks of wandering.
To start in the ring, we cannot recommend that you take out a sports insurance policy, in addition to benefiting from good health coverage (before starting, seek the advice of your attending physician or a sports doctor) while it is an essential amateur to acquire a minimum of equipment: good shoes, basketball shorts, a T-shirt, protective helmet and gloves – or even, eventually, of (bandages or handlers) under the gloves.
Your teacher will give you the keys to good preparation before a fight.
Sports disciplines prior to boxing
Certainly, like any combat sport, French boxing or English boxing is hitting a max. But it is a high-tech art:, therefore, brute force. The pure and hard nag must pass its way: the dodge, the sveless of the footwork and the trick of the winner by knockout will fail him.
We generally get late, because early practice could prove harmful for young brains in development: it must be said that we take many blows, which gladly leave consequences, even in the presence of protections !
Before getting started for good, it is therefore advisable to have a regular physical activity which best prepares the organism for intense efforts.
Bodybuilding is to be advised, with fitness and cardio, first to eliminate fat (this is the challenge of categorizing boxers according to their weight, as in judo), then to rely on flexible, safe, enduring, powerful and effective muscles. Running is generally to continue in parallel boxing lessons, as is skipping rope for bad weather days when a jogging rhymes with colds.
In your young years, do not hesitate to play rugby or water polo, as well as to practice martial arts, to have advantages over others by starting boxing.
Sports such as squash, Basque ball, swimming or tennis have the advantage of involving the heart and / or breathing. It is a good prelude to be explosive in the ring at the critical time !
At the same time, make sure you keep a healthy and balanced diet, never forgetting to hydrate yourself (by drinking water) during your sessions. Good sleep is also necessary, especially since it is facilitated by daily sport.
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The typical training of a big beginner
If the professional, or the amateur boxing champion at the Olympic Games, can focus everything on the match and the confrontation, putting the scenario at the heart of his program, the same cannot be said of the impetrant.
The latter will have to carry out much simpler exercises in order to reap progress and reach, sooner or later, the heights of glory !
Indeed, you have to look at things lucidly: the beginner’s journey is long and littered with trials. He first discovered the rules of a relatively elitist sport and then he assimilated gestures and attitudes unknown to him until then.
The time to make so many reflexes is long: you have to be patient, even in a time when generation Y (or Z ?) would like to have it all right away: victory, glory, money, the Olympic medal …
We are talking about “training of apprentice oxers” or “beginner training”. It may be more or less intense depending on the time, but it remains essential to train for basic shots every day without exception.
Any session obviously begins with a warm-up time, of at least a quarter of an hour, sometimes 30 minutes: it is enough to run, to warm up your joints and to sketch some gestures of boxer without forcing, in “” mode. (don’t be afraid of being ridiculous !).
The principle is simple: the coach will first show you the fundamental gestures of, which you will have to reproduce and repeat an infinity of times empty, in real speed as well as in slow motion for better assimilation, before moving on to a target scenario.
Uppercut, right, hook, waiting leg game, guard: these elements must get you in the skin without you having to think.
The second step is to link these elements to each other: the teacher will speak of “chains”. As in chess, some sequences are more than basic, like the famous jab-cross sequence -> rotary dodge -> cross-hook.
Boxing experts talk about “basic techniques” to designate these essentials that affect both the youngest and the planetary star.
The ideal is to be with a teacher who plays the opponent, or in pairs with the coach as an arbitrator and third party observer making his remarks and giving his advice.
After a lesson, don’t forget to stretch to maximize your recovery and allow your muscles to consolidate further !
So it is possible to learn boxing alone.
The classic exercises of a beginner boxing course
In addition to the standard training session of the budding boxer, which can be called “beginner’s journey”, there are traditional exercises that can be approved or performed at various times during your days.
The list can be long, we will for the moment be satisfied with the five main ones.
1. The jump rope
Endurance and resistance, tone and explosiveness: the jump rope is not made only for the pups ! It is an accessory already well known to high-level athletes and bodybuilders, it is not surprising that it has its place in any boxing training session.
Little by little, you will be able to jump rope longer and longer, possibly up to an hour and a half ! Complete it all with pumps and abs, just to be at the top of your shape.
This is the first way to box beginners: to hit an imaginary enemy in a vacuum. It avoids sores, but it is more tiring than it is commonly believed to strike blows in the void …
The must is to face a mirror to look at yourself and dissect your gestures.
3. The mittens
It is a question of working on its attack on a moving target in the presence of a coach debriefing your performance.
For the exo to be effective, it must last approximately half an hour. His main objective is for the assailant to manage his breath and to keep control over his timing and the techniques deployed: shortness of breath or early exhaustion will be the sign of a deficient physical condition.
It is a variant of the already mentioned, but with a very real adversary.
Boxing is what the “strike” is in rugby.
The student submits to it for a period of 3 to 6 rounds (for the most resistant !). He must touch his opponent, but without forcing, just to not hurt.
In return, its goal is to avoid all blows. The watchword for the exercise to be fruitful is as follows: when a chain hits the target, it must be repeated until the ins and outs are grasped by finding a way to counter it.
The Nevers boot will therefore not resist this dissection !
5. The punching bag
It is a great classic: where is, perhaps more than the boxing gloves themselves, the symbol of boxing, whether English, French boxing, Thai boxing or other.
The double elastic bag is one of the easiest to handle, halfway between the speed pear and the pure juice strike bag.
Let off steam, it’s made for, but you have to be precise by hitting at the right time to avoid a return to the sender … !
The basic posture to start boxing
To start boxing well, there is a basic posture to respect. This posture allows boxers to protect themselves from blows but also to be effective in attack. Both arms protect their heads and thus allow beginners to feel reassured.
To perform the basic posture, position a scotch tape on the ground, we will call this line, the center line.
Then start to position the feet to position the whole body well. To do this, put your left foot forward (if you are right-handed). The toes must touch the center line while the heel must remain outside.
The right leg must go back. The heel of the right foot must then be at the level of the central line while being slightly peeled off from the ground. The toes should go outward.
The balance of the body must be evenly distributed between the two legs. Thanks to the bent knees, the body is flexible and relaxed.
The fists then come in front of the face, the right fist more behind than the left. The chin should be slightly lowered. Only the eyes stick out gloves.
This position must therefore become a habit for beginner boxers.
As you progress, you will learn other basic positions to facilitate movement.
Basic leg games to start boxing
To start boxing, you have to know how to move without getting tangled and while keeping a support stable enough to be able to protect its rear and respond if necessary. It is therefore essential to know and practice simple but effective footwork.
Do not try to move like the big boxers right away, hopping or whatever. You might lose energy stupidly.
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The step chased to move
You know the step chased during sports lessons ? It’s about doing the same thing but continuing the basic posture seen previously. In other words, just bring the back foot back to the front foot and then move the front foot forward and so on.
This displacement makes it possible not to take the feet and to move while always retaining its basic supports. The balance of the body must always be respected between the two legs to be ready to fight back.
This chased step can be used to move forward, backward, right or left. Effective no ?
The pivot is one of the basic steps of boxers and is very useful for beginners to avoid a strike without losing balance. As with the judoka who learns to fall, the boxer must learn to avoid blows without losing his balance.
The pivot then consists in using the right leg (the rear leg) to turn his body 45 or 90 degrees. In this way, the boxer can avoid a strike by turning his whole body to one side. The left leg then serves as a pivot. It is the support of the body, it is important not to lift it from the ground.
From the first boxing lessons, your teacher will encourage you to practice the pivot.
Beginner box: punches
Once the posture and the footwork are well established, it’s time to attack ! What strike techniques to use to beat the opponent ?
The basis of boxing shots is the punch. But punching is done with technique, otherwise it can quickly hurt.
Always box in a relaxed way. So it’s in a relaxed way that you’ll bring your fist to the opponent. No need to clench your fist before impact. The trick is to put your strength in your fist just a few moments before typing to avoid using too much force beforehand.
For the punch to be more effective, the entire body weight must be brought back to the fist for more force. The punch must also be quick so that the opponent does not have time to react.
There are many variants with a classic punch, but it is essential for a beginner to master the basic punch well before moving on.
The basic rules for successfully punching is to use all the strength of your body to punch. The feet should rotate at the same time, hence the importance of knowing the basic footwork. The body must remain balanced in any situation and the arm which is not used for the punch must protect the face to avoid a strike during your attack.
Variant of the fist: direct from the left
Also called Jab, the live from the left is one of the first attacks learned by beginner boxers. The Jab is simply to punch with the left arm. For this, it is necessary to have the palm of your hand pointed towards the ground, to strike quickly and safely, then to warn to protect yourself.
As soon as you attack, you have a weak fist: the part that you no longer protect with your striking arm. In addition to surprising the opponent, it is also to protect themselves that it is highly recommended to perform a quick punch.
The direct left can be coupled with a step driven forward to give more power. But beware: do it only if you master the chased step.
In boxing, the direct left, or jab, is known to be one of the most important shots. This strike allows you to attack quickly without exposing yourself too much. It also makes it possible to prepare the ground for a bigger strike to come. Indeed, the already knocked out opponent does not necessarily have time to replace to protect himself from the next blow.
So repeat this movement several times to progress in boxing.
Puncture in boxing: the direct of law
The direct of the right, you will have guessed, strongly resembles the direct left, the only difference is that this blow is much more powerful than the left, when one is right-handed. Also called a right crusader, this blow must be supported by the whole body. It is often used in the sequence with the direct left.
Beginners of boxing rings must keep their arms tight so that it is more efficient and easy. The slightly more experienced boxers will bend their elbow slightly to counter an attack by the opponent, but this requires a little more preparation.
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The left hook to progress
The left hook is not recommended for great beginners but comes quickly to the boxing course program. It is considered a dangerous attack and often knocks out the opponent. Indeed, the left hook is a strike arriving from the side and surprises the opponent. In addition, it turns your head. This is why it can be dangerous.
The left hook is not compulsory given to the head. The boxer can also use this attack movement on other parts of the body. By touching the liver level, the boxer can temporarily paralyze the opponent.
Other poins are considered dangerous as the left uppercut and the right uppercut. The biggest difference in previous techniques is that the palm is moving towards the sky. It makes a kind of hook pushing the opponent’s head backwards. These shots are particularly used at short distance between the two boxers.
Learn to take the blows when you start boxing
The boxer attacks, but must also protect himself from the blows of his opponent. Otherwise, the boxer can be knocked out quickly despite the blows sent.
To defend yourself, it is essential to know the starting position. The fists are then in front of the face, revealing that the eyes.
But it is not the only possible position to protect yourself.
The defense of the head is mainly played by fists covered by boxing gloves. They must then be positioned more or less high according to the blows that we think we will receive.
When it comes to the body, it is the most important actors in your protection. It is essential to keep your elbows as low as possible and try to solidify your arms to protect the trunk.
It is essential to know how to protect yourself in boxing, and especially when you start. As in many sports, attack is just as important as defense.
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