what exactly is shadow boxing? i have a mirror ( and access to a shadow, hehe ) but i dunno how to box using them
I was just thinking about this last night.
I promised you a summary of some shit you can do to help you learn to box, then got caught up in my own life
last night i was trying to remember who it was that had asked about it.
let me go see what i can find online thats good, theres a few books on it too. I had it much easier as my dad was a aboxer for several years, I had personal in person help when I decided to learn. There really is no substitute for that. you can read all the shit ya want about proper form and conditionoining but with out someone to watch you and tell you what your doing wrong its a crap shoot as to you doing it right. Im right handed, it took me months working wiht my left to throw what I thought was a good cross or jab or hook, only to be working on the heavy bag one day when my dad was around and betold it looked like shitf and was ineffective and left me open to getting knocked on my ass. Boxing is an art and a dance, and a bitch bastard to learn very well with out someone who knows what they are doing to help you.
witha short look I found some good shit:
tips from a pro
If you are into boxing you know the name everlast. Everlast makes some of the best equipment I have used and is the leader in boxing, on thier web page they have videos you can buy, all the equipment you need, and what training equipment you need.
as to what shadow boxing is I dont really know how to explain it so I used wiki to do it for me, you can find what they say, here.
I highly reccomend watching as much boxing as you can, pay attention to what the fighters do and not so much to whos winning, watch the way they throw a punch, it starts at the toes and extends thru the whole body. watch how they cover and how they slip. as great as it is in tv, look into local gyms, they alwyas have fights were the public can come watch for a few bucks.
Here I used to sit in on tuesday night fights for one of the local gyms and I think it was like 3 bucks to watch the fights.
once a year 2 hours away they do a tourney and on rarer occasions they have had some pros doing exibitions there.
Once I paid about 100 bucks for a ticket and drove 7 hours to see Oscar "Golden Boy" Delahoya fight in Vegas.
That would of been around 98 I think. great fucking fight but with the cheaper seats it wasnt that great a view of the ring side.
Theres a fight coming up soon, one of my faves, the boys a fucking fighter, comes to fight and never disapoints, hes also a bleeder and is normally bretty fucked up by the 2nd bell.
Hes a candien and has lived in jersey for years. a while back he got fucking stabbed in a brawl, watch him fight and you can see the huge scar across his back, his boxing kicked in and he ducked the knife but got a big ass cut across his traps and back.
He went with mixkey ward 3 times, those are three of the greatest fights I ever saw in my fucking life!
Who is the bastard ya say?
Arturo Gatti. you can check his shit out Here
I dunno what weight calss your in, but try to watch fighters from about the same as you.
the lighter ones know how to fight, how to slip, how to move and have better footwork. Heavys rely alot more so on size and being able to take a punch then the unsung little bastards that get in the ring and mix it up.
Anyways, if you wnat to fight, watch Gatti, hes a fucking artist , but a bleeder. he fights on July 22. He is going to be facing Carlos-Baldomir. From what I know of the two, should be one hell of a fight.
Let's agree to respect each others views, no matter how wrong yours may be.
Definately the best thing to do is find a friend and box with them. You honestly cannot learn to box well until you're having punches thrown at you.
You can spend a year on a punching bag, and you won't learn half as much as one week with a partner.
You don't need to go hard, but just either pull short of hitting or just a tap. It'll certainly make you move and learn to avoid being hit.
Not only that, but when you attempt to strike, you are opening up your guard. Boxing someone means that when you strike, you also give them a better chance to get one on you. The end result is that you start to learn to only throw punches when you either know you'll land them, or you'll start to throw punches and be able to dodge anything that they throw back.
It's like chess - you think about each move that you make. If you go hell for leather throwing punches, you're giving them too many opportunities to get through your guard. You make each move count.
Bag training and shadow boxing will only bring up your fitness, but doesn't do much for technique. It can actually teach you bad techniques - as you tend to become too 'free' with your punches, rather than calculating whether each punch you throw will be worth it.