B O X I N G
Boxing has been called a dance of the minds. A fighter has only his or her own body to rely on: no teammates, no equipment, no stopping. This sport does not allow room for any BS... Letting up for even one second can lead to your loss. The constant work of anticipating the opponent's move and plotting your own takes extreme mental and physical strength, two of our many reasons to start. And even though teamwork is an amazing thing, there is power in knowing that you'll be just fine if you only have yourself.
J A B P U N C H
This is the most commonly used punch in boxing. The jab comes from the lead side of your body (whichever foot is forward). All your movement and power comes from your arm here.
As you punch, rotate your fist inward so that your palm ends up facing down toward the floor.
Immediately bring your fist back in a straight line to the side of your face.
Do not lock out your elbow
Do not lift your elbow up before you throw punch
Your opposite hand-whichever fist you're not moving- should never leave the side of your face
Although your body will slightly project forward as you punch, at this point don't step forward or backward. That's a different punch you'll learn as you continue your boxing practice!
U P P E R C U T
This is one of the most powerful punches in the boxer's arsenal and can be thrown with either hand.
Using the fist farthest from your opponent and with your shoulders hunched slightly forward, bend your knees so your body dips down about 3 to 4 inches. Keep fists close to face.
Begin to drop your back fist as you simultaneously swing upward and outward so that it leaves the side of your face. The palm of your fist ends up facing you, knuckles end up facing the ceiling on the upswing.
Stop your punch about head height. Any higher and your pace will slow down.
Don't forget to bend your knees - you want to fire your leg muscles at the same time as you punch. The rest will come from your core.
10 REASONS TO START BOXING:
4. WEIGHT LOSS
7. MUSCLE TONE
10. CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH