So basically a week ago was my first boxing class and man! it was a hell of traning day! I just realized that all this time in the gym didn’t help me a bit maintain my fitness through the 60 minutes of jumping, crunching, stretching and of course: boxing!
What is exciting about this is that besides watching a whole load of movies about kickboxing and stuff, the amount of workout you do during these 60 minutes are equivalent to my whole week workout!
One important thing I learned out from this experience is Stretch your body and never start your workout without warm up! I mean I don’t start any workout without a minimum of 10 minutes cardio but what I learned about my body after sitting down behind a desk 24/7 is that it is totally ruined! the amount of sore muscles after each workout is promising but it is really bad that I can’y walk sometime!
Anyway! I was a bit behind classes as I joined just last week, however, I needed to make sure that I can keep up with the rest of the guys. Basic techniques is what you need to master. One thing I didn’t like that the coach didn’t put terms to the movements or postures we did but! some research here and there I managed to start with a couple of novice how to along with having my mini routine on the side to keep up with the rest.
To start with, I needed to check that I’m all geared up with the right equipment. They say that all you need is your boxing gloves but after doing some (100!) punches to the bag, my knuckles really hurt and I went ahead and bought Hand Wraps after class.
An important thing would be to learn how to wrap them around your knuckles and avoid blocking your blood circle doing that! You can search Youtube on how to Wrap your hands for beginners. I found this channel and this coach as one of the best to learn how to step by step.
Your Boxing Gloves are the main thing you need 😛 go figure! you’ll need to figure out the right glove size however. You can check your size based on your weight, mine is 12 oz!
Till now, this is all I needed! good pants and shoes to keep you focused on the training and learning the technique.
I’ll update this section if I needed anything else in the future!
Your posture is the most important thing in boxing, if you master it, everything else is practice! The first thing you need to learn is your Footwork. How to place your legs and along them your shoulders is something you need to maintain during every practice. Your legs needs to stay 90 degrees with slight shift to the right. Your shoulders need to stay 11 to 5 o’clock at all times.
Another important technique you will need to learn is how to duck from a bunch. This is called Bobbing and Weaving. TBH, this one was really hard! not only because I’m not fit for Squats! but also, you will need to weave, meaning shifting your waist both sides like you are dancing and I’m a big sucker in dancing!
Nevertheless, it was hard at the beginning to imagine how that technique work but if you break it down into two movements, you can eventually succeed in combining them into a one move! First, focus on bobbing, that’s similar to Somo Squats while maintaining your Footwork posture! once you master this technique the second step is learning how to weave your body from one side to side. You will need to make sure that your whole body along with your shoulder are moving as well. The third step is duck down and move your body left and right, left and right. It is a bit hard in the beginning but slowly you will learn how to move that body 😉
Once you learn how to avoid a bunch you’ll need to learn how to throw one back. There is two main techniques to focus on now: a Jab and a Hook.
When you throw a Jab, you’ll need to focus on keeping your head straight, your footwork in position, left first and the right behind, you through a straight punch in your left hand by moving your shoulder from 11 o’clock position to 12 o’clock and hit hard. Keep your head low, your hands up protecting your face and your left leg moving along.
On the other hand, when you throw a Hook, you will focus on your right hand with 90 degree bend, weave your right shoulder to 12 o’clock and move your right leg. Put your entire power in that punch when you weave or rotate your hip.
Thus far, this is what I’ve learned in my first day! let’s see what’s coming my way in the coming class and I’ll keep you updated!
Happy Boxing! 🥊