Shadow Boxing
Shadow Boxing

After learning the basic punches and footwork, you can begin to practice one of the oldest training methods in boxing: Shadowboxing. Shadowboxing is a great way to study and improve your form and should never be underestimated. In your boxer's stance, practice moving in all four directions: forward, back and side-to-side. Next, incorporate some jabs with your steps. Throw your left jab as you step in with your left leg. Remember: boxers never really stand completely still. Basically there are two styles. There's the long rhythm, which is a kind of a back and forth bouncing, in between throwing punches. The short rhythm is more of a flat-footed, side-to-side movement that involves moving the head and shoulders.

Shadow Boxing

Important points to remember:

Always have a mental picture or your opponent. See the punches coming at you, and yours landing. Slip and move. Shadowbox slowly when necessary. If a specific combination is giving you trouble, isolate and shadowbox through it in slow motion before resuming your more rigorous overall pace.

Use the mirror as a reference tool:

If your technique isn't correct in front of the mirror—where you can see it—it won't be right on the heavy bag or in the ring.


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