1. Luf

    Luf Well-Known Member

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    Because I'm still a beginner I only go to the boxing gym on Tuesday and Thursday (advanced classes on other day that I eventually progress to).

    So atm I work mainly on punching form/technique, footwork and combinations.

    I try to shadow box every day to give me a bit of an edge when I get back in the gym, working specifically on what I've been taught.

    So since Thurs I've spent twenty minutes a day practicing the following

    A) 1-2 roll
    B) 1-2 left hook
    C) Cross- right hook

    Does anyone else shadow box on a near daily basis and does this change the more experience you get? I've been going twice a week since April barring a two week period when I had a knee injury. My main focus until the last few week has been fitness but now as I say, I'm working more on technique.
     
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    One to watch Well-Known Member

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    I am a novice myself who is working up to fighting.

    I believe shadow boxing in front of a mirror is imperative as you will learn how to throw shots,use your feet and hips and punching technique.
     
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    Luf Well-Known Member

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    yeah I'm always trying to improve my footwork and form in front of the mirror!
     
  4. NVSemin

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    I am back to boxing after a pause in few years, trying to rethink why it did not work that well in the beginning...
    I trained like you basically, now I do 30 min shadowboxing daily, working on basic punches, combos, movements separately now
    I believe this is the only way to develop the skill right
     
  5. greynotsoold

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    There is a difference between 'shadow-boxing' and watching yourself in the mirror to check your technique. I would suggest that, when you are checking your technique, you also be hitting something, so you can feel when it is right, not just see it. In case your eye is off; you did say you are new to this, right? Guys like James Toney and Pernell Whitaker, Tommy Loughran and many more watched everything they did in the mirror. Hitting the bags, all of it.
    When you shadow-box, you are fighting an opponent. he punches, you slip, counter, move, etc.. just like a real fight, at real speed. there is a difference there. Of course, you can (and should) watch this in the mirror as well. This is how you know what an opponent sees when he sees you. That is how you learn to expect, and counter, his reaction.
    But shadow boxing and checking technique in the mirror are different things. As you learn more you'll see.
     
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    This is a great comment. One thing is - there is no need to use the mirror nowadays, in most cases (expect probably when practicing punches), it is better to film yourself and watch in replay. From what I see, half people are lazy, second half just film for attention, not constructive feedback
     
  7. Luf

    Luf Well-Known Member

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    what I'm doing is slow motion at home then when I think I've got my movements right I try at full speed or after a few jabs etc. In the gym we shadow box by moving around pretending to box as you say.

    I'm mainly on about technique watching though.
     
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    Film is a great tool. I wouldn't abandon the mirror for one reason; split second reaction. When your opponent sees what you are doing, what, is his first reaction going to be? That is the one you are working with, if that makes sense? I used to put kids, just starting out, in front of the mirror and tell them "Pretend you are fighting that guy. Where would you hit him?"
     
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    That slo-motion thing is a lot about feel. Get your weight turned, then twist through it, violently. Pretending to box gets a lot easier after you have boxed a bit and have something to visualize.
    Something you 100% for sure do not want to neglect...learn to sync the movements of your hands and feet. Lead hand with lead foot, rear hand with rear foot. This is essential if you ever plan on getting into punching range and, once there, punching effectively. We talked some time back about bob and weave moves and so on, same thing.
     
  10. Luf

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    I remember that it came in very handy thanks.

    When I'm on front of the mirror now I'm more about putting my punches together whilst keeping a tight defence were possible. I do lots in slow motion watching my feet and seeing which part of me is left exposed. Then I'll do a few versions quickly trying to make it fluid. From there I can work it on the bag and then have the acid test in sparring.

    The difference is incredible though, sparring is so much more intense than bag work and it's a lot more reactionery as punches are being thrown at me. In sparring I have most success with straight punches and I'm not able to weave and hook yet in sparring. Something i need to continually work on, but as i say I've only been doing this since April.
     
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    Watch your shoulders. Got to turn them with your punches, and, if you do it right, your shoulders are your defense. Keep your elbows tight, chin in.
     
  12. Luf

    Luf Well-Known Member

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    cheers mate. I'm not too bad at covering up when being attacked now but I still leave shit loads of openings when sparring. In real fights I'd have been ktfo a few times now.
     
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    Shadow box every time you're at the gym.
    Twice a week only may be very counter-productive.
     
  14. Luf

    Luf Well-Known Member

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    Gutted.

    Turns out my knee injury is a ruptured ACL. Best estimate I'm out for 6-9 months. Gonna keep my upper body strength up as much as possible and start boxing again when I regain my leg muscle.
     
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    All the time.
     
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    Luf Well-Known Member

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    Knee still fucked so can't really shadow box.

    Hopefully cartliage damage so might be out for two week after surgery.
     
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    Good luck with that man.
     
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    Luf Well-Known Member

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    Cheers bro
     
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    I do it in every training session, 3 rounds of shadow boxing first, then I start all the rest.
     
  20. ayazil

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    I think everyone from this field always try to do shadow boxing to get more edge.. I suggest you to try your shadow boxing infornt of mirror there you would gain more grip on your footwork and combination
     
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