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Boxing Tips and Techniques

Boxing tips and techniques ranging from beginner to advanced that will help develop boxing skill and strategy.

Sometimes it just takes one boxing tip or trick to turn a fight to your favour.

Hopefully you're able to add one or two of these boxing tips and techniques to your arsenal. Contact Coach Aaron if you have a boxing tip or technique that you think should be listed here.


Boxing Tip #20: Knowing When to Cover Up

Once upon a time, there was a boxer named Jim.  Jim loved boxing and would train up to 3 hours a day, working hard on his conditioning and generally turning himself into a hell of a fighter.  Jim knew he was good, in shape, and decided to reward himself with a vacation -- a couple weeks cruising the Caribbean.

Jim will be the first one to tell you that a cruise quickly turns into a battle of who can be the bigger slug.  With food everywhere, the most exercise you get is walking ten steps from bar to eatery to pool and back again.  Sure there is a fitness room, but Jim wasn't there to workout.  He was there to relax, drink himself silly, and eat whatever he wanted -- and he did just that.

By the end of the vacation, Jim had thoroughly indulged himself, enjoyed himself, and was ready to get back in the gym. On returning home, there was a message waiting for him -- his coach had setup a fight  -- the catch -- it was in three days.

32 Boxing Tips to Use in the Ring

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Every boxing match is unique - therefore there are no special tricks for controlling the flow of every fight.

Learning to control a fight or solve problems you encounter in the ring comes down to experience. The more time you spend in the ring - sparring and fighting - the more comfortable you'll get being in that combat situation. The better you will be able to pick up the subtle cues of combat and respond appropriately.

That said, I promised you 32 techniques. These are generally tried and true strategems or principles to keep in mind when you step through the ropes:

Boxing Tip #21: Become a Patient Swarmer

Yesterday as I was hitting the heavy bag, I had one of those “aha” moments – an epiphany of sorts. In particular, I was drilling slipping a 1-2 followed by a counter punch sequence 3-2.

Becoming a Better Swarmer?
Become a Better Swarmer
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After a few minutes of this, it occurred to me that this might be a more sane way of boxing.

You see, in terms of boxing styles, I’m a swarmer. Always have been and probably always will be. My legs just naturally carry me towards my opponent, whether I like it or not – which really sucks when I’m tired but definitely makes for more exciting fights. This constant pressure on my opponents is desirable, but it never comes without risk.

Boxing Tip #23: How to See Punches

Dennis recently asked a question:


Is the Hand Quicker than the Eye?Picture by Son of Groucho

Is it possible to explain how the hand is quicker than the eye and how to deal with the punch you cannot see coming? Your defense must be good of course but how do you take advantage of this physiological fact? I assume that combinations and power punching produce this knock out punch.

It's a great question, so for everyone's benefit, let's break this into two parts:

Boxing Tip #14: Jab Fake

Similar to how I learned the Jab Tap, I learned this technique the hard way - glove to face in the ring.

Connecting with the left hook

Connecting with the left hook

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When I first started boxing, I tended to hold my hands just below eye level. That's not necessarily a bad habit, but my trainer had a hay day with it.

In the beginning, being new to the sport, I didn't have the skill or reflexes to bring my hands up to catch, parry or block what seemed like lightning bolt jabs coming from my trainer. He easily came through my mixed boxing guard - over and over again.

Boxing Tip #13: How to Get Out of the Corner

Sooner or later you are going to find yourself trying to battle out of a corner.

In the Corner by Michael (Mx5tx)
In the Corner
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The boxing ring has four of them and if your opponent is any good at controlling the ring, you're going to find yourself back against the turnbuckle with no avenue of escape.

This is where you want to put your opponent - so it's only logical to reason that he or she is going to try and put you there as well.

First and foremost, stay out of the corners. Control the fight. If you don't let yourself get in the situation then you don't have to deal with it.

Boxing Tip #12: Understanding Weight Transfer and Flow

Every movement in one direction results in an adjustment in the opposite direction.


What Punch Do You Think is Next?
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That adjustment creates a natural expected flow as a result of any movement to re-position the boxer's weight distribution.

The technique below opened my eyes and finally made me understand the whole concept of weight transfer and flow.

As I worked through this combination a light bulb went on and I completely understood how one movement or punch puts you in position for another. Maybe it was the explanation at the time, or maybe I was just open to understanding that day, but I hope I can do this justice and give you the same light bulb moment.

Boxing Tip #11: Clinching

If you've watched a boxing match, then I'm 99% sure you've seen clinching in action. It happens in every fight and to someone who doesn't know any better - it's annoying as hell because it breaks up the action.


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Clinching is an essential part of your competitive game so if you're aiming to become a competitive boxer, you have to understand clinching: when to clinch, how to clinch, what to do in a clinch, and how to get out of a clinch.

Why do boxers clinch?

There are usually two reasons boxers clinch. One is because the boxers are tired and they think they have no other choice. The other is because one of the boxers is getting pummelled and needs to stop the onslaught.

Boxing Tip #10: How to Box a Taller Fighter

Unless you're taller than average yourself - eventually you are going to find yourself matched up with someone you literally have to look up to. Boxing a taller opponent has some unique challenges.

The tall opponent will usually have a significant reach advantage, longer legs, and a target area that is not where you are used to hitting.

What does that mean for you and how do you deal with it?

  1. The longer arms of a taller opponent means you are within his striking distance before he is in yours. Chances are he knows this too. I don't want to generalize too much, but tall fighters can easily adopt a boxing style where they keep their distance

Boxing Tip #9: Stop Losing Fights Before You Lose the Fight

Imagine the biggest, scariest, fastest, most ripped, super aggressive fighter you can think of, multiply him by a thousand and then put him in the opposite corner from you. Picture him sitting on that stool coldly staring at you, penetrating your very soul.


Face Fear and Win

Imagine him standing just waiting for the bell to ring so he can run over and pummel you with everything he's got. Every breath he takes causes every muscle to bulge and twitch with eager anticipation of what he is about to do to you.

Raise your level of anxiety just a little bit?

Well, here's a secret - no matter who you fight, the worst opponent will never be the one sitting across the ring from you.

The worst is inside of you - by a long shot. If you don't win the fight going on in your head before you step in the ring - you'll lose long before the bell actually rings.