BOXING 101


   

STANCE

Orthodox (right handed)

Standing with your feet side by side, take one shoulder width step back with your right foot placing your heel on what would be the center line between your feet. Now pivot your lead heel outwards so that your lead foot makes a 45 degree angle to the center line. Keep your weight on the pads of your feet, lift your right heel off the ground and bend your knees. Drop your chin, relax your Shoulders, bring your hands to your face, and rotate your palms inwards to match your jawline.

Southpaw (left handed)

Follow the same steps as above beginning with stepping back with your left foot.


JAB
The #1 most important weapon in boxing

  • Keeping the rest of your body still, extend your lead fist straight forward
  • Exhale sharply as you punch, rotating the fist to land with the palm down
  • Pull the hand back immediately after impact
  • Jab to the body by bending your knees and waist slightly as you jab

*** Try throwing a jab with a forward step (aka “step jab”)

CROSS
Your strongest punch

  • Rotate your hips and upper body forward as you pivot your rear foot (about 90 degrees)
  • Exhale sharply as you extend your rear fist straight out from your chin
  • Rotate the fist to land with your palm down
  • Do not let your head lean past your front knee

When combined, the jab and right cross become known as the basic but incredibly useful 1-2 combination.

HOOK
LEAD HOOK - A dangerous power punch

  • Thrown with your lead hand
  • Lift and pivot your lead heel forward (about 90 degrees) as you drop and plant your rear heel
  • Rotate your body as one solid block when you pivot your feet
  • As you start your rotation, simultaneously lift your lead elbow until your arm is parallel with the ground while opening your elbow, driving your fist into the side of your target
  • Land with your palm facing you


REAR HOOK
UPPERCUT
LEAD UPPERCUT – Dangerous short-to-long-range punch

  • Rotate your body just like a lead hook (don’t lean forward or backward)
  • With your elbow pointing down, drop your left fist slightly and swing it upwards as you exhale.
  • Land the punch with your palm facing up.
  • Keep this punch compact and recover to your stance quickly

*** You can throw this punch straight or curved, and to the head or body.



REAR UPPERCUT – Dangerous short-to-long-range punch

  • Rotate your body just like a right cross (don’t lean forward or backward)
  • With your elbow pointing down, drop your rear fist slightly and swing it upwards as you exhale.
  • Land the punch with the palm facing up.
  • Keep this punch compact and recover to your stance quickly