Do you ever close your eyes or jerk around when you’re about to get hit? This is a natural response. Some people even say you can never fully “stop” it. However, with enough training and discipline, you can dramatically reduce your flinch response, or even use it to your advantage.
Styles make fights, and the best style is a versatile one. Yet, every boxer has a natural style–tendencies in their game that ideally maximizes their strengths and minimizes their weaknesses. Your opponent (or you) will resort to one of these four basic types of styles and their accompanying guards.
AIBA Coaches Manual (2011)
AIBA Pro Boxing Coaches Manual (2013)
But for obvious factors, there are a number of reasons boxing may be less safe or more risky than other sports. Even throwing a punch may dislocate your shoulder…
It goes without saying that anyone who calls himself/herself a boxer must have sparred at least once. Arguably, the most important skills in boxing are acquired only through sparring. To put it simply: a boxer who doesn’t spar is like a track athlete who doesn’t run.
If you are entering collegiate boxing, you may ask yourself how much time do I need to prepare for competition, how do I train for the match, what kind of shape do I need to be in to compete. I will address all these questions in this article.