- Work on developing a steady flowing rhythm. Flow smoothly from offense to defense, one combination to another, punching to footwork. Work on develop a nice calm fighting rhythm in your fighter. Holding the mitts is not about suddenly yelling out combinations and having the fighter throw as fast and hard as possible.
How do you hold a boxing pad?
The pads should be held in line with puncher’s face so they are not over-reaching or hitting the pads at an odd angle, risking a wrist injury. The puncher’s midline should be in line with the target so hold the pads close together. This enables a combination of punches, left and right, to land in the same place.
How do you hold a pad for body shots?
The mitts should be angled inward slightly. For hooks, turn the pad inward so that it is almost perpendicular to your body. Hold it at about eye-height for head shots or at rib height for body shots. For uppercuts, the pad should face the ground, though you can angle it up slightly.
Is holding pads a workout?
Pad holding is a form of art and if done properly it is as if you are recreating a fight. It is one of the best workouts you can get as a student or fighter. Many professional fighters in boxing, Muay Thai, and MMA incorporate pads in their training regimen.
What can I use instead of boxing pads?
For direct punching workouts, you can simply use sofa cushions, or the top half of an easy chair. Any thick, padded surface with some stability beneath or underneath can work as a heavy-bag replacement if you apply a little ingenuity.
What should you focus on when boxing?
Here are some pointers for keeping yourself present during a match and concentrating on your boxing strategy:
- Focus on the movement of your opponent.
- Keep your breathing steady.
- Trust your instincts.
- Listen, don’t hear.
- Corner time.
- Execute first.
- Keep answering questions.