BE QUICK TO THE PUNCH DEFENCE DRILLS
PT / 10.2017 FORM MASTERCLASS Striking is but half the battle – keeping your guard under pressure is critical to performance. Try these three drills with a partner in your next sparring session
A good punch comes from a solid setup – starting with your feet. “If you’re off balance, everything else is affected,” says Logan. Keep your feet slightly wider than shoulderwidth, your front leg facing 12 o’clock and back leg at 2 o’clock. “Distribute your weight 60% on your back leg to 40% on your front. That way, when you throw a punch with your opposite hand, there’s more weight behind it”. Weight means power.
Ignore the pressure and try to relax. With your backhand up protecting your jaw, keep your jabbing arm and shoulder loose. “Only your fist should be tight,” says Logan. Use the large muscles in your back to create the force and twist your wrist as you punch. Be careful not to overextend.
The jab isn’t just a setup for haymaking power punches. When used correctly, it is the most dangerous weapon in your boxing artillery