Originally Posted by Libertine
I didnt really know what i was doing with shadowboxing until i had sparred, but yeah now i know what im supposed to be doing its great
Same here. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't really "visualize" my opponent while shadowboxing at first. It's probably because up until that point I've never had an opponent, so my shadowboxing seemed more robotic and drill-based. It's amazing how much more natural it felt after just one sparring session, and how much it continues to improve the more I spar. I think shadowboxing inside the ring helped me a lot more with the visualization than sparring in front of a mirror too.
I decided to record myself shadowboxing today to see if I can pick up on any mistakes or areas that need improvement. It's the first time I've ever seen myself box and I've already noticed some bad habits that I never knew I had.