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Old 11-04-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default I can't translate my heavybag, mitt, and double end bag work into sparring

I can't translate my heavybag, mitt, and double end bag work into sparring. It's frustrating me, I've only been boxing 5 weeks, but in sparring I'm so nervous and jittery, and I can't focus or concentrate, and if I see punches coming I close my eyes and I get afraid to throw punches. I've been working hard in training, coming to the gym on a regular basis, and I do well on the heavybag, I have a good jab and right hand and can throw combinations, I'm slipping punches and throwing them on the double end bag, but I just can't read punches coming and I forget everything I learned in sparring.
I don't know what to do about it because I really want my hard work to translate, I took a lot of shots in 4 rounds of sparring tonight but still, I just don't have the nerves for boxing yet, I can't remain calm, and I already know I can take a shot.
I just want to get good at boxing and I work hard for it and it's just not translating over. What do I need to do?
And due to my lack of performing in sparring I don't think I'll be fighting in November 21, which may not be a bad thing.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: I can't translate my heavybag, mitt, and double end bag work into sparring

Your first goal is to get comfortable dude so your muscles are relaxed and your brain clear. And the only way to achieve that is TIME and Effort.

Takes months of repitions before you really start getting it, at least for most guys.

Thats it, don't outhink yourself, these things have to become muscle memory you can't try and conciously do it.


So just understand that feeling uncomfortable and not doing well means your probably progressing just fine.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:53 AM   #3
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Try shadowboxing with a partner. Pretend that your in a bout and try to aim for their openings but dont make contact. It is just like shadowboxing in the mirror except with another person also throwing punches. It will improve your balance and form and it will get you used to having a live target in front of you. You can also practice your defense with this.
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:02 AM   #4
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when you get in the ring, use tight guard and take a few punches on the guard, you'll see that it doest hurt if you keep hands tight while taking shots....this supposed to give you confidence, so you wont be closing your eyes or turning your head away when punches are thrown at you....its always in the back of my head that I can cover up anytime during the session and fight at my own pace
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Old 11-05-2009, 09:21 AM   #5
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when you get in the ring, use tight guard and take a few punches on the guard, you'll see that it doest hurt if you keep hands tight while taking shots....this supposed to give you confidence, so you wont be closing your eyes or turning your head away when punches are thrown at you....its always in the back of my head that I can cover up anytime during the session and fight at my own pace
thats good advice, im new aswell Boxingwizard just try and clear your head be totally focused and work on doing certain things while sparring then critique your performance afterand look at specific things you need to improve on, well thats what i do anyway.
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Old 11-05-2009, 04:09 PM   #6
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I've been boxing 16 years and can't hit people like I hit the bag. ...... I think its because they aren't a bag or something.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:29 PM   #7
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Thats cuz bags dont hit back, once you get past the nerves and get more comfortable in the ring it translates. My old trainer Merhav Mohar put me in the ring with this guy my first sparring session who had boxed 3 years already. Man my nerves killed me, I wasnt slipping jabbing or anything the first 2 rounds, plus he busted my nose. After I calmed down and got my second wind I saw punches coming, hooked off my jab and noticed he dropped his left after every jab. I got the best of him the last 3 rounds but the first two he gave me hell. Just calm down and dont think too much thats the main thing, just react and worry about what you should do.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:12 PM   #8
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when you spar its important not to be afraid to try new things. If you dont try new things you will never get better. Thats why its not necessary to punch so damn hard, your not supposed to get knocked out or hurt in sparring. Of course when your training for a fight you have to go hard so you get used to it.
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Old 11-09-2009, 01:30 AM   #9
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It's important to learn basic footwork, defense, offense, counterattack skills slowly and correctly as to retain them. Each one takes time to learn and make permanent in your sparring. This is a longer process than just getting in the ring and sparring and hoping for the best but it is a much better one. Make sure you have a good coach that has proper drills for you to teach you intricacies of sparring. Bag work and sparring are very different animals. You have to learn proper drills for skills to translate. No drill=No skill. Poor drill=Poor skill.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:17 AM   #10
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I've been boxing 16 years and can't hit people like I hit the bag. ...... I think its because they aren't a bag or something.
exactly
.i was sugar ray robinson on the heavy bag and randy turpin on the pads.
in sparring and in actual fights i couldn't land my left hook as i would have liked because unlike the bag ,opponents have legs
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:16 AM   #11
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start slow. stay in good guard and stance. let the guy do what they want or get an experienced fighter to go through the moves slower. start simple i.e. parrying, jabbing then up your game, look for the straight, hook etc

i think jeff also highlight a glaringly obvious issue.
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Old 11-09-2009, 04:11 PM   #12
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Perfectly normal mate. I've been sparring more than I've been doing bag work for quite a while, and I'm starting to dislike the bag because punching it is nothing like punching an opponent.
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Old 11-09-2009, 08:22 PM   #13
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You have only been boxing 5 weeks mate, just relax, these things take time. I've been boxing/thai boxing for 10 years now and i still cant get my rythm some times. The heavy bag doesn't hit back.
You have to be calm when under attack, and this takes time. Keep working hard and it will all come naturally.
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