A lot of heart, OK boxing IQ but fundamentals not strong enough?

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  1. aaalbert

    aaalbert Well-Known Member Full Member

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    As the title suggests, have any of you ever experienced this or know someone who has?

    Some of you may remember me from this thread (
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    ) and in there, I talked about how my trainer/owner of the place wasn't teaching me anything and how I was really only there to hit the heavy bag and skip (or so I felt).

    Anyway, long story short, due to me changing jobs, I had to move to another city and in the process, had to switch gyms. I've been going there now for about 5-6 months and I gotta say, it's like 180 degrees different than the last place. Place is a bit smaller and due to the location there aren't a ton of members but there are a lot of loyal members that go everyday.

    Now, here's where I'm struggling a bit. Because of the situation I was in in my last gym, I picked up so many bad habits and nobody really (or rarely) pointed them out. I just kept going while watching some online videos to learn but as you all know, even with the best videos out there, someone has to see you to critique you. Anyway, nothing like that ever happened, but the one good thing I guess you can say from that gym was that I always did (light) sparring and sometimes real sparring with people with roughly the same experience and I did at the time. I learned quite a bit as far as my ring IQ was concerned, even though my form most likely wasn't good.

    At this new gym, because of this experience, my trainer there let's me do light sparring with a lot of the members there and even encourages it. He likes my awkward style I guess and wants people to get used to it. Although this is true and in this sense I'm much better than the others, the other members absolutely kill me in form and looking more proper in shadow boxing/footwork/bag work.

    My trainer is actually working with me in this and is trying to fix my mistakes/form and wants me to have good overall fundamentals down. He actually does mitts with me and everyone every time I go, watches me shadow box, critiques me, has me doing drills, even when everybody is already gone, like I said, completely different from my old gym.

    My question is, how hard is it to get rid of really bad habits at this point? Any advice?

    I feel that I am improving but at a snails pace compared to the other guys there but, I am enjoying it.

    I know I shouldn't hurry because if I do, I'll just shoot myself in the foot, but having some difficulty breaking old habits and resort to them constantly.

    Any advice is appreciated.
     
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  2. Official Scorecard

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    Just stick to it, doesn't matter how hard it MAY be as long as you are serious about correcting the bad habits. Unless you are looking for an excuse to give up. The repetition is unbeatable, once your brain breaks the bad habits, the new habits would became automatic to you, so don't worry bro.
     
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    By the way, from which city & country are you?
     
  4. PaddyGarcia

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    As dude above says, just keep repeating as often as you can. Mental as it sounds, I always try to tweak little bits when shadow boxing even when the ****ing kettle is boiling for a coffee. You can't do the right thing too many times
     
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    aaalbert Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Hey thanks guys!
    Alright, I'll just continue to stick with it until I can't make any mistakes anymore.

    Repetition and practice, practice, practice!

    and..
    I'm a (Mexican) American living in Osaka Japan:)
     
  6. DJN16

    DJN16 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Practise doesn't always make perfect however it can make permanent.

    This is why most fighters need a coach looking over them. Bad habits can be picked up when training alone.

    Keep up the good work however make sure a qualified coach is looking over you when you can.
     
  7. aaalbert

    aaalbert Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Thanks alot for that and I agree, and that's what got me in trouble in the first place.
    I will continue to work hard, listen to my coach and do what I can when I'm by myself.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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