Sparring Critique

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by dylianshyte, Apr 26, 2022.

  1. dylianshyte

    dylianshyte New Member Full Member

    Apr 26, 2022
    I'm the guy in the black T shirt

    Recording isn't allowed at my gym so I had to film outside, which is annoying since I couldn't back him up and was forced to fight at range with the taller guy.

    I know I'm not very good but just looking for advice/criticism so I can improve.

    Also any tips on increasing hand speed? My punches look slow asf on camera

  2. Pat M

    Pat M Active Member Full Member

    Jun 20, 2017
    I assume you are the guy in the black t-shirt? The most obvious flaw I noticed was that you don't keep your elbows "in." That affects your power, defense, and maybe your hand speed too? Try keeping your elbows against your body for awhile and see if your power and speed get better. With your elbows out like that you will be mostly an "arm puncher." You mostly keep your feet beneath you and you move well. You'll get better with experience.

    Your sparring partner throws an uppercut while coming forward, he doesn't change levels when going to the body, and he lifts the rear heel high instead of pivoting it when he throws the right hand. Sometimes he doesn't keep any weight on the rear foot and lifts the foot completely off of the ground. He also reacts to feints to the body by bringing both hands down to block the punch.

    Just some things you can work on, I don't know how long you have been training, but there are always things to improve in boxing. If you train for 40 years you'll still be learning.
  3. dylianshyte

    dylianshyte New Member Full Member

    Apr 26, 2022
    Yeah I'm the guy in black

    Thanks a lot for the advice bro, I'll definitely be sure to keep my elbows in from now on.
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  4. Devon

    Devon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    You’re throwing at the right times, and you’re timing his punches right, it’s just your hand positioning, move your hands about in a rhythmic fashion and feint to make them guess and it makes it harder for them to time your punches because it makes it harder the difference from the hand movements/ feints and the actual punches just be more fluid and bring your elbows a bit lower
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  5. Rakesh

    Rakesh Active Member Full Member

    Jul 6, 2021
    Some people have naturally blinding speed and some are just naturally slower then others, but that doens't mean its impossible.

    When I was younger I worked on my explosiveness with resistance bands on my arms, its a solid way to increase speed.

    Another weird way for me was thinking about "speed", when punching the bag I would just think in my mind punch faster, punch faster.

    For the sparring, settle down when you throw your punches, don't smother your work, make sure to stay loose and never be stiff, be open to practice combinations in sparring other than one specific move like the jab, work on them from the heavy bag.

    Just my 2 cents, hope it helps.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2022
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  6. captain hook

    captain hook Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Thinking about speed really helps, that's my way to do it along with exercises for explosiveness..
  7. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    I know you’re not going all-out here, so it’s hard to tell, but your punches don’t look very explosive — more pawing. I’d like to see a bit of hip rotation with the jab … there’s nothing behind it, just extending your arm.

    I’d advise working the bag to try to really pop it by aiming for a spot a couple of inches behind the surface of the bag — punch through the target, not playing tag with it. Your right seems to be a little more crisp in this regard. I think keeping your elbows in will help with the jab.

    Main thing I noticed — and you’re a beginner, so it’s not expected that everything is perfect — is that you often kind of bring your left back too slowly and you kind of loop it low instead of bringing it straight back the way it came. Like if you jab at the head, the left kind of comes back in a downward arc. If I had someone going against you, I’d be telling them to counter with the right every time you threw the left.

    Your footwork and balance look pretty good for a beginning and you do mind keeping your hands up, those are good things upon which to build.

    Main thing — listen to your coach. He’s the one who sees you every day. He’s going to work on things he sees that you can’t see and how to correct them. And he’ll do it in what order he sees fit or thinks is best — you can’t try to fix 11 problems in one workout.

    When I trained boxers, they’d sometimes get frustrated because we’d work on footwork and stance and hand placement until i thought all that was good enough to worry about punching — I’d let them hit the bag but I didn’t pay much attention to how they were doing it if they couldn’t get their stance or footwork right (and of course everybody thinks it’s all about punching, that’s what they want to do, but I believed in laying a foundation so that when we taught punching they’d be positioned right and know how to get in and out of range, have their hands and elbows right, etc). That was my way.
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  8. dylianshyte

    dylianshyte New Member Full Member

    Apr 26, 2022
    In terms of hip rotation when throwing the jab, wouldn't I have to take on a more square stance to be able to rotate? I find it hard to rotate when I'm standing less square if that makes sense

    Thanks for pointing out that I bring my left back in a loop, I've never actually realized that I do it; now that I see it, it looks so bad. I'll definitely try to correct it from now on.

    The problem with my gym is that there are so many people who come to the sessions that we barely get any 1 on 1 time with the trainers. So most of the session is spent doing drills with others with not much feedback
  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Keep outworking everyone and you’ll get attention. Make yourself stand out with your work habits.

    You don’t have to be square to put some forward rotation into your hip when you jab. Do it in front of a mirror in slow motion and you can see what I mean — start in your normal stance and as your jab extends rotate your hip forward as your shoulder goes forward (so you’re not pulling against your own body). In short, if you’re facing the mirror, when your jab is at full extension your belly button should be facing the wall to your right. Then rotate it back to normal position.

    That’s how we taught it to beginners so it’s not just a pawing arm punch. Of course there are a ton of variations on the jab and over time you’ll want to master more than one of them.
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