We’ve all been there! After the “high” of your first boxing classes, the beginner excitement dies down and you start noticing all your deficiencies. But don’t give up now! Get the beginner mistakes resolved and you’ll be holding your own against the “intermediate” guys in no time!

Too much upper body focus

All body movements should use your upper and lower body!
Punches will require leg movements. Small head movements will require small twitches in your hips and knees. Footwork will require upper body movement. Think about it…how weird would it feel to run without moving your arms? Or how about swimming using only arms but not legs? It just doesn’t feel right!

Not using the eyes

Beginners have a huge problem with using their eyes because they don’t feel comfortable! You have to train your eyes to see punches. We flinch and brace ourselves when we sense danger. Our eyes then close as a way of protecting ourselves. Unfortunately, in boxing, that instinct is counter-intuitive and doesn’t help at all. The more you’re being attacked, the more your eyes should be open to help you negate the attacks. A way to improve this is to shadowbox with a partner. Both of you are “shadowbox-sparring” from a slight distance so no punches ever land. Make sure you practice at super slow speeds as well so you can really see the entire movement of the punch.

Training faster than they can handle

Respect your level! It’s common nature for people to want to be better and to want to rush their way there. Training fast will help you learn fast and get better quicker, right? Unfortunately, no. It doesn’t help you develop intelligent reflexes and to think faster. Work on beginner techniques at beginner intensity. Stay there until you’re absolutely comfortable. Then speed things up a bit, make it a little more challenging. But only a little.

Always forcing instead of feeling

Beginners lack the common sense of only doing what feels right. They will try to force all movements from all positions without any regard to how it feels. They’ll throw jabs that hurt their elbows. Or punch or move around in ways that lose balance. They aren’t sensitive to their body or the situation in front of them. Being able to read the situation in front of you takes time, experience, and maturity. These are things beginners don’t yet have but need to work on. So try not to force, but try to listen to your body.

Not using the jab

The jab is everything! Many fighters rely on their right hand and left hook or other big punches. But the problem is none of those punches have the speed or reach that the jab has. Go back to really perfecting that jab. It doesn’t mean putting more muscle into it or trying to turn it into a left cross. You have to learn how to make one tiny little effortless movement lightning fast and powerful at the same time. This little skill alone will do wonders for your boxing ability.

Who’s joining us for our boxing class tonight…? 🥊🥊🤗