4 Ways to Develop Defense in Boxing

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Boxing is a sort of exercise that engages both mind and body. There are no mindless movements in boxing, you have to know exactly what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. It would be absurd to say that you’re in danger when sparring with your trainer, but there’s still that sense of excitement and anticipation that’s always present. Will your trainer go left or right? Is it time to strike? All this makes boxing as much of mental activity as it is physical. Still, if you wish to become good at boxing learning how to protect yourself is crucial. Not only for keeping your nose intact but also as means of planning attacks more easily. There are many boxing Dubai trainers that will teach you everything you have to know about a good defense in Boxing, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your defense techniques on your own.

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Becoming good at boxing requires time and dedication!

Understanding the types of defense in Boxing

To develop a defense in boxing you first have to learn about the types of defense. There are 5 basic types of defense in boxing. These include:

  • Blocking,
  • Parrying,
  • Rolling,
  • Slipping, and
  • Countering

Before starting to build a boxing defense it’s advisable to build a solid theoretical foundation. Watch videos about types of defenses, read up on them or even ask questions to more experienced boxers. Knowing to answer questions in a simple manner so that even a beginner can understand is one of the greatest qualities to look for in a good trainer. So if you’re unsure about anything it’s best to ask your trainer. However, if you’re serious about getting good at boxing you going to have to put some effort into it even outside of your workouts.

Upgrade your gear if need be before starting to learn boxing defense

Gear is very important when it comes to boxing. Because boxing puts a lot of stress on hands and wrists it’s important to protect them well. That means getting quality boxing gloves is a must. Choosing the best boxing gloves can be problematic for people with no experience. Because of that, it’s best to ask someone for advice before buying your first boxing gloves. And even if you have some experience you might benefit from consulting your trainer before upgrading. They will likely know what is it exactly that you need.

Now that you’re ready, start building your defense

Building defense is not something that happens overnight. That means that you should arm yourself with will and patience. That, however, shouldn’t be a problem if you’re passionate about boxing. So if you’re ready to start training, here are top ways to build a strong defense and up your boxing game.

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The best way to learn boxing defense is with your trainer. However, you can practice defense on your own even outside of your workouts!

Watch, watch, and then watch some more

One of the best ways to learn proper defense is by watching. However, even though learning about isolated moves can be beneficial especially in the beginning, watching matches will help you tremendously! Our bodies do require repeating a movement in order for a movement to become natural, but our minds can learn from watching, too. Just make sure that you’re putting effort into analyzing and remembering. If you see a combination you like, try to remember it and recreate it with your Dubai PT trainer.

That said, it would be ludicrous to say that you can become a boxing pro by watching matches alone. If that was the case a good chunk of the population would be great at boxing. However, there’s no denying that if you watch and analyze matches and professionals boxing, alongside practicing, you can improve your boxing defense significantly.

Drill a certain move in front of a mirror or during a day whenever you have time

Making sure movements become fluid, quick, and natural is key to developing defense in boxing. That, though, requires hours and hours of practice. It’s commonly known that a person needs roughly 10.000 hours in order to master a skill. That means that you should practice every chance you get even outside of your workout sessions. If you’re a complete beginner and you’re just starting to learn about boxing, there are many boxing drills for beginners that are easy to grasp that you could practice on your own daily. Consistency is the key, so rather make sure you’re practicing every day than overworking yourself one day and then taking a break for the rest of the week.

You should also make sure that you’re practicing correctly! In order to ensure that you’re drilling the right moves, you could practice in front of a mirror. Look at yourself in the mirror while you’re doing a certain move and then correct everything you see wrong. This will allow you to implement corrections more easily before you drill in an incorrect move by mistake.

Work out for a strong body

Defense, like everything else in boxing, requires body strength. Boxing is a great way to get stronger and fitter. However, if you’re serious about boxing, you should consider starting cardio and lifting on the side. Overall strength can help with force and speed that are both very important in boxing. On top of that, making sure your hands and wrists are strong is a must! Practicing boxing exercises to prevent hand injury daily can be beneficial. Don’t overlook such important body parts that suffer a lot of stress even though they might seem unimportant! Keep in mind that if your wrists and hands are not healthy, your boxing will suffer.

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Getting your body in shape overall can be helpful to your boxing performance!

Focus and reflexes are key to good defense in boxing

Many boxers have the needed strength but lack focus and reflexes in order to defend themselves efficiently. Working on focus and reflexes outside of your training sessions can help you be more agile and focused during the sessions. It might sound silly, but reaction games, partner hand taps, juggling, lower body mobility exercises, and similar activities can help with focus and reflexes significantly. Take an hour here and there out of your day to work on your focus and reflexes. You will see improvements in the ring there’s no doubt about that.

Work diligently on boxing defense for overall better performance in the ring

The defense is an integral part of boxing. It requires coordination, strength, knowledge, focus, and agility. Because of its complexity, defense in boxing requires hour upon hours of commitment and practice. That said, a good defense can up your performance significantly. Not only will you be able to protect yourself, but you’ll be able to control the situation better. That alone warrants the commitment and sacrifice.


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