Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Monday's Workout and Learning a New Combination

The first day back at the gym this week was good. Tim was not there, but he promises to be back in action on Wednesday. Joining Bernard and me were Rich, Mike B., the Judge, and Andrew. Here's the summary of tonight's workout.
  • 31 minutes of roadwork
  • 8 rounds on the pads with Bernard
  • 5 rounds on the double-end bag, working the 1-2-1 combination (left jab, right cross, left jab)
  • 2 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 2 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds of situps and crunches
  • 1 round of stretching

That makes 20 rounds plus the roadwork. Not a bad start for the week (especially counting yesterday).

I got to work on a new combination that I am going to like. In fact, I really like it already. It starts with the basic one-two (left jab followed very quickly by a hard straight right). Then I take a short step forward and to the right (and my opponent's left) and throw a quick left hook, being sure to pivot on my left foot to get the weight behind the punch. The finisher is a straight right or right cross, depending on the angle from which I am facing the opponent.

The key to throwing that combination successfully is this: you must complete the short step forward before throwing the left hook. It's tempting to try to step into the punch to give it more power, but that really doesn't work because you're supposed to be stepping forward and to the right. Another problem is that stepping into the punch leaves you facing slightly away from the opponent and in no position to throw the right hand. Even worse, the opponent can hit you and you are in a very awkward position from which even defending would be difficult, much less counterpunching.

This combination is new and is going to take some work. I can already see how my eagerness to throw it is tempting me to throw the left hook before I have finished the step. I'll work on it with some visualization and will be practicing it many more times on Wednesday and in the practices to come. It will probably be a while before I attempt to use it in sparring, but that is fine; I have plenty of other techniques to use.

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