Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sunday "Fight Club"

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Sunday's workout was a good one. I got to work lots of drills with Howard and Jeff. Howard is a southpaw, so I got some needed experience with a left-handed opponent and sensed I was learning a lot.

It seemed like we did an unusually large number of drills on Sunday, but we can't have done many more than usual because the workout lasted the usual duration. I'm getting a lot more confident with the "3-punch answer-back" drill. Here's how it works.

DO WHILE practice round continues
  • Boxer A throws a quick left jab, right cross, and left hook at Boxer B.
  • Boxer B slips (or blocks) the jab and right cross, and blocks the left hook.
  • As soon as "B" blocks the hook, and preferably before "A" is back in a safe guard position, "B" quickly launches his counterattack.
  • Boxer B throws a quick left jab, right cross, and left hook at Boxer A.
  • Boxer A slips (or blocks) the jab and right cross, and blocks the left hook.
  • As soon as "B" blocks the hook, and preferably before "A" is back in a safe guard position, "B" quickly launches his counterattack.
ENDDO

After practicing this drill for several rounds, I tried my 1-2-3 combination in sparring and it was a lot faster and smoother. As with any of these skills, the key to improvement will be to practice them hundreds of times so that I can get to the point where they flow with the greatest of ease.

I got in two good rounds of sparring, one with Howard and one with Jeff. It's good practice to work with them; we keep it fairly intense, but not so intense that we forget to practice and tune up our skills. After sparring, we did our usual rounds on the heavy bag, abs, and "30s."

I did 30 minutes of roadwork after the morning gym session. It was a good day of training, and I'm grateful for it.
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1 comment:

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