Getting smacked in the face by an absolute monster? The fear is real. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or you’ve been boxing for a few years, that fear sometimes feels as though it’s never going to go away.
And it won’t unless you can understand why you fear getting hit and learn what to do about it.
And here’s the rub: If you’re scared of getting punched, you’ll also be scared of throwing punches. This crippling anxiety leads to defeats and a bigger loss of confidence.
So join Beast Gear as we take a look at how to overcome the fear of getting hit in the face.
First things first, you need to process why you’re frightened of getting smacked. This can be one of three root causes:
… What scares you the most?
Have you been going harder and faster than you really should be going at the moment?
Come on - you can admit it.
Look, many people get over confident at first and think they can take on the world.
But we can’t. As well as being on the receiving end of some hard sparring, our confidence also takes a hit and anxiety begins to creep in.
Yup, we’ve all shrunk back from that giant who’s clearly way better than us at this point.
Make sure to fight people who are on your level in terms of strength, speed and size. Don’t make life harder for yourself by fighting more experienced boxers at this point.
I’m a big fan of practicing slow sparring, and because it makes life easier for you (it really doesn’t). The reason I like it so much is that it helps you pay attention to the details. Obviously your sparring partner needs to do this too...this is a training tool - don’t literally spar slowly against an opponent who is sparring properly!
Referring back to the possible reason you’re scared of getting punched, slow sparring is super beneficial to those who have an issue with not seeing the punches coming.
For me, that’s all about an inability to pay attention to the details. If you start to focus your attention, you will see more punches coming. Then, you can get out of the way.
So try slow sparring in the training room. Pick on a variety of visual clues that fighters give off. Telegraph their movements so that you know what’s coming and what you need to do next.
Here’s the thing: Youwill get hit at some point in the ring. A hammer blow is going to come.
For this reason, you need to work out a mental game plan so that you’re able to deal with the punches. Figure out what it is that you fear the most but don’t work on avoiding that fear. Instead, work on not letting that fear control what you do in the ring.
So, there’s lots of good news to come out of all of this. For one thing, you’re not alone in your fear of getting punched. Weall have it at some point.
Understanding your fear is a big part of overcoming it. Put in the physical and mental training and get yourself in better shape so that you’re ready to improve your whole game.
Beast Your Goals.