I love boxing. I am also probably the least experienced and worst boxer at my gym.
No worries - that doesn't matter (I enjoy it, I don't need to be Tyson, come at me bro…).
I first boxed at University around about 2009 - then stopped until 2018. I always regretted not continuing with it. I train for enjoyment, it is pretty unlikely that I will have any bouts any time soon (never say never!).
This is my take on being a beginner boxer...I’m in a great position to write about this because - I AM one.
Quick note - I still do most of the mistakes written here...I’m under absolutely no illusions. I know in theory what I need to get better at, and hence why I’ve written this. No hate mail from keyboard warriors who think I’m not qualified to write this - the whole point is Iam a novice and Iam open about it.
As a new boxer myself, I understand how daunting it can be. The first few days are fine. You throw a few punches, you take a few hits - you feel good.
Then, you realise that you’re exhausted and everyone is better than you. And man, it sucks.
Before you get too excited or too scared when you first start boxing, know this - we all go through the same stuff. The good news for you is that I’m here to teach you what I’ve learned so that you make fewer mistakes faster.
Let’s take a look at the top beginner boxing mistakes you need to avoid:
For whatever reason, I was focused too much on my upper body movements when I first started out. My lower body? That was reserved for just my footwork.
What I’ve since learned is that we shouldcombine our lower body with our upper body. After all, each time you move, your whole body should move. A punch still requires movement from your legs, while even the slightest head movement means you’ll need to move your knees and hips, even if ever so slightly.
I am really guilty of planting my feet, using my upper body and forgetting the rest!
When you’re defending, you simply won’t win if you don’t use your eyes to look out for incoming punches. Not just that, but you need to use your eyes to quickly identify countering opportunities.
Without proper use of your eyes, you’re literally nothing.
I don’t know about you, but the reason I took so long to start using my eyes was because I just didn’t feel comfortable. Instead of keeping lookout for danger, I flinched!
My big weakness at the moment is I still telegraph my punches - I show too obviously to my sparring partner where I am about to aim!
It’s surely human instinct to want to train faster than we should so that we get better as soon as possible.
But calm down, champ. Take it easy. If you go too hard too soon, you’ll cramp up and hate yourself. “I can’t do this - I’m not fast, powerful or good enough.”
Take your time. Respect the process. If you want to get really good at boxing, have some patience and make the right moves at the right time.
I didn’t use the jab enough when I first started training, and I reckon it’s the same with most beginner boxers. Admit it - you don’t jab enough.
A jab isn’t just an opening to a bigger combo - it’sthe best offensive weapon in your arsenal.
Not just this, but the jab is an awesome counter tool.
Spend time perfecting your jab. Make it snap, crack and pop. Make it fizz, make itscare people.
^ I really need to work on this one!!
These are the 4 beginner boxing mistakes you either need to avoid, or stop making. Focus on using all your body with every movement you make, get comfortable using your eyes, take your time and start turning the jab into an art form.
Start working on it, I certainly am!!