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Western martial art of punching, on which the competitive combat sport of boxing is founded.

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Punch and Parry at the Same time

Is it good form/technique to punch and parry at the same time? Sometimes in Orthodox stance, I throw a left jab, and my opponent throws a jab simultaneously, I want to parry with my right hand. It ...
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Hand Wraps: How to wrap comfortably

Are there any comfortable hand wrap styles for Boxing / Muay Thai ? I literally feel exhausted with wrapped hands and putting on my gloves everyday ( I wrap properly and don't wrap too tight), its ...
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Boxing: Short Range Jab

When doing a close range jab, someone mentioned to keep your elbow more horizontal as it allows you to bend your elbow further back. Is it proper to do a short range jab like this? I usually keep it ...
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Punching with knuckles first correctly

It seems like when I punch and need to punch with knuckles first, I have to angle down, otherwise, it hits the bottom of fingers first and not the knuckles, when practicing against heavy bag. Check ...
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Punching: Make a fist and curl fingers correctly

I noticed that some people teach to make a fist like picture below, and clench fingers at the visible top part of hand (green line). However, doing this even after practicing flexibility, makes my ...
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Boxing Uppercut Motion: Is Arm steady?

In boxing, they say on the Hook punches 5-6, you are not supposed to extend your arm (like cross jab). You keep your arm steady-static, and rotate the from the hips. Is this same principle true for ...
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Why are Hand wraps not made from wicking, dri fit material?

Equipment question: Why are most boxing/muay thai hand wraps 100% cotton? They take so long to dry and remove sweat. Why aren't they made using wicking, dri-fit fabric as you seen now in gym shirts?
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Which Muscles are Flexed in a Punch?

In boxing, I learned to relax your muscles, Learning to keep muscles loose, helps with speed and quickness. At the very end, clench and tense your fist before moment of impact. When you tense/clench ...
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Does Left Cross Punch exist for Orthodox stance fighters?

Being an orthodox stance fighter, there is a "right cross" that counteracts an opponent left jab. Does a "left cross" also exist for orthodox fighters? It would seem to counteract ...
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Why are boxing gloves so much wider than an average hand?

TL;DR: why are boxing gloves so wide? I've searched for this but can only find texts about glove weight and padding, but not about width. Karate, ITF Taekwondo and MMA training gloves have more or ...
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Fighting stance in Boxing and MMA, requires hunch and curved back position [duplicate]

This might be a slightly odd question. Does boxing, Muay thai, and MMA build bad posture eventually? I noticed after long periods of time, training 2 hours a day, 4-5 times a week, the back is not ...
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Slipping into a target in Boxing vs Real Life Defense

For Boxing and Muay Thai, Slipping requires an athlete to go shoulder to knee, or move forward diagonal left, or forward-diagonal right. In real-life defense situations, is this a good strategy? ...
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Maximum strength for Boxing

I'm 23, boxing for about 3 years, and I am always looking for ways to get on the next level. I want to strengthen my fast twitch muscle fibers (become faster) I know that you can improve that with ...
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Sparring looks really good, but as soon as it comes to a real match I can't box

first of all, im 23 and doing boxing for like 3 years now... I'm training seriously, have 8 training sessions per week and also I spar with some good people. Just today I had my first 2 fights, the ...
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Muay Thai: Bounce Step not used?

In Muay Thai, is the bounce step utilized a lot? I have never seen it taught in my classes, and widely taught more in boxing. Is there a reason for not seeing it in Muay Thai? Strangely enough, I see ...
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Muay Thai Jab vs Boxing Jab, Rear foot push forward

I noticed in Muay Thai fundamentals, in Regular Jab they tell to push heel of right foot, to get the extra range power from Orthodox. In Book "Muay Thai Basics: Introductory Thai Boxing ...
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Muay Thai Boxing: Sparring against Opposite Gender Manner/Etiquette

I am doing Muay Thai Sparring. As a man, what is the proper etiquette of sparring against women? Lets keep this question professional and polite to both genders. I want to be generally respectful and ...
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Speed after blocking heavier opponent

Boxing training situation: opponent is about 20kg (44 pounds) heavier opponent is faster and has longer arms, and has much more experience sparring is "real", with full power Problem: I ...
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How to Tie Martial Arts Headgear for Boxing, Muay Thai, etc

Does anyone have Step by Step instructions on how to tie boxing head gear? Enclosed below are two pieces. Can someone post 4-5 picture instructions on how to tie and lace properly? When it came out of ...
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

Why do most MMA and Muay Thai fighters not wear Double Mouth Guards on both teeth, both top side and bottom side? They say having a mouthguard on top side with mouth clenched, will prevent damage on ...
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What is the Boxing Hover/Wave Hand Technique called?

What is the official terminology for boxing jab hover called? See video below. This is where the boxer hovers/waves his hand in a circle to confuse opponent, in attempts to jab punch. I tried google ...
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Boxing Jab at Short Distance

Just curious how people deal with punching a heavy bag. My trainer recommended I not only work on long distance jabs, but ones at short or medium distance. Typically at long distance I have fist ...
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Punching Left Hooks: While Securing the Face or Body at the same time

Is there a way to Punch Left Hook properly, while securing and defending the Head/neck or body area? When doing a basic jab or straight-cross, the head is protected from the arms in front, and ...
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Boxing against "Inside Boxers" Who prefer punching at close range

Are there any tactics in fighting against "inside boxers"? In light sparring, my opponent is always trying to get inside, and deliver small hooks and upper cuts at close range. I decided to ...
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Punching: Differences in Light Sparring and Real Fights with boxing gloves

I am trying to differentiate the techniques between light sparring and real match fights, both with boxing gloves. During light boxing sparring, how does one do a very quick punch without hurting ...
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Boxing: Different ways to Block Cover Up, Wrists pointed towards you or to the Side

I see there are different ways to cover up/block in boxing. One strategy is wrist pointing towards you, another method is wrist pointing to the sides. Both ways allow athlete vision in pictures below. ...
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Punch Jab: Where to Place Right Hand during block

Recently I started sparring. In boxing, the athlete who jabs is told to keep right hand tucked at right side of face (pictures below). Just curious, why the right hand isn't taught to be more in ...
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Boxing Corkscrew Punch: Is it the default punch?

Is the "Corkscrew punch" the defacto/regular punch in boxing? It seems like most boxers are doing this anyways in their jab/cross punch, where wrist is rotated and thumb is slightly angled ...
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Why does Muay Thai stance have its hand position more out for catching vs boxing?

In Muay Thai, how come the palms hands are rotated more outward like they are trying to catch the punches? However in boxing which is punch heavy, they are not like that and palms are rotated inward. ...
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Boxing, how much to rotate body on Cross Punch?

How much should a person's torso rotate on cross right hand punch? Generally, on orthodox stance, person's body start angled at 4:00 on clock. When doing cross punch with right hand, I rotate my rear ...
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How to respectfully disagree with Coach or Sensai?

I currently go to MMA gym with Muay Thai, Boxing, and Jujutsu. The boxing coach has slightly different advice: wants me to utilize a slightly square/wider stance below (eg Mike Tyson and others used). ...
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Punching: Which way to Rotate Knuckles?

Why do they teach person to hit with knuckles horizontal in especially MMA and Muay Thai? It seems this can cause wrist damage, and hyperextension over the years. In Krav Maga they say to rotate ...
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Why do people Shadowbox without full extension?

I noticed during drills, many people shadow box without full extension of arms? Is there a reason for that? Around half the class has full extension, other half does not. I thought when you box, you'...
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Messing with someone's timing

Here I'm referring to the concept of timing, which is mentioned at least as far back a Five Rings, and rhythm, which is a concept in boxing and other sparring arts. How do you mess with someone's ...
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Can Muay Thai Boxing Gloves be used on a Heavy Punching Bag?

I am training in the sport of Muay Thai. I am curious if Muay Thai Boxing Gloves be used on a Punching Heavy Bag? Or should I just use regular Boxing Gloves? Trying to save money when training. Also, ...
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Lifting elbows when rotation fists for jab/cross

I've been renewing my attempts at getting good fist rotation in shadow boxing. The common wisdom is that fist remain vertical until near full extension, at which point it rotates. Often, it rotates ...
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Isn't it recommended to use heavier gloves for bag work?

I was looking at a pair advertised as "bag gloves" and then I realized that they are only offered in 8oz and 10oz weights. Isn't it typically recommended that bag gloves be heavier? ...
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Is speed ball really effective?

I've seen enough videos about it and even more marketplaces selling them. But is it really that good? Can't it bring some wrong reflexes/etc? Don't want to hit anybody, but men wearing it usually look ...
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Head roll evades strike pre-emptively or after seeing it?

I did some kickboxing drills in college club. We did slips, but I'm trying to incorporate head rolls from YouTube into my home regimen. To me, it seems that one has to be superhumanly fast to see a ...
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Why do Boxers always grab each other mid match?

Watching the Mayweather vs Paul fight, and even the TikTok vs YouTubers fight, I noticed they always grab each other by the head or the waist when they get close. Is this to reset the match, or even ...
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Why does every boxing coach recommend this stance that nobody actually uses?

Every boxing coach in the existence of time says the same thing: TUCK YOUR ELBOWS IN. When they demonstrate it, they put their elbows close in to their body, touching their ribs, and their arms almost ...
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Have hammer fists been used in Boxing?

Here I'm asking about Western boxing specifically, both in terms of the modern & contemporary sport, and historical European boxing (John L. Sullivan and earlier.) Is the hammer fist used in ...
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How important is leaning in Boxing?

We think about the fists but not as much about the other aspects, such as footwork and dodging. When I think of waist in boxing, I think of Ali with his arms limp, leaning back just enough for his ...
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One punch knockout

There was a guy in highschool got into a lot of fights and almost every time he hit someone he knocked them out. As I got into shotokan and bjj, I started wondering is it not the matter of how hard ...
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Which Style out of the 3 should I start with

Hey guy so I'm pretty young as of now and I'm planning to learn some martial arts in the future so I need some help choosing the first one to start with. I plan on learning Southpaw boxing, Taekwondo, ...
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Does bicep development affect punching power?

Context: I've been boxing for a few years now and decided with my coaches (a bit before the pandemic hit) that I would move up a weight class. As I was confined and didn't have access to the gym, most ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

I would like to know if training with a laundry punching bag such as this is equivalent to using a real punching bag?
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How to train your hands while working with punching/ boxing bag

In real life, when you need to fight you have no gloves. How can I train my hands for real life punching in fight. I read articles that claim that when working with punching/ boxing bag you have to ...
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Should you throw your crosses, jabs, uppercuts and hooks while tucking in your chin or cheek at the shoulder?

While I am shadow boxing, I always wonder if it's necessary to protect your chin while you throw your punch combinations, as in tucking in your chin behind your shoulders. Often times, this whole idea ...
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Getting back up after getting knocked down: How to recover quickly and get rid of the dizziness?

You see your opponent do something unexpected and weird. You don't quite understand it, but you know something is going to happen. The next thing you know — you are on the canvas/mat. You have been ...
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