Sunday, January 13, 2008

Entry #557

Stan was a little late, and at first I thought he had flaked out on me like most others, but he showed up at about 12:20 very enthusiastically. Really cool kid who's always willing to learn. His dad watched for a bit. He told me he boxed at his high school when he was young. Boxing, in high school? Wow, school must have ruled back then.

We both ultimately decided that, as fun as it was on Friday, doing full-contact every session isn't conducive to the learning process, of which both of us have a long way to go. We warmed up on the pads and then did some light spars.

This was his first time on these. His hands are nowhere near where they should be, but he more than knows that with all the times I told him. Now, it's just a matter of practice. I also did some feeble swats in his face at him just so he doesn't get too comfortable.

Don't get me wrong. My own hands dropped pretty abysmally. I pretty much eradicated this tendency on the bag, strangely enough.

Some light sparring:


  1. Seems like he's got some erratic/unnecessary foot movement. Uneasy with the size disparity?

  2. That's what I was thinking. He looks a bit jumpy.

  3. Just to add on to the other posters: Some wrestlers on my team have the same problem of being too jumpy on the mat, or rather, not tight in the right places as well. This is a concern since the wrestler would show a lot of openings while jumping around, as well as limiting his own opportunities to attack. Look at your movements, even though you are bobbing almost continuously, you are still planted when it counts.
    We found a great solution to this problem was the have the wrestler/boxer take deep, relaxed, breaths, breathing out in a long, low "Ommm" sound. This got the athlete relaxed in his breathing. Then, we had him shadowrestle, dance around, and shake loose every part of the body. This step we found to be the most important. This dancing could, in your case, come in the form of shadowboxing. We placed special emphasis on planting in his attack during the drill. For example, when our athlete would be shadowrestling, and would decide to shoot, we would make certain that he shot with planted feet, and in a semi-squat. It sounds strange, but we found interacting with the athlete, as well as getting himself properly relaxed led to better training sessions for everyone, since I didn't have much of an opportunity to attack the openings that came as a result of his stance.
    Give it a shot next time if it continues to be a problem.

  4. Shame most of the action was out of shot on your vid.  Your voice sounds a lot like mine.  Maybe we're brothers =P
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  5. I had that thread bookmarked, but thanks for the reminder. I expect to make it.And yeah, Shaheen, I'll do something along those lines for warming-up. Thanks again.