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6 Techniques Pro Boxers Use That Amateurs Don’t

6 Techniques Pro Boxers Use That Amateurs Don’t

Being a great boxer isn’t only about being physically powerful. It is that, combined with the mental power to know an opponent and not to fight by just reacting to their actions. There are certain skills that should be refined in order to be able to fight your best fight.

1. Work the Angles

When a Pro punches an amateur, the amateur will feel like it’s coming from everywhere. Why is this? Because the pro will always know their angle for escape and will anticipate the opponent’s angle of escape. A Pro will situate themselves so that their opponent’s punches have little impact, meanwhile their opponent will be trying cover themselves up as best as possible in order to avoid feeling the incoming punch. Know how to best protect each part of your body and anticipate your opponent’s next move.

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2. Stay Heavy

A pro will feel solid, and when they punch, you’ll feel it. This comes from them having a powerful core and being able to control their center of gravity. This means that they aren’t lifting their legs too much and are not fidgeting around in the ring. It doesn’t matter if they are out of spare or super ripped, they will act like they are made of bricks. They will be able to stand their ground and won’t be pushed off balance easily. They will also be able to stand where they want, and will only move when they feel like they need to. Having this type of balance allows punches to be thrown with a lot more power, agility, and confidence- something that is helpful in any boxing round.

3. Know When You’ll Miss

Pros will slip a punch with little to no effort. This is the combination of skill, strategy, experience, and natural rhythm. They will be able to guess what your next move is just by analyzing your position, and can even bait their opponent into throwing punches just to avoid them and knock them off of their game. An amateur will likely try to retaliate immediately, as they may feel that they will not get the same opportunity to counter. However, a pro will make sure to act with precision, and not with spontaneity.

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4. Walk Around

Walking around will make you appear more relaxed, but will allow you to always be ready. It will conserve energy and keep your feet on the ground. This is one of the best physical and mental strategies that a pro boxer can employ to beat their opponent. It will trick them into thinking that they aren’t in their ready stance, but really it is a set up.

5. Jab

Every pro knows when a jab will interrupt their opponent, no matter what their next move is. It is made up of immense power, high accuracy, and precise timing. It can be fast and sharp to pull a surprise, or maybe a quick touch—just enough to distract before a harder punch. The advantage of knowing when to jab is that you will interrupt your opponent’s thoughts and combinations that they have planned out. The jab can be long, short, hard or soft while moving—when the combination is just right, it will beat any punch.

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6. Body Shots that Hurt

A body shot from a pro can make their opponent drop their hands or elbows, leading to their head being exposed. In turn, these body punches will damage the core and make it harder for the opponent to move around. An amateur might only use a body punch to lead to a powerful head punch, but not make it part of their main arsenal of moves. This is a mistake as the right body punch will greatly hurt the opponent, and will likely not be countered. Pros will land body punches that are precisely planned out to do the most damage. A body punch that is perfectly planned can make someone drop to the ground, or even knock them out.

Featured photo credit: World Series Boxing via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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