The Top 10 Boxing Training Videos
There are so many boxing training videos available to watch on the MyBoxingCoach website that for the newcomer it might be a little perplexing to decide which videos to put at the top of the viewing list.
In order to provide a steer as to the first ‘go to’ videos on the site, I decided to ask myself a simple question:
“In the ideal world, what are the 10 most important skills that I would teach someone new to boxing and in what order would I teach them?”
The answer to that question is delivered to you in this article. I’ll link to 10 boxing training videos on this site that I think are ‘must views’ in order for you get the most possible out of the ocean of content, both video and written, available with MyBoxingCoach.
“Do the basics and do them right” is a mantra that I live by when developing fight skills. This article and these videos are the essence of that principle.
Vital Training Video #1 – The Stance and On Guard
The proper boxing stance is designed allow fluid and powerful punching along with robust defense and superb mobility. Now mark my words, learning the correct stance for many takes a little time to master. Just as you can’t build a house without foundations, you can’t build a boxing style without a great stance. So, watch this video a few times and get a good grasp of how it’s done. It will pay off.
Vital Training Video #2 – The Jab
A perfect boxing jab for me is one of the finest sights in boxing. Here is the video on how to throw the jab. When I see a fast, clean and accurate jab spear through the defenses of a fighter I’m always so impressed. Great fighters have a great jab. It’s the simplest punch to learn, the most efficient punch, the most regularly thrown punch and ultimately the punch that can break the will of an opponent.
The jab can be thrown fast or slow, flicked or rammed home, on the move or on the spot. It’s the ultimate in punching versatility. The jab the first punch that I teach to a boxer and it always will be.
Vital Training Video #3 – Getting in and Out with Footwork
By far the most commonly used aspect of boxing footwork is moving forwards and backwards. It would be wonderful as a boxer if your opponent dutifully wandered into range of your punches ready to eat that wonderful jab of yours. Problem is having a fight is a little more unpredictable than that. Opponents have a nasty habit of doing all kinds of unexpected actions.
The ability to be highly mobile is incredibly important in boxing, especially amateur boxing where foot movement is a massive part of success. Some opponents will charge at you like a runaway train, others will back away equally fast. So it pays to be able to close them down or back away in a controlled and effective manner, never compromising your ability to land your own shots.
Vital Training Video #4 – Multi-Purpose Ducking
Having covered some footwork and punching, the next step is building in some body movement, and where better to start that the simple act of ducking. Check out this video on ducking punches. I say ‘ducking punches’, but this is only one of 3 opportunities that you create when you duck.
When you duck you also provide yourself with a nice opportunity to unleash long-range body punches. And as an added bonus, by ducking you create a diversion. It acts as a feint, making your opponent think that something might happen. And feinting is one of the true arts of successful boxing, bringing us neatly onto our next vital boxing training video.
Vital Training Video #5 – The Art of the Fighter
Here’s the link to the video on feinting. I think that understanding how to feint, and more importantly understanding why feinting is so helpful to you, is one of the true ‘Eureka’ moments for a developing boxer. It is the basis of all styles of fighting, from slick counter-punching to intense pressure fighting. It’s what separates the best from the rest.
Vital Training Video #6 – Block That Punch!
In the interests of self-preservation I have always recognized the importance of being able to block punches. This video on blocking punches covers the type of block that you will use more than any other. It’s the simple block against the opponent’s jab. It’s simple, safe and opens up the opportunity to smash your own jab back the other way.
Vital Training Video #7 – Pivots and Angles
I’d say that the single most versatile element of footwork is the pivot. This video on pivoting in boxing shows you exactly how to execute this wonderful skill. The reason that I think it’s the most versatile aspect of boxing footwork is that it can be used equally effectively at long range or when infighting at close range.
You are able, with simple shifting of the feet during the pivot, to open up a dizzying array of angles both for attacking and defending. You can do all of this without worrying about the complexities of diagonal movement. Watch any fight and see how often boxers use the pivot as part of their style, it just becomes so natural.
So now we have added some real depth to the range of skills at your disposal. What’s next? It’s now time to add some power punching to the equation.
Vital Training Video #8 – The Big Guns
If the jab is the easiest punch to throw, then the right cross (or straight back hand) is one of the more challenging to execute correctly. This video on the right cross demonstrates the amount of effort needed to generate the necessary rotation (and therefore power) to enable absolutely straight delivery of the shot. Check out this article on the 5 building blocks of punching power to find out more on getting the most out of your punching.
Vital Training Video #9 – Using the Shield
Using the previously simple block against the jab is good enough, but what about when the opponent uses a high power right cross? There are lots of defenses to consider, but one of the most effective is described in this video on the double arm block.
The double arm block is simple, safe and very difficult to penetrate. It also creates doubt in a boxing judge’s mind as to whether a punch actually landed, and that’s good during the scoring of the fight. In fact, the double arm block is almost like a shield, giving you somewhere to lock up for a few seconds to regroup ready for the next assault!
Vital Training Video #10 – Side Steps to Victory
Moving from side to side in boxing, although used less than the action of moving in and out, is still a particularly helpful skill. This video on side-stepping demonstrates the importance of the ‘push’ action rather than a ‘step and drag’ approach. Speed is key, especially when used in an attacking way. You will never get speed with step and drag. It’s also great when you are cutting off the ring, looking to pressure the opponent and not give them a break.
The Next Videos On Your Training List
You might be saying “What about hooks!” or “What about uppercuts!” or even “Where the hell are his parries?” I understand that. There are lots of skills that over the years I have learned to appreciate the relative complexities of. The fact for me is that the 10 boxing training videos recommended in this article are what I find to be the most effective skills to get a good start onto learning this toughest of sports. The site is truly awash with boxing training videos, so go and make the most of them.
One last thing. I have not described how these skills are developed and reinforced. This is something that I can cover in individual articles. For example 7 Tips for Shadow Boxing Success. Also as a stop-off on your learning are a series of videos on using the boxing punch pads, well worth a viewing to give some context to these boxing videos.
All comments, questions or challenges are very gratefully received below.