Interesting Thread on Straight Punches

by Fran on April 25, 2011

Saddo Boxing – Nuggets of Advice

It’s always worth keeping an eye on the forums, and one that I visit on occasion is is Saddo Boxing’s ‘Ask The Trainer’ forum.  As well as offering advice where I can, I often pick up little bits of detail that help me to develop as a coach.  I picked up a nugget from a guy who posts as ‘Scrap.’   Now, I know a little about Scrap, and believe me he’s a very smart boxing man.  His posts can get a little over-technical at times, but when you spend the time to properly read and understand them, you often get something well worth the effort.

Anyway, the link is below, it covers straight shots and the importance of rotation:

Any comments would be gladly received below.



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Johnny T December 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Re The Backhand straight punch.( saddo site}
If as a coach ,you say to anyone ‘think about your left shoulder’ then that is exactly what they will do.
Power comes from the legs and by straightening the rear leg and exploding from the leg…comes the power. If you are throwing a straight right to the head (orthodox) and rotating with your right shoulder then your left shoulder MUST follow….they are attached..
Over coaching is a bad habit. Over rotating is also the biggest fault amongst novices. The bar room brawl type of punch ….that never lands. Over use of muscle group names also does nothing to help a boxer. I know where my vastus medialas is. (can’t spell it maybe)
Do you? Who cares? And if I hear the word “dynamic” once more I will stop listening.
Ahhh Got that off my chest. My wife is fed up of listening.


Fran December 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Hey JT

That was a rant of seismic impact! You make a really good point. I think that the shoulder thing is useful, but only in very limited circumstances i.e. when the boxer is simply not ‘getting’ the explosive drive from the back foot that generates the rotation and therefore power. However, if the boxer was rotating their back foot rather than driving off it then getting them to think about their shoulder simply not work. I must admit, since the oiginal exchange I have found very rare occasion to tell the boxer to think about the shoulder.

And with this we get into the over-coaching issue, and again it is one of the most important things for a coach to understand, that a boxer learns primarily by experience. We as coaches can give theortical experience (similar to learning from a book), but the fighter will learn by, well, fighting. We provide a platform for them to learn and merely point out the risks and opportunities in what they do or don’t do.

On the muscle thing, I agree 100%, I’m no anatomist! I hope that your outburst has given your good lady wife a temporary respite.

Thanks JT, take care.



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