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Build Your Boxing Style and Fitness...

 

7 TOOLS TO GIVE YOU TOTAL CONTROL OF YOUR JOURNEY TO BOXING MASTERY

 
 

It is easy to become confused by how best to develop your boxing skills. This book will enable you to plot your journey to achieve the boxing outcome you want.

 

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Frank Mitchell July 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Hi, I go to the “Boxing Fitness Academy” in Lostock, Northwich. I just browsed through your new “Beginner Boxer Toolkit” pdf. I really appreciated the hints on Shadow Boxing and Bag Work.

The cheap “Syneco” white 7mm poly rope from “Homebase” could be okay for a home-made skipping rope if like me you’re too tall for most commercial offerings. It’s very plasticy and doesn’t knot well, so you may need to learn about Double Overhand Stopper Knots and suchlike. If in doubt they also sell a heavier 10mm diameter version.

Lidl and Aldi offer bargain sports equipment, including Exercise Mats. I got a very nice mat from Lidl. But these are occasional offers, so you need to shop there regularly and keep an eye open.

I have misgivings about wall-mounted brackets for hanging Heavy Bags. Not only can they fall off the wall, I’ve heard of them bringing part of the wall down.

If you have a mate to hold the Pads, you might get round to Light Sparring. If so it’s advisable to both wear mouthguards.

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Fran July 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Thanks for the feedback Frank and for the skipping tips for you tall fellas! I’m sure this comment will help some site users.

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Luis Morales July 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm

I box when I was 14 yrs old. Want to do it again. I’m 59 yrs old now. I’m in very good shape.

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Fran July 18, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Excellent Luis. No reason why you can’t enjoy the skills of the sport again…it’s like riding a bike 🙂

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Edmund June 8, 2017 at 7:26 pm

Hey Fran,

I would really appreciate it if you could provide me with your PDF containing the good drill layout (with measurements etc.) I would like to work on my stance and lateral movement.

Thanks for the great tutorials, truly inspirational and comprehensive.

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Fran June 10, 2017 at 6:19 pm

I have sent you an email Edmund

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David June 7, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Hello ive been watching your videos and they seem very good i have just started boxing and i enjoy it so much and i was wondering if you could may be send me some plans for bag training or excersises just to get my speed and combinations and stuff better.

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Fran June 10, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Hi David

Firstly, sign up to the free emails, there’s a bunch of drills and stuff available there. Secondly, here’s some advice around building punch speed.

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Dave Collins May 16, 2017 at 10:52 am

Hi fran,

I’m a southpaw and I’m also quite tall. I was wondering if you have any links for tips, drills, types of training etc based on these two factors, you don’t quite see them anywhere and figured your the man for this kind of stuff. Cheers.

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FhLo May 15, 2017 at 9:36 pm

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werewolf April 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

Hi Fran,

just wanted to say how much I learnt from your videos and articles and how they inspired me. I entered a white collar competition for the second time in March and trained real hard for it. I started boxing very late and although I have an amazing coach I must say your approach to publishing online is second to none: there is a lot of rubbish out there and your back to basics, straight to the point, uncomplicated yet detailed coverage is awesome. Keep it up !
Nothing replaces hard work and practice but your sound advice and guidance is the best there is online by a long way.

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Fran April 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm

That’s brilliant, thank you very much for the feedback, that’s really nice of you to say.
If this stuff helps you on your journey then my work here is done 🙂

I like you final sentence by the way 🙂

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Bill Schwenk March 28, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Coach,
I started going to boxing classes 7 months ago. I’ve done other arts such as BJJ while in the US military the last 19 years. I finally decided to commit to participate in the 2017 Ringside Masters World Championships 24-25 March 2017. I have an OUTSTANDING coach, but was looking for ways to absorb more knowledge. I watched several online coaches/guys. Although 90% of what they taught was solid. I watch a ton of your videos. 99% I would bounce them off my coach as a test. Your youtube videos where the online ones that always passed the test with my coach. I ended up winning the 2017 Ringside Masters World Championship for the 35-45 180-190 weight categories!!! I wanted to say “Thank You”. Those videos helped me in that process. Getting in the rig for the first time at 38 was intense, but between my coach and your tips. I knew I was ready! I have feel in love with the sport. Hopefully one day I’ll get to come train with you in person. Thank You again! Gods Speed

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Fran March 31, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Hey Bill

What an awesome bit of feedback and what an AMAZING achievement. Very well done mate, I mean that. I can guess at the level of commitment from both you and your coach. i am really happy that you feel my videos have helped. Really though, you and your coach are the real deal.

Would be great to see any footage of your performance(s). If there’s any about on YouTube please do send me the link.

Thank you again and once more very well done CHAMP…feels good to be in the club doesn’t it mate 🙂

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Bill Schwenk May 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

I haven’t put the fights on youtube. Mostly because I’ve gained so much information off my second opponent due to this being on youtube. I loaded them on youtube for you coach. The first one is my first fight that the tournament. I don’t remember much (nerves) and you might have to skip a few minutes of the prefight stuff. The second is the championship fight the next day. I was super comfortable for a couple reasons. I had film and dissected it. Having a game plan was huge!! Plus I talked to the guy and sensed fear. I did lose a fight recently. I took a fight on short notice with a much bigger opponent. I made a mistake and paid the price. FYI, I have been training since August 2016. Anyway here are the links coach: https://youtu.be/_8Mj2KuYxCc, https://youtu.be/jwH6yga1w44, https://youtu.be/u5wPJurFrCY. I’ve been told by another coach that trains some high level guys. That I need to drop down to 178 or lower. Plus lose some upper body to help increase my speed. I was at 188 the first two and 197 the last fight ( I had to carb load to gain weight). Anyway, per your request. Let me know what you think ( Good, bad, and ugly). You can also email at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or I’m on facebook.

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Fran May 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Thanks Bill

I’ll make some time to have a look over the next week or so. I’ve removed your email address from the comment section – leaving your email on comments on the Web will get you a ton of spam.

Cheers

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max March 15, 2017 at 12:59 am

Hi, what club do you coachat?

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Fran March 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Hello Max. I coach at Sefton ABC in Liverpool

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AJ January 13, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Hi Fran,
Would we be able to send you videos for your review with our membership?

Thank you respectfully.

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AJ January 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Hi Fran,
I was wondering if you review video and make recommendations with our sign up membership.
Respectfully.

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Joboxer December 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I’m wondering since we pay on this site, are we accessing videos and concepts that aren’t posted on YouTube? Or does everyone have the ability to watch these videos? Basically, are we getting more for signing up or not? I see a lot of your videos on YouTube and wanted to make sure this was a special package. Thanks

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Joboxer December 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm

I am Joboxer, and I just tried to sign in and the site is telling me I don’t have access or password or anything. Please assist me in finding the problem here

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Joboxer December 19, 2016 at 11:41 pm

Got it covered. I will let you know if the problem occurs again. Thanks

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Joboxer December 19, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Im not able to access any special videos or package, I’m pretty sure i paid for something here? Please help

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Fran December 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Hey there

I’ve sent you an email to clear things up.

Zidm November 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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Matthew October 31, 2016 at 9:17 pm

I boxed a little when at college a very long time ago. Now, at the age of sixty-one, I’m training again alongside my son who’s thirty years younger. I’ve found your utube clips extremely inspiring and very helpful in reawakening the moves and drills that lie somewhere deep in my muscle memory.
Thanks in part to you I’ve not been in quite such good shape as I am now for some time.
Matthew.

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Fran November 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm

Brilliant Matthew, thank you for the feedback, that has really given me a lift. Let me know if I can be of any help as you get up close and personal with the noble art again 🙂

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Loren Picker July 29, 2016 at 4:27 am

Great resource right here! Keep it up Fran!

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Fran July 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

Hey William

Sent you an email
Cheers

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Cal July 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm

Hi Fran,

Although I’ve been boxing for some time I’ve never really been good at initiating an exchange, my main sparring partner has good countering ability and i feel as though whenever I try to start an attack I am worried about being countered. Is there something I can do to improve this aspect and overcome this fear.

Thank you

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Fran July 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

You need to use feinting Cal! Check out this link.

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Ace June 16, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Hey Fran

I love your videos. I have a nasty habit of leaning back on my right foot when delivering the left hook. I think this may be in part to me going up on my toes on the lead foot in an attempt to get proper rotation. Any tips for getting better with the hook and staying on balance?

best

Ace

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Fran June 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Hey Ace.

Maybe for a while focus on rotating hips from the front foot drive as opposed to a major push onto the back foot. Do you feel like your are losing power, because actually ending up with your weight on the back leg is not particularly something to be terribly worried about.

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Ace June 25, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Hey Fran

Thanks for the reply. I feel like I can’t really crack the mitts with my left hook. I’ve tried to break down all the steps. I may be chicken winging my left elbow a bit which is losing power. As I understand it, the left elbow should stay in close to the ribs as I rotate my hips, and really you’re just “turning the punch over” by bringing the elbow up and finishing on the back foot for the transfer of my full weight? I also think I may not be getting my elbow behind my fist which makes it more like a weak uppercut.

I think the left hook is a lot like a golf swing. I may be overanalyzing, but I haven’t had that “aha” moment with it when understanding that I needed to twist my hips and foot to deliver a powerful right cross.

Do you recommend any drills to improve the hook or is it just practice?

Best

Ace

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Fran July 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

Drills always help Ace, sorry for the delay by the way. Try adding your definite slip before the hook (don’t let your body weight go over your front foot though). This will add power. Make sure the rotation is ahead of the shot too, creating whiplash with the shot momentum. Hope this makes sense and helps

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JJ May 12, 2016 at 3:18 am

Hi Fran, I find this information very useful and understand it for the most part. I have a question though. Today was my second day of boxing im 28 141 pounds and about 5’8 and my trainer wanted me to spar 3-90 second rounds. I got a couple good shots in but he kept saying throw the left lead jab then straight right and get out of there because i was taking punches that i am fully capable of talking but would rather not because of his length. I was sparring with a guy that has been training for a year and a half and id say he was 5’10-5’11. Everytime i got out of there he was saying ur moving around to much and wasting to much energy. What is your opinion on what I should do next time to take full advantage of his length? I find the pivot complicated and yet it looks like such an easy maneuver. Thanks for your time

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Fran May 18, 2016 at 7:37 pm

Difficult to say without seeing the spar JJ. Get the basics right, use the double arm block (find a video on the site) and listen to your coach.

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Alex May 10, 2016 at 7:38 pm

Hi Fran,

I have just started boxing at the tender age of 31. Obviously I’m never going to be a world champion but I would like to become technically proficient and just see where it takes me. I discovered your Youtube videos tonight and am very impressed with the clarity of instruction. Great work! I am a teacher myself and frequently make instructional videos in my subject area so I know a good thing when I see one.

I’m just wondering what the key areas are that I should focus on as an absolute beginner- I’ve watched your video on how to avoid punches and punch back on Youtube and have started practising the jab-duck-jab technique.

Best Regards,

Alex

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Fran May 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Hi Alex

Sign up to the free videos and really focus on your footwork – that is incredibly important. If the feet are wrong everything else will be. Keep it simple.

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Michael May 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Hi Fran,

Really enjoy your advice and the teaching you provide. Only one issue I seem to have is when I get tired and come up against a boxer who is better skilled than me, my coach says I drop my arms by my side which leaves me open to hooks. I am a come forward boxer who likes to take the initiative but sometimes when I want to sit back and take a breather, I seem to get tagged by stupid hooks that I should know better. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks

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Fran May 17, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Hey Michael. Make use of the double arm block (find the video under the ‘Boxing Skills’ section). Make it habit.

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