The BEGINNER’S Guide to Boxing
The ULTIMATE GUIDE to boxing!
Are you new to boxing and don’t know where to start? I made this complete basic boxing guide for all beginner boxers, filled with explanations, pictures, videos, and links to more detailed guides. Please share it with other aspiring boxers and fighters.
The Greatest Benefits About Boxing
First off, why boxing?
This question couldn’t have been any easier. Boxing is a great workout, perhaps the most challenging of all sports. Requires speed, agility, finesse, power, endurance, and ultimate mental toughness. Boxing pushes you like no other, pitting the finest and highest level athletes against each other. It’s a sweet science but at the same time also a raw and brutal sport.
More importantly boxing takes you further than you ever thought possible. Boxing makes you more alive than ever, more humble in defeat, and most glorious in victory. Boxing reveals the true fighter deep inside every single one of us.
Basic Boxing Technique
Basic Boxing Stance
The basic boxing stance is supposed to be easy for beginners to attack and defend easily. You’re well covered in this stance with both hands ready to attack easily. More advanced fighters will use different boxing stances for more advanced body movements and counter-punching opportunities.
The proper boxing stance – ready to attack or defend (see video)
- Front toe & back heel on the center line. Dominant hand in back (if you are right-handed, put the right hand in back).
- Weight evenly distributed across both legs, knees slightly bent.
- Feet diagonal, little wider than shoulder width apart, back heel raised.
- Elbows down, hands up.
- Head behind your gloves, chin slightly down, eyes see over the gloves.
- Relax and breathe!
*** Get used to returning to this position after all boxing movements!
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Basic Boxing Footwork
Beginners absolutely need to master the step-drag and pivot maneuvers. This type of movement may seem difficult at first because many people have a habit of always jumping off the ground. In boxing, you want to keep your feet down on the ground so you’re always ready to attack, defend, or move away. Also, jumping around is a huge waste of energy. The flashy footwork will come naturally once you develop better conditioning and technique.
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How To Box
Learn how to box in just 15 minutes. Learn how to punch, block, move, and the rules of boxing.
This article started out as a fun answer question and to an impossible question.
Can you show me how to box?
Anytime I meet new people that end up hearing about how I do boxing, the first question I always hear is, “Can you show me how to box?” My immediate answer use to always be, “no” because I didn’t think it was possible to teach boxing in 15 minutes.
Well times have changed and I’ve figured out a very quick routine you can use to show anybody (or even yourself) how to box in 15 minutes. The goal is to make sure they have fun and convert them into boxers or at least people who appreciate boxing that much more. I’ve actually gotten very good at it since I’ve been able to convince dozens of people over the years to pick up boxing. Some of them fell in love with the sport just as much as I did. Even if some people never liked fighting very much, they did appreciate the fights that much more. Imagine how popular boxing would be if we could all appreciate everyone’s appreciation for boxing. end up hearing about how I do boxing, the first question I always hear is, “Can you show me how to box?” My immediate answer use to always be, “no” because I didn’t think it was possible to teach boxing in 15 minutes.
The Game of Boxing
Boxing is a game of outscoring your opponent. You score “points” by being able to hit your opponent with punches. You keep your opponents from scoring points by not letting them hit you. The game also allows for a knockouts which is an automatic win if you manage to knock your opponent out. Because of the chance of getting knocked out, you shouldn’t let your opponent hit you even if you’re way ahead on points. In short, the goal of boxing is to hit and not get hit.
Rules Of Boxing
You can only score points by hitting your opponents with a closed fist and making contact with the knuckles. You can only hit your opponent on the front of their body from the belly button up to the head. Hitting your opponent with any other part of your hand or body is not allowed. Hitting the back of your opponent or below the belly button is not allowed.
No cheap shots, hitting below the belt, hitting behind the head, hitting on the break, holding each other’s arms, stepping on each other’s feet, headbutting, elbowing, pushing, etc. If it feels cheap or dirty, it probably is.
Now For Some Boxing Techniques
Stand with your dominant hand and dominant foot in the back. Feet are spread about shoulder-width apart with the toes pointing out diagonally at roughly 45 degree angles. Your gloves are generally held to your cheeks with your elbows pointing down. Your knees are bent a little and the back is straight. Your shoulders are turned a little to the side so that your upper-body is not facing your opponent straight on.
Moving Like A Boxer
You can move around the ring however you want. Try to keep your feet close to the ground and slide them or don’t raise them too high off the floor when you lift your feet. You should try not to cross your feet, let them get too close or too far because you can be easily pushed off balance and you wont be in position to punch. Regardless of how you decide to move, try to return to your stance before you punch. Just remember that jumping around will waste a lot of energy.
How To Throw Boxing Punches
- Jab – punch your front arm straight towards your opponent.
- Right Cross – throw the back hand straight towards your opponent, pivot your back foot and rotate your whole body into the punch to get more power
- Left Hook – Pivoting your entire body including the feet, extend your left arm out a little and then swing your fist si
How to Box
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Welcome to Boxing for Life! This site is dedicated to teach individuals how to box, and to give back to the sport that has helped change my life. Here you will learn the basics of how to box and train.
How many times have you flipped through the channels and caught yourself stopping to tune in to a scene from one of the Rocky movies?
I, too, got caught up in the movie’s theme of hard work and determination prevailing over all. As with most kids Rocky was the reason I got involved in the sport of boxing. Every time I would watch one of the movies I would find myself outside training to the soundtrack.
What fascinated me the most was Rocky’s pure determination to go the extra round. Even more impressive was the shape that Sylvester Stallone was in for the movies. It would not sink in until much later that boxing and conditioning is hard work.
Everyone wants to either learn how to throw a punch or dodge one. However there is far more to boxing, such as getting your body ready and conditioned for what boxing is about to do to it.
Here you will learn the basics of boxing, from how to throw the common jab, cross, and hook, to learning proper form for push-ups, squats, pull-ups and chin-ups. Boxing exercises and weight training are just as important as learning to punch.
This might seem overwhelming at first, but I have broken the site down into different steps ranging from beginner boxing tips all the way through advance boxing training works outs.
Throughout these sessions you will begin learning how to box one step at a time. You will not only learn to box, but also how to condition your body. Soon this will become something that you look forward to.
Learning to box will take time and a lot of effort. We will provide you the tips and tricks on everything you will need to know at no cost. It will not be an easy task but nothing good ever comes easy.
Simply follow the on-site navigation bar on the left hand side of your screen in the order listed to progress through the program.
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Boxing Basics for Beginners ⋆ MMA Revolution
So you think you want to learn how to box? That is freaking awesome, and this guide is a great place to begin your research into the boxing basics for beginners. You will learn many skills that physically and mentally challenge you. Not only might you get into the best shape of your life, but you will reap the many rewards of hard work and discipline that a sport like boxing can teach you.
Boxing is a great sport, rich with history in many regions across the world. Whether you want to learn a new sport, learn boxing skills for fitness, or begin a road into the competitive boxing world, boxing is something anyone can learn if you so desire.
Boxing is inspiring, it motivates, and has a natural tendency to produce underdog stories. There is a reason Hollywood has produced so many classic boxing movies. Yo Adrian!
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Boxing Participation is on the Rise
Since 2006, participation in boxing has been on the rise. Boxing for fitness and boxing for competition has grown from 2 million participants, up to over 6 million in 2015.
In its most basic form, boxing is an inexpensive sport to get into; you can shadow box for free, spar with a friend, or give the heavy bag a beating in the comfort of your own garage.
I’m just speculating, but perhaps the stress of the economic difficulties from 2007-2011 has led people to rediscover the simple physical and mental benefits of the sport, as you’ll find out below.
Benefits of Boxing
- Ultimate Fitness Workout – Studies have shown that boxing workouts are some of the highest calorie burning activities you can do. The average person can burn up to 400 calories with just 30 minutes of regular sparring with a partner or with a heavy bag.
- High Intensity, Low Impact – Boxing workouts for fitness incorporate HIIT (high-intensity interval training) principles that create full body workouts that burn fat, improve your cardiovascular conditioning while being far easier on your joints than activities like running.
- Builds Strength & Endurance – Boxing teaches you an array of awesome punches and techniques, which naturally builds upper body strength and endurance, without the strain (and grunting) of weightlifting. Rope jumping and footwork routines do the same for your lower body.
- Improves Your Mental Focus – In a weird way, boxing improves your mental focus by forcing you to think about only your form and technique. Going through a boxing workout is a great way to clear out the thoughts cluttering up your mind.
- Builds Self Confidence – What could be more inspiring than learning how to punch something, hard. You might start out as a total newbie, but after weeks and months of boxing classes, you start to walk around knowing you have a particular set of skills in your back pocket.
- Great Stress Relief – When you put forth great physical exertion, your body releases a stream of wondrous endorphin’s that has a way of melting away the stresses of the world. Endorphins can be addicting in a way and are a totally natural way to make you feel better mentally and physically.
- Teaches Basic Self Defense – Boxing isn’t really meant to be self-defense training, but it does teach you some fundamentals that can be lifesaving if you come to some jackass on the street. Remember thugs don’t play by the rules on the street, so I highly recommend this article for more self-defense info.
- Great for Youth – Under the right trainers, boxing is a fantastic tool for developing critical self-confidence and positive self-image in youth. It’s not about fighting, it’s about doing something physical that’s hard. Over the years our culture has encouraged sedentary activates like video game and plating on smartphones. Youth need physical activity to maintain a healthy level of fitness, which boxing excels at.
Find a Boxing Gym
Now that you understand the myriad benefits of a boxing regimen, it’s time to go out and find yourself a good boxing gym. Like any other type of gym, not all are equal. Boxing for fitness has different requirements than learning to box for competition. A good boxing gym has certified trainers, quality equipment, and lots of helpful people to help maintain your motivation. The good gyms know how to help you achieve your goals.
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Essential Boxing Equipment
Before you even begin throwing your first punches, you need to be prepared with the right equipment. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go out and buy the best stuff on the market, but you should look for quality gear that will last you a long time. It can get a little pricey, but remember that your gear is an investment into your new hobby. For a lot of people, spending money like this makes them more committed to sticking with it. While not a complete list of everything an aspiring fighter needs, these are the essential pieces of gear that will get you on the right path.
- Hand Wraps – Hand wraps are used to protect your knuckles and hands under your gloves. They are usually made out of cloth and take some practice learning how to wrap up properly.
- Boxing Gloves – Every boxer needs their own gloves. There are different sizes and weights for sparring, competition, women’s specific, and youth-specific. You should invest in a pair that is at the weight limit that is appropriate for what type of fighting and training you plan on doing, whether traditional boxing or MMA.
- Boxing Footwear – Boxing shoes are usually high topped and have a grip that is appropriate for a canvas ring. They are designed to keep your ankles and feet stable while moving around. They are not for running or other cardio.
- Headgear – Amateur fighters are required to wear headgear, so it is a good idea to go ahead and find some good fitting headgear to fight in.
- Mouth Guards – A mouth guard protects your teeth from getting shattered when getting punched in the face, and also helps you not bite your tongue. Practicing with one in your mouth will help you learn how to breathe.
- Heavy Bag – A good heavy bag will help you work on punching power, footwork, and just overall stamina. There are tons of great heavy bag workouts to build your strength. Traditional hanging heavy bags are great, but if you want something more portable at home, go with a free standing punching bag.
- Speed Bag – The speed bag is a small punching bag mounted on a platform and swivel that allows rapid fire punching. A speed bag helps you work on hand speed, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and stamina. It can also help you build some strength in your shoulder muscles. Check out these awesome speed bag workouts.
- Double End Bag – This is a speed bag type ball that is connected to the ceiling and floor with a rope or bungee. This is a great alternative to speed bags that allow you to practice many different punch combinations.
- Focus Mitts – Focus mitts, sometimes called punch mitts or sparring pads, will let you punch your partner at full power without hurting them. It will help you work on your movement, punch targeting, and overall power.
- Jump Rope – The jump rope is the best cardio tool for any fighter. It will help you work on going longer into the rounds, build up a lot of stamina, and is low impact enough to keep you from getting injured.
How to Box for Beginners
Boxing is a sport that anyone can learn, as long as you have some desire and internal fortitude. I want to first go through the boxing basics at a very high-level view. Then we will discuss many of these topics in greater depth later. Let’s review each of these boxing fundamentals that are essential for beginners to learn how to box.
Boxing Basics #1 – Boxing Stance and Guard
Before you ever throw a punch, you need to perfect your stance. There are several different types of stances, but for the absolute beginner, work on that is nice and balanced for both offense and defense.
A good stance starts with placing your two feet about shoulder length apart, with your dominant leg in the back, and the other up front. Imagine there is a line going down the middle of your body. Your feet should be on both sides of that line, with your dominant one’s heel touching it while pointing out, and your front foot touching it with your big toe.
Your guard should protect your face and body, depending on where they are punching. You don’t want to be facing them squarely, because that gives them a bigger target to punch.
Footwork is just as important as punching, so make sure you have a good idea of how to move your feet. You should keep your weight balanced so you can move easier back and forth. You should also never be to square to your opponent. Keep your feet spread out, but not too far and not too close together.
Boxing Basics #3 – Learn the Punches
Boxing has 4 main punches that you need to learn to be effective in the ring. They are the jab, the cross, the hook, and the uppercut.
- Jab – The jab is the most basic punch. It is the lead in most combinations and can be used to whittle down your opponent. Standing in your proper stance, the jab a straight punch coming from your front hand which is your non-dominant one.
- Cross – The cross is another straight punch, but it comes from your dominant hand and carries more power than the jab. Use it to finish up combos or to put your opponent off balance.
- Uppercut – Using either hand, the uppercut comes from lowering your arm and bringing up a punch in an upward motion. It is used to strike your opponent on the chin and is a great punch for finishing a combo and delivering a knockout blow.
- Hook – A hook is using either hand in a horizontal motion. It is effective because it comes at an opponent from their peripheral vision. It can be used on both the face and the body and carries a lot of power. Many professional fighters use the hook as a finishing blow.
- Combinations – Combos come in many forms. Often times they are set up by the jab. Work on throwing a jab, a cross, and a hook in quick succession. That is one of the most fundamental combos that most beginning fighters learn.
Boxing Basics #4 – Defensive Techniques
Boxing is not just about punching your opponent. They will be punching back, so learning good defensive techniques is a must. A good training program involves both offense and defense. When you are defending yourself, you will be using all parts of your body: arms, head, torso, and feet.
- Arms – Your arms give you reach, so use them to fend off punches. You can block punches by putting both your arms in front of your face, absorbing the blows. You can also do this to block your body. Finally, you can dodge and slip punches by parrying them in mid-swing with your arms extended. Think of it like you are sword fighting. Your arms are like a sword and shield, blocking and parrying their weapons.
- Body and Head – Moving your head out of the way of their punches by bending at the waist is called a slip. You can also bob and weave to make you harder to hit directly. If you need some time to catch your breath, or if you want to limit your opponents’ power, you can clinch with them by grabbing them and pulling them into your body. When you get into a situation where a flurry of punches are coming in, simply knowing how to cover up your face with your arms and body can save you.
- Footwork – All of your movement in the ring comes down to your footwork. This is why your stance is so important. A neutral stance has your weight centered, so when you need to pull back or sidestep, you can easily shift your weight back and forth to glide across the ring. You can also move your opponent by pivoting around them or create distance by pulling away.
Boxing Basics #5 – Sparring
While you can learn a lot about fighting with just you and a mirror, it is vital that you put your newfound skills into practice with a sparring partner. Sparring allows you to understand how it would feel to fight a real opponent.
There are several different types of sparring techniques, each one designed to work on different aspects of boxing.
For example, a sparring partner wearing sparring pads will allow you to work on your punch power, footwork and hand speed. A low contact sparring session will help you work on your ring presence, your ability to move, your footwork and your body movement. Full contact sparring is a great way to simulate a real fight. It allows you to put together everything you have learned into a complete package.
When sparring, remember to always take it slow and be extra careful. You don’t want to hurt your partner, and you don’t want to get hurt by them either. Sparring is designed to give you real-world experience in a fighting environment, so find someone who is more knowledgeable than you to give you pointers while in the ring.
Learn How to Box in 10 Days – A Comprehensive Guide
Your goal may be to get in shape, feel more confident or to optimize your mental and physical strengths.
Boxing will help you do that and you’ll find out a lot of things about yourself that you didn’t know before. Without a mentor it can be tough to learn how to box. Where do you start?
What exercises works best in boxing? How do you throw a punch with the correct technique? How do you defend yourself from punches?
Johnny Nguyen, boxing coach and founder of ExpertBoxing.com understands the mechanics of a fighter and how to get started in the tough but beautiful sport of boxing.
His highly regarded ‘How to Box in 10 Days’ is an accelerated boxing course for beginners that teaches everything from strength and conditioning to developing punching power. Experience is the best teacher and Johnny has fair share of it.
“There was a time when I didn’t know how to wrap my hands. I didn’t know how to breathe, let alone breathe through a mouthpiece. I couldn’t throw a proper jab and couldn’t punch without getting tired. I was nervous in every fight and got tired without throwing any punches. I got hit with punches even when I kept my hands up.
I didn’t stand a chance until I learned some real boxing technique. This was the hardest part of being a beginner; the trainers paid more attention to the best fighters than the beginners. I had to earn respect by taking punishment in the ring before trainers and other boxers would bother helping me.”
Training in the LA based, La Habra Boxing Club alongside top amateurs and professionals has taught him a great deal not only about boxing, but also about himself. Nothing less is expected from a Mexican gym where mental toughness is vital to survive.
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Top 5 Tips When Starting to Learn How to Box
1) Get the Right Boxing Equipment
Knowing the right boxing equipment to get will save you money and more importantly, it can prevent injury. It’s very common to buy a pair of boxing gloves only for them to tear from the inside within a few days or weeks.
Headgear is an issue too because there are different types and knowing what’s best for you will improve your performance during sparring. So before you waste your money by just buying anything that looks good, do your research first.
2) Get Your Stance and Footwork Right
It’s very important to have a solid foundation in boxing. This means your stance and your footwork. By not mastering these attributes, you’ll constantly be off balance when moving and you’ll decrease your punching power also.
You must learn how to plant your feet and move around the ring effectively. If you know how to control the ring with your movement, then you can make your opponent fight at your own pace.
3) Learn the Different Ways of Punching
Jabs, hooks, uppercuts, crosses are just a few types of punches. The more ‘tools’ you have in your toolbox means that you can catch your opponents at different angles and positions as well as making them respect you a bit more in the ring. It’s always good to have a wide punch selection so that you can put your combinations together better.
4) Work on Your Defense
Defense is just as important as offense. It’s often more difficult to defend than attack because it requires more focus. Blocking, parrying, slipping and footwork are all aspects of boxing defense and each one must be utilized effectively in order to become a decent all round fighter.
This is especially important when you’re going up against someone who is physically stronger and can punch harder than you.
The La Habra Boxing Club had an unlimited amount of sparring partners and trainers.
Being a Mexican gym meant that if you wanted to fight, you were given the equipment and chucked in the ring, regardless of your experience.
However, just from within that sparring session, you’d learn more about boxing and yourself than hundreds of hours of normal gym work.
While you may not want throw yourself in the ring straight away, at some point you will have to, and the sooner the better.
Johnny’s ‘How to Box in 10 Days’ reveals much more information on ‘The Sweet Science’ of boxing. It features 300 pages of no nonsense guides, a 1hr 40mins instructional HD video and a tonne of high quality boxing demonstration images.
It’s truly one of the only best boxing courses around and has received praise from boxing insiders and new students.
“I own/operate Ramos Boxing Team out of San Antonio. I was an amateur boxer from 1987 until 1995, professional from 95-00 and have been coaching since 96. I find your articles very accurate and in line with my way of thinking of the sport. It’s good to find the younger generation out there with some common boxing sense. Keep spreading truth!” – Arturo Ramos III, RamosBoxing.com
“Bought a copy hours ago and started reading. I’m only about 30 pages into it but I have to say, this book was much more than a review for me. I have to say, even for a seasoned boxer with amateur experience like myself, there’s a lot I could learn from this. Very well organized and I love the pictures. It makes the learning process easier. Good job, J! I hope you have more guides coming out, I’ll be first in line.” – Steve, New Boxing Student
There are a variety of reasons why people take up boxing, and many of them don’t actually want to compete but do it for fun and health purposes.
Time and money is an important factor when taking up any new sport, but Johnny Nguyen’s ‘How to Box in 10 Days’ will save you both. For the price of roughly 2 private lessons, you can learn at your own pace and you’ll see a huge improvement in your skills, technique and fitness.
“I went from being the guy nobody ever noticed, to the prospect every trainer wanted to work with. I went from “hopeless beginner” to “championship potential” in a short period. I don’t get nervous anymore before sparring matches. I enjoy fighting and get excited about stepping into the ring because I know how to box now.” – Johnny Nguyen
To get the most out of your training, I highly recommend the following top-rated boxing training guides:
► Advanced Boxing Workshop Course (improve balance, footwork and punching power)
► How To Box In 10 Days Course (quickly learn all the boxing fundamentals)
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Learn how to Box Braid — Quick How to Tutorial
You might have heard about box braids but may not have a clue how to do this in your hair. This trendy look may seem tricky, but if you follow our step by step tutorial your hair will look amazing in no time!
- Like normal, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. The more important aspect is conditioner — since box braids are more permanent you’ll want to make sure your hair has a lot of moisture. 😉 The good news is that once your braids are in you can wash them, but for now make sure you give your hair a good washing.
- Next take your dry locks and section it into four different parts. Now comes the tricky part. For each section, make sure that your hair is in four even and straight squares. If your hair is in quarters it will be much easier to master this style. After sectioning off your hair, find clips and use them to hold each section.
- Part your hair with a small part in the first section of hair. With a small amount of hair (like a pinch of hair), you’ll be able to succeed at the next step. Make sure all of your parts are about the same size.
- Now it’s time to either braid or plait your hair from the first pinch. After you have your pinch of hair, take the three sections of hair (of the pinch), and cross the left section under the middle section. After this part, put the right section under the middle section, which will result in a braid.
- Continue to braid the entire section from the top to the bottom (or root to tip). Secure your hair with a small rubber band so that it will keep your braid from coming out. Also, if it is at all possible not to use a band this will be better because sometimes bands will cause damage in your hair if you’re not careful.
- Now it’s time to make another part from the first section of your hair. Braid this section too. Be careful and make sure that all of your parts are even and straight. They should look like individual and tiny boxes.
Once that section is complete, move on to the next section. You should have your full head of hair in individual tiny box braids by the time you are done.
Once you are done with every section of hair where your box braids will be, you should have about 100 or more box braids! Each small part will result in box braids and if you want the braids smaller, make your part even smaller as you continue to braid. Keep in mind that this process can take hours to complete, so if you have a friend or a professional who knows how to braid quickly, they may be able to help you complete this look in record speed. 😉
Tips to Remember:
Don’t braid your hair too tightly. You don’t want to lose some of your hair or damage it in any way. So style it tightly but not too tightly.
Another tip is that you can cover your hair with a silk scarf if you want to keep your hairstyle extra tidy as you braid or even after this look is complete!
Enjoy a style that looks nice without rubber bands on the ends, but the bands can be purchased from a beauty store if you prefer to have them in your hair.
Have fun braiding your box braids and tweet us a picture if you decide to try out this style!