Teacher instructing boxing student on how to throw a propper punch

In Case You Missed it: Boxing Day Boxing Seminar at Lanna MMA

By Ryan McKinnon

Teacher instructing boxing student on how to throw a propper punch
Kru Jordan Discussing Some Details Of The Cross In His Boxing Day, Boxing Seminar

By Ryan McKinnon

After 48 hours of basically treating my body like a garbage disposal, I waddled
into Lanna MMA to partake in Kru Jordanʼs 2 hour boxing seminar. The turnout was
really good, with a lot of instructors and fighters in attendance.

Most people may not know that Jordan began his martial arts career in the
ʻSweet Scienceʼ of boxing, and spends a lot of time learning from expert instructors, as
well as attending seminars on his own time with his own dime. He is a wealth of
knowledge, and to make things more interesting, heʼs a southpaw. I wonʼt go into every detail surrounding the entire seminar. Instead Iʼve decided to
list the top 5 things that I took away from the seminar, that every student can put into
practice immediately to make themselves better boxers. They are in no particular order.

Coach holding a pad for a student throwing a punch in boxing
Kru Jordan holding pads for a student in a boxing class at Lanna MMA in Vaughan

***Disclaimer: todayʼs class was exclusively related to boxing, and not Muay Thai. Some
of the drills and exercises will not apply to Muay Thai striking and sparring. Please keep
this in mind when reading and practicing.***

5. There is no such thing as ʻtoo much shadowboxingʼ. Shadowboxing has a lot of
benefits. For starters, it warms the body and prepares you for the workout youʼre
about to do. Shadowboxing can be done slow to observe proper form, or quickly to
really heat up the body and activate the fast twitch muscle fibers. When you learn a
new technique, add it to your shadowboxing. Practice makes perfect, and
shadowboxing is one of the best ways to connect your mind with your body and make
techniques flow smoothly.

4. If it feels uncomfortable, practice until it doesnʼt. Putting yourself in uncomfortable
situations is a great challenge both in and out of the gym. For example, beginner
boxers usually have a hard time keeping their heads straight while throwing long
punches. The head will usually turn with shoulders, or theyʼll lean forward over their
hips, thereby losing some balance. Feeling uncomfortable with new techniques isnʼt a
bad thing. Growth comes from shocking the body. If you practice the fundamentals
correctly, your body will eventually become comfortable with the technique. Donʼt take
shortcuts. If you have to practice the technique slowly, do it. There is no finish line in
martial arts, and no such thing as perfection. Just keep practicing.

3. Learn to control your long, medium and short range punches. There is a time
and a place to throw various straight punches. Practicing the various ranges will help
train the body to do it on demand. This requires a lot of practice and body awareness.
I found this drill to be difficult, because Iʼm used to returning my hands to my chin.
After drilling it for a few rounds, I was able to bring my long jab 50% of the way back
to my body in order to throw a shorter range punch. I will definitely add this drill to my
shadowboxing routine.

2. Slipping long punches. Today I learned to slip sideways, opposed to slipping with a
slight lean forward. Jordan explained that if we are slipping long punches, a slight
lean forward means that we are within range to eat a cross after the jab. I never
considered this. The best way to describe the correct way to slip a long punch is by
thinking about the oblique crunch you see people doing with dumbbells at the gym.
Let your shoulder sink to one side, and dig your elbow into your hip. A correct slip
means youʼre just out of range from an opponentʼs cross. There is a time to slip with a
slight lean forward. This should happen when youʼre mounting an inside attack to the body
under your opponentʼs long range punches.

1. Working the body. After youʼve slipped a long punch, you might want to begin
closing the distance to inflict damage on your opponentʼs body. In order to do this
safely, you need to keep your knees bent, and your head low enough that your
opponent canʼt land clean punches to the vulnerable points of your head. You can roll
under medium range punches until your head is literally resting under your
opponentʼs chin, and against their chest. From there, begin to throw short range
punches to the body. An important point to note is that your punches should be
unrhythmic. There shouldnʼt be an even tempo to your punches so that you can
disrupt your opponentʼs breathing pattern. Hit them when they least expect it to draw
air out of their body, making your strikes more devastating.
Todayʼs seminar was extremely enlightening and informative to all skill levels.
Everyone took away something different from the class. The 5 points above are just a
few of my personal takeaways from today. The only way to get good at them is by
shadowboxing, drilling with a partner, and practicing until they become comfortable.

If you’re interested in learning more about the sport of boxing and its techniques make sure
to check out our Boxing Program

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