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Eight Reasons To Master The Jab

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Eight Reasons To Master The Jab

I was always taught that the jab is the most important punch in boxing. Here are eight reasons why you want to master the jab. 1.Ruin your opponent's timing. When your opponent gets hits by your jab, for a split second they will need to re-set which allows you to follow up or exit safely 2.Keep the pressure. Jabbing with mean intent keeps you in the role of the predator. It’s very disconcerting to have an opponent with a dominant, stiff jab putting pressure on you. It forces them onto their back foot and gives you the psychological edge. 3.Set up combinations....

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Interview with Bob Breen

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Interview with Bob Breen

I was lucky enough to get an interview with Martial Arts Superstar Bob Breen about his thoughts on pad training.  Enjoy. There is plenty of gold in this interview.   Mittmaster Matt: Hello, Bob.   Guro Bob: Hello, Matt.   Mittmaster Matt: Do you use focus mitts?  Guro Bob: Yes all the time. But you have to use them for the right thing.  Mittmaster Matt: Which is?  Guro Bob: They are not for banging hard, but for understanding range, movement, accuracy, you know. And I try to make pad training very fluid.  Generally we do it on the spot for beginners, so...

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20 Tips To Improve Your Sparring

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20 Tips To Improve Your Sparring

Sparring should be the most enjoyable part of your training (apart from pad work that is!). However, many students struggle to apply the techniques that have drilled on the pads in sparring. Here are the 20 things you should try to use in EVERY sparring session.  (This list is adapted from Erik Paulson's Sparring Tips he gave me 15 years ago. Erik is a wonderful coach. He has forgotten more than most instructors know. Check him out at http://erikpaulson.com/   Hands up Keep your hands up beside your head in a defensive guard at all times   Chin down, shoulders up...

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Tips for holding pads safely

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Hey Mittmaster Matt here. I get alot of emails about injuries and holding pads. If you don't hold pads safely its inevitable that you will injure your wrist, elbow or shoulder (or all three if you are very unlucky). Check out the video below which covers the key concepts to keep you safe when holding pads.  Enjoy

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The 14 types of pad holder

Posted by Emma Gibbs De Olliveira on

Hey I was cruising the net and found this really cool article on the "14 Types of Pad Holder" Its really good and points out some of the strengths and flaws of each style. Check it out below:http://muaythaipros.com/the-14-types-of-pad-holders-you-find-training-in-thailand/CheersMittmaster Mattwww.mittmaster.comPS, I think I'm type 14, but I would think that....Which one are you?

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