Hooks, Training, Filming

 

Striking

The Power in a Hook Comes from Body Rotation & Leg Drive... the Fist is Just What Happens to Hit

If you haven’t developed power in your hooking punches yet, try thinking of it as being all about body rotation and leg drive, with the arm (fist) just happening to be what makes contact.

That will put your focus on the major muscles driving the punch, rather simply contracting your pectoral muscles for an arm punch.

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Training

The Way You Train is The Way You'll Fight

It’s so important to realize that there is NO thinking during a fight. You won’t suddenly change what you do, or “remember” to do things differently in the heat of battle. Simply put, whatever you’ve done the most repetition during training is what you’ll do when you fight.

And possibly just as important as applying this to your physical skills, is applying it to your mind. You need to repeatedly practice the “mindset” you want to have in a fight, otherwise it just won’t be there when you need it. 

And, once you’ve found your ultimate “mindset”, don’t try to suddenly adapt a new “wild-eyed intensity” when you fight. If it wasn’t optimal for training, it won’t be optimal for fighting, either. 

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Training

Film Yourself for Fast Improvement

Think about how easy it is to critique someone’s fighting when you’re watching them from the sidelines. 

Now, imagine how great it would be if you did that for yourself, too. If you’ve never filmed yourself grappling or striking, do it. You’ll see lots of things about your abilities (good and bad) that you didn’t realize.

The bad things will give you things to work on, the good ones will build your confidence. It’s a great tool for improvement.

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Keep training! 
Bob