Learning to relax the shoulders
I've been training in Boxing for about two months now, and in Wing Chun for about eight months before that.
I'm constantly being told off for being too stiff - especially in my shoulders. My coach is right - I can feel it when I try to throw a punch, that the stiffness in my shoulders is holding me back, slowing me down, and wearing me out faster than otherwise.
I've been to a physio and he's given me some neck exercises/stretches to help loosen me up, but they haven't been very successful. I've also been trying Yoga, but only for a few weeks at this point. No noticeable change for me as yet.
I've probably spent 15-30 minutes a day for the last six months stretching/exercising my neck and shoulders, but so far I'm still stiff as a board when sparring.
Does anyone have any advice for ways to loosen up my shoulders - especially when sparring?
Thanks for any help, cheers,