Dealing with a right cross
Hey, all! I'm one of those people who always floats around on the internet but never actually comments or posts, and this is my first Bullshido post. I'm looking for some advice on how to deal with a right cross.
I have a TKD background, but I've dabbled in other styles and studied with a lotta different folks. I only recently started doing full contact kickboxing fights, and the first one was a serious paradigm-changing event. So much of what I had learned and was expecting to do I found was absolutely f*ckin' useless, and I discovered 10,000 deficiencies in my technique. I've been since working on them as I have another fight arranged in about 13 weeks.
The number 1 skill I'm lacking in stand-up is boxing skills. I've been working hard on fixing this, studying and training and experimenting. However, there is no boxing class/instructor in my town. Tons o' TKD or MMA schools, but not a single boxing club. :-/
So... how do I deal with a right cross or even a right hook? If both fighters are in a closed stance (both fight orthodox). For instance, if I'm trying to get in close with my hands I get intimidated after I throw the jab in a 1-2 combination because I know that my opponent's rear hand is comin'. I keep my glove up by the side of my face and my elbow tucked in when I throw my own cross, but I often eat one to the body in return. And I'm afraid to drop my guard down to cover because that's when my opponent's hook/cross goes high and smokes me in the head. It really throws my momentum off when I'm trying to get to brawling and swinging. I wanna practice hand combos, but TKD never really prepared me for getting in close and staying there.
All my normal ways of dealing with it involve retreating out of his hand range and throwing a kick. But it forces me to give up ground, even if I'm side-stepping. I want to find a solution that allows me to stay in and keep brawling. Even tho' I see the punch coming, I'm not sure of the best defense for it and I tense up or lean way back. And if I try to bob and weave, I can always avoid the jab but that's when he shoots the punch to my body.
Solutions? Sorry for being so long-winded and such. Thanks in advance!