I am three weeks into boxing and mma classes. This has probably been my toughest weeks and the best lesson. I am starting to break my karate habits in class and am able to catch myself. But I also learned I need to start working on perfecting my technique. I fell into the trap of worrying to get my opponents into submission and hits in the ring. This proved to be a big mistake.
For example, I sparred in the ring for the second time yesterday with a southpaw. I completely forgot about executing proper combos and just started brawling punches and regretted it when I took a nice hit to my left cheek. It was a sobering experience with my realization that by forgetting the technique where you need it the most opened me up for punishment. But it was a good lesson.
And then in MMA I struggled as well, but I have started to improve because I started focusing on my position because without it you cannot execute a proper submission.
With boxing I am going to practice becoming a technical fighter so I can be better prepared the next time I have to get in the ring. Several guys in my classes were great about giving me pointers. I don't feel so bad right now. My sparring partner is a seasoned boxer and it was a good learning experience getting hit. Now I know what I want to work on avoiding and I'm not quitting. I'm determined to turn myself into a boxer.
Next week I am going to come in a little early for bagwork-especially combination and training myself not to use tension so my punches can become swift and fluid. Kean McGill, the normal boxing coach will be returning (I have yet to meet him). I plan on asking him if he could spend a little more time with me to help me develop technique.