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    Why practice jab cross this way?

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    Was wondering why when training the jab cross with focus mitts, (assuming I'm right handed), I jab to the right and cross to the left? The trainer is holding up two mitts on two hands. To cross, i have to twist my body to the left in order to hit the mitt and generate power, and perhaps it creates bad habits?

    The motion is uncomfortable, and to me, unrealistic. Why not jab cross to just a single mitt? This will be more realistic and mimicks real sparring more.

    Is there any logical reasoning behind this? Thanks.

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    Logical reason? it teaches targeting. You already do a 1-2 combo to the same spot on a heavy bag.
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    if you have to swing too wide in order to reach the pads its the padhodler at fault.

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    how far apart should the mitts be? Perhaps my training partner was holding it too far apart and it felt unnatural.

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    If he's holdin them straight out, yeah that's bad. If he's at all qualified he shouldn't be doin that though.

    It should look about like the vids here.
    http://www.boxing4free.com/focusmitts.html
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    I've always heard the crossover was to teach you to turn your body into the shots. The mitts should be less than their shoulder width apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PirateJon
    If he's holdin them straight out, yeah that's bad. If he's at all qualified he shouldn't be doin that though.

    It should look about like the vids here.
    http://www.boxing4free.com/focusmitts.html
    Thanks for the vids! Appreciate it!

    PS: Training partner isn't qualified, we take turns holding mitts for each other while training...:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteShark
    I've always heard the crossover was to teach you to turn your body into the shots. The mitts should be less than their shoulder width apart.
    Hey that's a great tip, thanks!

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    When I train, we just use one pad for both punches. Although it can be useful to use two and basically hold the jab pad further forward than the cross pad to simulate a retreating opponent.

    Yeah, improper pad holding can seriously create some horrendous habits. One that my friends and I often display is that when hodling for hooks (on a 1-2-3, for instance), we'll unconciously hold the hook pad way out to the side and/or too far forward, such that if we don't catch it, we end up swinging for the fence every hook and look like we're making a documentary about haymakers.

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    You think your opponent is always just a stationary target? It doesnt matter where the mits are, just punch them.

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