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    Advice Please! Getting Comfortable with Striking

    Hello everyone. First and foremost, I train BJJ. However, lately I have been training stand up, (MMA and boxing), for a couple reasons, mostly to improve my BJJ, and also to better my self defense capability. I find I am having large problems. Aside from my technical suckery, the main problem I have is, I am unconfortable getting hit. When the punches come, I tend to either cover up, and put my head down, or back away, turning slightly to my right, both bad habits! It seems every time I throw a punch (usually a jab, I get a hook thrown at me, making me extremely gun shy. I feel like I get overwelmed as my sparring partners come in with combos, I feel like this is not where I want to be, and revert to my BJJ, wanting to take the fight to the ground at the earliest possible opportunity. I don't know much, jab, cross, left hook, right hook, I know a couple kicks, the front kick, and then leg kicks, none of which I throw particularly well. I know the technical aspect of my game will improve with practice, but I am not sure what to do about the mental aspect. Did any of you have similar problems? What can I do to make myself more comfortable with the stand up game? How do I get past the... fear (?) of getting hit? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. BTW, just so you know, I am not training to fight. I am not a fighter. I love training, I love BJJ, and I want to be comfortable with my ability to defend myself should the need ever arise. I want to be a realistic training partner for my teamates, and right now, I am far from that.

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    Heya! I had a similar problem when I started boxing earlier this year. I got some great advice when I posted about it, so here's the link:

    http://www.bullshido.net/forums/showthread.php?t=56662

    I am much better now at not being so skittish. It really is something that improves with time. Stick with it!

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    The drills omega posted on this very same subforum will help you get used to getting hit in the head pretty quickly

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    Thanks AeroChick!

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    Thanks selfcritical, great videos!

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    My striking went leaps and bounds after the first time I got a real good powerful undefended punch to my face.

    Quite literally knocked some sense into me. It helps you realize that yes, getting punched hard sucks, but won't break you or even necessarily KO you.

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    Also, learning to be mobile while covering while help. A lot of people are either moving and evading or standing still and double covering, with nothing in between. Making sure you keep working when you are forced to cover will help(the best example i've seen of this is the Rodney King crazy monkey material)

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