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    Jabbing jabs

    This is retarded. I realize that. But somewhere along the way in sparring I've developed this habit no matter how many times I get hit in the face. How do I not do this?

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    Paging BFM to the courtesy phone. I actually am not able to form a picture of what you are doing based on the words you are using, so I have no idea what to tell you, other than don't get hit in the face.

    That being said, we have many strikey striker types here who should be able to clear this up.

    I would ask that you give a more complete description of what you are doing if possible though. It may trigger something in either your own mind, or one of ours to better assist you.

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    Okay. So when I spar, I've been using my jab sometimes to deflect punches. I've been told this is wrong. And I can see how this can be bad (opening me up to counter shots, terrible idea in self defense, not that that's my purpose for all this) it just seems to be instinctual and I don't know how to drill it out of ms.

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    Me* yeah really sweaty right now, hard to get the right letters to type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmymuaythai View Post
    Okay. So when I spar, I've been using my jab sometimes to deflect punches. I've been told this is wrong. And I can see how this can be bad (opening me up to counter shots, terrible idea in self defense, not that that's my purpose for all this) it just seems to be instinctual and I don't know how to drill it out of ms.
    You mean using your left elbow and forearm to deflect incoming punches?

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    At times, but also, I mean, trying to parry punches but it ends up literally punching the punch.

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    This is with 14/oz gloves on, though.

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    I'm not really qualified to give advice on this, since I do a sort of karate with gloves and protective gear, but the only thing I can think of is that you are focusing too much on defence and too few on punching the face of the other guy, so you end up looking at the other guy's gloves.
    Try focusing more on punching the other guy and less on not being punched, IMHO.

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    That makes sense. Tbh I do kind of look at their gloves more than I should. I could just be getting ahead of myself, but I usually am trying to get hit less.

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    Ok, NOW I know what is going on. Your distance management is wrecked. Your jab should be something that threatens the other guy and puts you in a better position by forcing him to adjust to your distance. Your GUARD should be what deflects the punches.

    Now, in the chaos of sparring and fighting this can get somewhat confused, but try this: When you are working the focus mitts, have whoever is holding them for you take a swing at you with the mits on in the middle of the combo you are working. Defend or duck the shot then keep punching. This will get you used to defending WHILE punching so you don't stop throwing to parry.

    Also, consider when hitting the heavy bag make sure you are using footwork and your jab to control its distance to you. That will get you used to using the jab as a punch and distance management tool.

    Between those 2, it will tighten up your boxing a bit and get you used to using distance, timing, angles and a good guard as your defense. Parrying or blocking punches is a last ditch effort because it usually means you are not in a good position and it doesn't usually put you in a better one. Fights happen too fast with fists for dual-tempo block and counter defenses. The other guy could be throwing punches in bunches and you gotta be ready for that.

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