Boxing Training Q/A: When To Sit Down On Your Punches.

I started boxing and I was told I hit really hard. Turns out I was always getting set or flatfooted for power but Id burn out really fast. Now Im on my toes more and don’t hit NEARLY as hard. When should you get set and when should you be on your toes? Thanks, Stander

Stander, you never want to be flat footed. You loose power and make yourself slow with your feet. When ripping a combination you can set down on your punches while digging into the mat while ON the balls of your feet so you can pivot and push off your feet when you punch. You can’t do that when you are flat footed. You also can’t cut a quick angle to punch off either while being flat footed.

Being on the balls of your feet allows you to own rhythm with your hands and feet. You more efficient/effective offensively and defensively. That’s how you want to be. You are handicapped and leaving power behind being flat footed.

As far as burning yourself out, try not to load up on every punch and relax when you punch. Don’t be tense and breath between combinations. That is the key to staying punching power. That along with proper technique.

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