Jun 17 2011

Raw KO Punching Power: God Given Or Created?

Rob, is power God Given, or can it be made? I know Cus D’amato believed it was God given. However, I notice when I don’t lift and do things like that I do notice a decline and i’m told i’m heavy handed in the´╗┐ gym. Francis

Francis, Great question! I know through experience that you CAN improve power, but TRUE power punchers are born with the attitude/genetic make that delivers that power.

Look at the attitude of some of the most deadly punchers that ever lived, Ernie Shavers, George Foreman, Wilfredo Gomez, Joe Louis, Tommy Hearns, Mike Tyson, Julian Jackson, Terry Norris, Gerald McClellan, and Carlos Zarate to name a few. They were born with that temperament to hurt people in that ring.

You couldn’t have turned Willie Pep or Pernell Whitaker into savage power punchers. Could their power have been improved?, yes, but improvement is far different from a devastating, fight changing, heavy handed, KO puncher.

Speed is power my friend. If you stop training for speed you will get slower and feel the decline. Since you are heavy handed maintain the speed training, cause that’s how the KO’s happen. It’s the punch that’s not seen. Speed delivers that.

We know speed is born from strength, so maintain what you are doing and strive to perfect technique. Study the above power punchers too. Their attitude is addicting. It was said that former power punching Light heavyweight champ Michael Moore used to lock himself in a dark room and watch intense/graphic horror movies and gore films, he fed off of that shit.

So do what you can with what you have, perfect it to the best of your ability, and strive to perfect skill. Get in the ring and trump whatever strengths your opponent may have. That’s what boxing is about. Using what you have well, while shutting down/taking away your opponents strengths and capitalizing on their weaknesses.

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Jul 19 2010

Boxing Workout Tip: Body Shield Training.

Here’s a striking shield we like to use in our boxing workouts. We like the versatility it offers.

Check it out.

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Dec 18 2009

Mma Circuit Training Conditioning Workout.

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Dec 4 2009

Don’t Forget To Do This When Cutting Angles In The Ring.

I often see a very fundamental mistake when fighters cut angles in sparring or in an actual fight. They cut the angle but take themselves too far out of position to counter.

The fundamental law of cutting angles is cut over and in. You must move in when cutting the angle in one smooth motion to take advantage of the opening you created.

Work on this while shadow boxing in front of a mirror so you can see yourself stepping over and in. Embed this motion and enjoy the bountiful scoring opportunities it gives you.

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