Boxing, like any sport can be intimidating, especially when you hear the terminology being used and have no clue what’s going on! In general, the language used in boxing is more often than not referring to the movement you are carrying out- so it is easy to catch onto terms when you actually start practicing.
Let’s break down the basic lingo that you’ll hear in the world of boxing. Keep in mind that while Legends Boxing uses a number system for punches, it’s all based off of the same movements.
Jab - This is a punch that is designed to help create space between you and your opponent. To perform this move, you will get into a ready stance (fists protecting your face) with your non-dominant hand in front. With your dominant hand you will then extend and punch forward. It is important to keep in mind how your body is positioned — knees slightly bent, hips between your feet, and with your front foot slightly forward compared to your back.
Cross - This punch sounds just like the name. The purpose is to throw across your body, shifting your weight counterclockwise as you move. Typically thrown with your dominant hand for beginners, you will focus on that rotation — shifting your weight from the back foot to the front while aiming around the chin area and keeping your front non-dominant hand tucked close to your face/cheek for your protection.
Hook - This is your power punch! For beginners this tends to be thrown from your non-dominant hand due to the jab, cross, hook combination. This is a horizontal punch that comes from shifting your weight from the front foot allowing you to swivel to create movement from the upper body and hips (ideally this punch will look just as it sounds- a hook-like motion aimed for the side of the opponent's face or body in this situation.)
Uppercut - Stay planted for this one, as all of your power and moment comes from the force your punch creates. This is often used after a hook, aiming at an upward angle. (These are the big shots you see in the movies that nail the opponent in the chin, forcing their momentum upwards and back creating a lot of power and damage!)
Muscle memory plays a huge role in helping remember this terminology when it comes to boxing and with practice, comes progress! Let loose, have fun, and be open to learning and making mistakes as you go because that is preparing you in every way you need for this awesome sport and discipline.
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