Join Date: May 2007
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To remind yourself about keeping those hands up when throwing punches, there are a couple of things you could do. One is to focus more on your guard than your punches. Continue to punch as you normally would, but think more about the placement of your hands than the power/speed/whatever of the punch. Secondly, find a system to check your guard. The way I like to do it is to use my thumbs.
First, I choose how high I want my hands to be. If I want them at eye-level, I make sure that my thumbs are always touching my eyebrows when I'm not punching. When I am throwing straight punches, I make sure that the non-punching thumb remains in contact with my according eyebrow. When I'm throwing hooks or uppercuts, I consciously place my guarding hand further out in front of my face. After throwing each punch, make sure to bring the thumb back to your eyebrow as fast as possible.
EDIT: I'm not saying that your normal fighting stance should involve touching your thumb to your eyebrow, but doing this keeps you in the habit of having hands at that level.
As for putting your hips into punches, a good reminder is to focus on your feet. Make sure that your hands dont fly until you've pushed off on the appropriate foot. (Before your hip can turn, you need to push off on that foot.)If it isn't habit by now to throw your hips into punches, its easy to shoot out those hands and forget about torquing, which is why you have to prioritize turning first.
As for leaning on your left foot when you throw a cross, I think that would be normal (As long as you're not off balance). Your weight will be on your left foot when throwing that punch, and when you throw a left punch, your weight will be on your right foot. That just means you're putting hip-torque into it.
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Last edited by Kin; 09-18-2007 at 07:04 PM.