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Old 12-11-2010, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need help from a striker

I'm a bjj guy and am starting to cross train into striking, mostly boxing. I've got good technique and have KO power (per my coach), but when I get in a fighting situation I tense up and have a hard time letting my punches go, primarily because I hate to get hit and I cover up and get all Brock Lesnar when the punches start to fly...any tips on how to keep my composure during exchanges from guys who've been there?
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Old 12-12-2010, 03:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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experiences, get used to it, keep your head up and read the distance and timing. Its very hard

ive been doing kickboxing since i was 9 and i still have trouble
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Its all about experience, and pretty much just getting used to getting your cage rattled. Its an innevitability that you'll get hit. It was only in the past 6 months to a year that I have actually gotten accustomed to having punches zip past my face. I used to just stay outside and leap in like a goof ball.

Adapting to having punches thrown at you takes a lot of time. I know its cliche, but that's pretty much all there is to it. There's not any kind of special way to get used to being punched in the face, other than being punched in the face.
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Its all about experience, and pretty much just getting used to getting your cage rattled. Its an innevitability that you'll get hit. It was only in the past 6 months to a year that I have actually gotten accustomed to having punches zip past my face. I used to just stay outside and leap in like a goof ball.

Adapting to having punches thrown at you takes a lot of time. I know its cliche, but that's pretty much all there is to it. There's not any kind of special way to get used to being punched in the face, other than being punched in the face.
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I know when i was trying to train myself into taking punches without flinching away or covering up io did about 3-4 sparring sessions where i did not go on the offensive, only countered and 'let' the other guy hit me so i could get used to it.

worked a treat.
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Another thing is that some people are just Ok with being hit in the head. Some people can just take it while others will cower away every time.
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Hey i'm new here but i've trained in boxing and muay thai for 9 years. For me its a mix of experience, comfort in throwing your strikes and being able to relax. When you get hit and your tense, your brain will tell you it hurts more then it actually does. You'll also build comfort when you train your defense so your not lost when he's throwing combos at you.
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Comes down to just getting the reps in and getting tagged a few times I guess.
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I know when i was trying to train myself into taking punches without flinching away or covering up io did about 3-4 sparring sessions where i did not go on the offensive, only countered and 'let' the other guy hit me so i could get used to it.

worked a treat.
I'm going to try this - I'm so worried about being hit that even when I see counterpunch openings, I get out of position so bad that I'm not in position to counterpunch at all. Going to try just playing defense and work on keeping in position and my eyes open, then I'll start to work on counterpunching...thx for the tip
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I'm a bjj guy and am starting to cross train into striking, mostly boxing. I've got good technique and have KO power (per my coach), but when I get in a fighting situation I tense up and have a hard time letting my punches go, primarily because I hate to get hit and I cover up and get all Brock Lesnar when the punches start to fly...any tips on how to keep my composure during exchanges from guys who've been there?
Two things that haven't been mentioned that really helped me are establishing your jab, even if you don't hit anything. Give your opponent something to look at and be wary of. From there you can start working feints and putting a strategy together.

Another thing that really helped me was getting a good defense. By that I mean being hard to hit by moving around alot, slipping, rolling, parrying and blocking.

Like you I'm a ground guy and I hate getting hit. Plus I'm old and don't recover as quickly as the younger guys
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