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3 Common Mistakes With Shadowboxing

Shadowboxing is one of the best ways to train when you’re by yourself.  You need absolutely zero equipment and you can Shadowbox pretty much anywhere.  There are some common mistakes that almost everyone makes.  Here’s 3 common mistakes with Shadowboxing. Keep these in mind the next time you’re Shadowboxing and you’ll look like a pro in no time!
 
1) Not fully extending your punches.
 
When we’re punching Focus Mitts and hitting the Heavy Bag, it’s the Focus Mitt and the Heavy Bag that stop our punches.  When we’re Shadowboxing, we have to retract our own strikes.  But we often retract our strikes too soon making our punches too short and ineffective.  If you retract your punches too soon, your punches will lack extension and reach.  So, when you’re Shadowboxing, make sure you’re fully extending your Jabs and your Crosses and you’ll have more reach and power with your punches.
 
2) Staring at your hands.
 
When you’re shadowboxing, you’ll naturally want to stare your hands – this is a huge mistake.  In fact, you should NOT see your hands at all when you’re Shadowboxing.  If you can see your hands, then your chin is too high.  Or if you can see your hands, then you’re punching too low.  Keep your chin down, keep your hands up and throw punches towards an invisible Brock Lesnar and you shouldn’t see your hands at all when you’re shadowboxing.
 
3) Not imagining an opponent.
 
Your imagination is your most powerful tool when you’re shadowboxing.  Most people Shadowbox by swinging their arms wildly in the air.  What you want to do is throw punches punches at an invisible opponent. You want to work your defense and exercise your counter punching.  You want to mentally recreate the actual sparring sparring experience.  As vividly and as clearly as you can visualize it, imagine an opponent in front of you as you Shadowboxing.  This is the best way to shadowbox and the ideal way to use shadowboxing to improve your fighting skill.
3 Common Mistakes with Shadow Boxing

Ritchie Yip

Head Instructor at Infighting Training Centers
Ritchie Yip is the Head Instructor for InFighting Training Centers located in Downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Burnaby.InFighting Training Centers offers programs in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bootcamp Conditioning Classes and Personal Training

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Ritchie Yip

Head Instructor at Infighting Training Centers
Ritchie Yip is the Head Instructor for InFighting Training Centers located in Downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Burnaby.InFighting Training Centers offers programs in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bootcamp Conditioning Classes and Personal Training

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