3 Shadow Boxing Tips to SPEED Up Your Progress


in this month’s focus we are covering
footwork. Literally starting from the ground up and I think there is nothing
better for the first month than to do so as you can see I have a glove in the
center of the mat here I am using it as my opponent where I am visualizing every
strike hitting it in a sort of triangle where I have my right foot to the
outside of it my left foot to the outside of it as well and “it” (my opponent) down the
centerline of my body where all my strikes have to pass that centerline to
be able to strike my opponent. I love talking theory if you’ve ever listened
to any of my private lesson breakdowns however in this one I want to keep it
more technical things that you can focus on visualize and use mechanically with
your body to get the most out of this drill so if you want to go more into the
theory of everything and why I am using this drill in the first place it is
something that I used a lot at CSA gym training with Gaston Bolanos,
training by myself whenever I have injuries. If you want to go more into the
theory of things just look down below in a description. So,
let’s get into technical details of this footwork drill. Number one, we
want to use dynamic footwork what do we mean by that – it is that we are keeping
our opponent centerline to ourselves we are punching, kicking, landing our knees,
towards the centerline of our opponent this ensures that our footwork is in the
right place where our strikes are going down the centerline and then we are able
to use our footwork to get off centerline. Meaning that we want to get
our head off centerline where the glove may be resting we are both looking to
engage we are both looking to pierce the centerline, we have to hit theirs and get
off center on ours. The next thing is if we want to focus on defense, the best game that the
Thais have is that they’re able to use their defense, their offense, and any of
their weapons whichever position that they place themselves in so after you
move to your right side, after you cut off to your left side, you angle off, make
sure that you’re back in your proper stance make sure that your feet are
proper distancing apart from your opponent and from each other (your feet), that they’re in
the same strong stance that they were in before you created the angle. You want to be able
to check with your left side, your right side, cross check (block), to be able to through
your punches and your kicks as they become
available. When moving to our left or right side, when cutting angles, try your
best to avoid crossing your feet or *facing your lead foot in*, it can open you
up to kicks and it also takes a longer time for you to be able to launch your
power kick or your cross, your lead hip is going to open up the full range of
motion on your cross, on your rear kick again we can slow this down and the next
tip would be to create perfection, we want to tighten up our strikes, learn to
readjust after missed attacks and that kind of leads me into saying that when
were shadowed boxing. . . we often shorten the range of motion
that we take our strikes through at times it is to visualize to warm up a
joint but more often it is a crutch that we are using to control our strikes so
allow yourself to kick and follow through practice perfection, but also
practice readjusting – resetting your body it is going to happen in a fight you are
going to miss some strikes, you have to reset properly to be able to defend
properly. Again we are visualizing defense, being able to check, being able
to lean back, use our head movement to make our opponents miss if we start now
in shadow boxing, then we can move it on to the bag to truly test it as we let
our body feel, as we hit and then we move on to pad work where becomes more
dynamic, where we have a person to flow with and then eventually into sparring and
the fight itself translating all the skills that we are learning, but it all
begins in our mind it all begins in our brain visualizing the footwork, being
at a proper distance. So, having the glove is sort of a guide for me to visualize
to keep my strikes tighter as you can see my kick is coming right down the
line in line with my head versus going to the left and then opening up my hips
too much for my opponent to be able to see it is something that I’ve been
working on since getting caught in my last couple of fights. So, that would be
my first tip I mean shadow boxing is what you start with every session, if you
set a focus in your mind to be working on a certain & specific movement when it
comes to your footwork or to a technique then do so in the shadow boxing,
progress it when you go on to the bag in the air you can do it with less
repercussions. . . then you can feel it more on the bag. . . focus on it on the pads let
yourself flow, and follow the trainer then eventually you can add it
on and implicate it into your sparring the next tip would be to visualize. This
is very simple to say, however, it is harder to implement. What I mean by this
is you would be applying everything that you would apply in a actual fight or a
sparring session. Yes you get to attack now we have a target it’s great
to have the glove there as a target but you also want to defend at the right
angles. As you’re centered against the glove which defensive mechanisms would
you use to be able to defend your opponent’s hits? Their kicks? Their
punches? Visualize them in your head so after you kick it is very unlikely that
you can hit an eight punch combination picture yourself attacking your opponent
landing one or two shots perhaps missing them and that’s the beautiful thing
about shadow boxing is we miss every shot that we throw so we learn how to
reset our body. third tip would be working on your feints, making sure that
you’re setting up your punches it’s not just landing power hits every single
time, let’s try to be realistic here and set up all of our strikes with our
feints, our feet are connected to the floor they’re connected to our footwork
and they are going to stimulate these faints. You can sell the feint better by
being able to connect this to the ground make it visually appealing to your
opponent or a sparring partner the more that you practice this in your footwork
drills, in your shadow boxing, the higher your success rate when you are sparring
or in a fight. So, all there is left to do now is to put it to work in your next
training session, we are extremely excited to be bringing you a monthly
focus to the Nak Muay Nation curriculum thank you for being a passionate member
of the Nak Muay Nation and Muay Thai community and we will see you in the
next video.

17 thoughts on “3 Shadow Boxing Tips to SPEED Up Your Progress

  1. I hope that you all really enjoy and learn from this visual breakdown of how to approach your shadowboxing so that it never feels boring to you again.

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  2. Awesome tips. I love your focus on theory, as well as the application of them. When I was first learning Muay Thai with my dad back when I was 6 or 7 (back in 1980!), my dad used a similar technique – he put down two shoes to simulate my opponent's stance during my shadowboxing.

  3. Hey Paul not so much on the actual topic but what's ur headphone brand? Seems to stay well in place even during training! Thanks for the tips!

  4. Did you skate before? I saw that Deathwish logo tattoo and was thinking if you do thats a pretty dope coincidence as skateboarding and muay thai are my biggest passions!

  5. Ducking that high kick is so satisfying to watch, tried it in sparring once and took a big toe to the nose.. safe to say I miss timed it

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