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Old 08-18-2006, 06:54 PM   #1
James McCann
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Hi. Does anyone have any advice on increasing hand speed? I've started boxing again after several years and the punches are getting there like they used to. Thank you.
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Old 08-20-2006, 12:15 PM   #2
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Shadow boxing and punch mitts to train the neuromuscular connections. Don't use weights or resistance bands, just shadowboxing and punch mitts.

Have your pad man flash the pads. Nothing worse than a pad holder who holds the mitts like football uprights...
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Old 08-22-2006, 05:10 AM   #3
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Hi!

The way to get speed in a punch is to get correct technique of course, but then to remove every single restriction to that technique, ie. do it perfectly relaxed.

Often the holding factor in this relaxation is the lower back, so work on relaxing it during the punches.

Mentally, maybe think of it like a whip - whip it out and back.

Flash pads are definately the best way to improve targeting and timing. But also, get the pad holder to vary the way they hold it, get them to mix in the following:

- heavy feedback;
- limp no feedback;
- moving pads;
- loose in one direction only;
- changing range, height and motion.

Hope this helps a bit!

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Old 08-22-2006, 10:31 AM   #4
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Gary: Often the holding factor in this relaxation is the lower back, so work on relaxing it during the punches.

This is something I know I need to work on. Any suggestions for techniques for keeping the lower back relaxed other than to just think about relaxing it?
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Old 08-23-2006, 08:48 AM   #5
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Putting the mind into it is the best way, however, I do something we call 'flippy-floppy', lol, that I was taught by Andre Manaart. (Remy Bonjasky's former trainer, head of Mejeiro Gym Amsterdam, former K1 competitor)

Drop your arms, and box without tension in your arms. In other words use your body, but just let your arms stay relaxed. If you relax the back and 'pop' with your hips, your torso is catepulted around and your arm flies up. It works the basic moves of the punches, and relaxes the lower back...

Hard to describe, silly to watch, but real effective in practice...

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