Thursday, September 25, 2008

Boxing Combinations Revisited

Some of the comments on the post, "Reliable boxing combinations," made me want to revisit it. Specifically:

Anonymous said... Inside slip leaves you vulnerable to rear uppercut!

"Not sure about 1.4.3 Rear upper cut to to long"

In this case, the combination, "1,4,3" is a lead jab, rear-uppercut, then lead hook. The reason it works for me is that I like to use it against those who slip - not as a good offensive combination, but as a counter to a good defensive fighter who slips to the inside or outside versus my jab. By jabbing early and often, you can gauge the skill level and habits of your opponent. From there, build you counters and offensive combinations, much the same way you lead an opponent in chess to make a fatal error. [See illustration of the inside slip leaving you vulnerable.]

Good point about it taking too long as an offensive lead punch - same is true of almost any rear hand punch.
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"1,3,3. Has to be one of my favourite combinations. I find the low to high hooks flow so well. I would add a 2 (rear straight) before the first hook though."
No doubt, the 1-2-3 (jab, rear-cross/straight, then lead hook) is one of the all-time best (perhaps the best) combinations of all time. When the 1-2 or 1-2-3 is going to work is when the opponent parries or leans back from the jab, or take a short step backward, staying in range of the rear straight punch. If he slips or blocks the straight, you've closed the gap for the hook to be effective, and his guard is tightened, leaving the sides of the head or body open.
The 1-3-3 is great when you close the gap with the lead right off the bat (with the jab). You're too close for a straight right, and have already occupied the rear (right, in most cases) hand, and can score with your body hook, bringing down the elbows for the high hook.

For a video example of the 1-3, please see this below. I couldn't find one with 1-3-3 - sorry.


Anonymous said...
"What about the right hook?? I know its neglected, but shouldn't be forgotten."

One of our recent commenters mentioned that the right hook is a good in-fighting technique. It's true, but always dangerous to throw a body or head hook, however, due to the openings it creates, without setting it up. I like the overhand, or even uppercut, as you can keep a tighter guard. It can work, though...

To all, thanks for the comments, and keep 'em coming!

A final point is that all of these techniques work very well (with some modification) as open-hand techniques. Try them.

See also:

TDA Boxing Punch Numbering System
TDA Today's TDA Tip: Creative combinations
TDA Which Way Do You Slip the Lead?
TDA Todays TDA Tip: Defensive Mastery Sets Up Counters
TDA Video: Setting up the Hook Punch
TDA How to Create an Opening: 101
Dojo Rat Jab-Hook Combo

1 comment:

Patrick Parker said...

Good points, Nathan. Glad to see you back at it. The following article, inspired by one of your boxing articles, gets a whole lot of traffic on my blog and is at least peripherally related to this post.

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