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Discipline

Continuous training develops a pattern of behaviour. The discipline to keep practicing these behaviours form strong and lasting habits that help us to grow. In the practical we will practice basic drills of footwork and straight punches. There are many different advancements to these skills but only by drilling them until they become habitual will we keep advancing.

Success requires discipline in the physical, mental and spiritual areas of our lives. The commitment to eat right, exercise frequently and make wise choices are vital. Simply put, be a “disciple of discipline”.
BOXER STORY

Bernard Hopkins "B-Hop"

Bernard Hopkins is considered one of the most successful boxers of the last 30 years, with a record breaking 20 world title consecutive defences at middleweight. He subsequently became the oldest-ever champion when he successfully defended his light-heavyweight belt at 49 years of age.

How did Bernard Hopkins become a boxer?

Bernard Hopkins called himself a ‘Disciple of Discipline’ - saying it was this attitude that helped him through time spent in prison. B-Hop’s disciplined diet, sleep schedule and continuous training enabled him to stay a champion for a record-breaking time.
“Invest early in life and you’ll gain the interest later in life.” Bernard Hopkins
What do you think B-Hop meant when he said this and how can you apply it to your life?
TECHINQUES

Practical

Footwork

With good balance in the stance position, while staying on the balls of the feet, push against the back toes to step forward and follow the back leg into the stance position. Repeat the opposite to move back and then move side-to-side, learning not to cross feet - and practice with short smooth sliding movements.

Jab (the straight lead hand)

From the guard position, use a rapid quarter rotation of the hip and extend the relaxed lead shoulder out as straight as possible, not flaring out the elbow, then rotate the wrist 90 degrees and at the last moment snap the hitting hand to the target. Return the lead hand back to the guard position straight after the contact.

Cross (the straight rear hand)

From the guard position, use a rapid rotation of the hip, twisting the rear foot a quarter of a turn on the ball of the foot and extend the relaxed rear shoulder out as straight as possible - not flaring out the elbow, then rotate the wrist 90 degrees and at the last moment snap the hitting hand to the target. Return the rear hand back to the guard position straight after the contact.
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