Emotional Control

We’ve heard it said “don’t lose your head!”. Think about this phrase and the occasions on which you have “lost it”. Rather than reacting to the emotions we feel, we need to listen to our head and respond in a positive way.

When we endure hardships or people do us wrong, think of the difference between reacting and responding.

Conscious breathing, positive language and focus are three skills that can help us deal with emotional turmoil. These skills should be practiced when we find ourselves in hard situations or times of conflict.

Discuss the following quote…
“It can take a lifetime to build an empire and one day to destroy it.”

Andre Ward

Andre Ward retired undefeated and achieved the feat of being the undisputed light-heavyweight champion of the world - having held multiple world titles in two weight classes.

Andre Ward had the defensive ability to beat his opponents by staying calm under pressure. Ward used his movement to control distance and to stop his opponents from throwing punches. The ability to remain calm helps your muscles to stay relaxed, conserving energy in order to be able to respond quickly when necessary.

Andre Ward said...
“I’ll keep coming against the bigger man to make them fade but it’s a dangerous opposition and no room for error”
When Andre Ward fought Kovalev at a bigger weight, Ward got knocked down in round number two but he kept calm, continued to apply pressure on Kovalev and ended up beating him to remain 20 years unbeaten as an amateur and pro. Ward called upon his experience and skill instead of succumbing to the emotions of panic and desperation.


Block the Jab

In the guard position, calm disposition with shoulders relaxed, place rear hand in front of on-coming punch, turning the rear hand so the palm of glove blocks, then return to the guard position.

Outside Parry

In the guard position, calm disposition and shoulders relaxed, use a short rotation of the wrist inwards to deflect the oncoming shot (use the hand according to what straight punch is being thrown for an outside parry), and return to the guard.

Straight Punches to the Body

From the guard position, bend knees so that shoulder is level with target, then use a rapid quarter rotation of the hip and extend the relaxed lead shoulder straight out 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, and straight after the contact unbend knees and return to the stance position. Repeat the process in the same way for the rear hand.

Elbow Block

Tight guard with hands by the side of the face and elbows tucked in, turn the torso to block or deflect the body punches with the elbows.
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