You’re looking for boxing sparring tips for beginners and let me tell you, give me a few minutes and I could probably come up with 50 off the top of my head BUT here, I’m giving you 5 absolutely essential tips that you must know so that you can A, not be injured and B, have a chance to come out on top.
For those who are just starting out and don’t intend to be sparring anytime soon, these tips are still relevant to you as let’s face it, any extra tips you can gather up are always valuable.
Ok, here we go…
Beginner’s Boxing Sparring Tip 1 Stay Calm
Easier said than done when you’re possibly going to get punched in the face. I get it. But this boxing sparring tip is top of the list for a good reason. Make a focused effort to BREATHE and when you feel yourself becoming really tense, shake it off and loosen up. This will help you conserve energy and think clearer.
Here’s a bonus sparring tip, don’t overreact and start throwing major uncontrolled punches. The outcome of this is that not only will you open yourself up to your opponent and you won’t be able to get yourself back into a position to defend yourself but you will likely annoy them.
Beginner’s Boxing Sparring Tip 2 Focus on One Thing
If you’re brand new to sparring, try and focus on one specific thing to practice. For example, if you want to work on your uppercuts, work on incorporating this into your sparring to really focus on improving your form. Talk to your coach beforehand about what aspects you want to focus on and ask for feedback. Focusing on one thing will allow you the opportunity to ask questions and hone in on perfecting your technique.
Beginner’s Boxing Sparring Tip 3 Stick to the basics
Don’t over complicate it. Stick to the bare basics to begin with. Don’t try to incorporate anything to technical. focus on your stance, defence, jabs, hooks, cross, knee, kick and push-kick. It might be tempting to try new things but get the basics perfected first. Remember, these basics make up the majority of even professional fights.
Beginner’s Boxing Sparring Tip 4 – Make sure you are equipped
I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure you have the right protective gear. When in the ring, the right gear can quite literally make or break you. The essentials are correct fitting headgear, correct fitting shoes and boxing gloves that are the correct size and weight for you. Think of how valuable your hands are, not just in the ring but in everyday life. The bones and tendons in your hands are delicate and need to be protected.
Beginner’s Boxing Sparring Tip 5 – Keep your hands up!
Speaking of hands, keep them up at all times! This one likely goes without saying but you need to keep your defences up at all times while sparring to avoid being hit in the face. Even when delivering a punch, you can still keep the other hand up. If you need to rest your arms for a moment, that is fine, just make sure you are not in arms reach of your opponent.
That concludes our 5 Essential Boxing Sparring Tips for Beginners. We hope you found some valuable information here.