Not Waiting On The Heavy Bag:
Why You Have To Control It At All Times.
2. I've been watching some posts of Boxers working the Dummy Bag or Heavy Bag and I noticed a difference in how they work the bag and how Old Time Boxers did.
3. The modern day Boxer hits the bag and it swings away from them and they stand there waiting for it to come back to them to hit it. In my opinion this is a mistake.
4. Waiting on the bag to swing back towards you means you've lost control of it; in some ways it know is controlling you by making you wait.
5. I was watching some old film on youtube of Jack Kid Berg, Jack Sharkey, Rocky Marciano and many others working the Dummy Bag and I was impressed by the difference in what they were doing compared to today.
6. When they hit the bag and it swung away from them they didn't stand there waiting for it to return but step with it and continued hitting it controlling the bag the whole time.
7. Sometimes the bag was too close so they grabbed it and re-positioned themselves to hit the bag but never losing control over it.
8. They handle the bag like they would an Opponent smothering it on the inside and squaring it up and reangling their position to get better punches in.
9. So when the bag swung in too close they didn't stop working the bag even though they stopped punching it because they were too close. They never loss focus on controlling the bag at all times.
10. If the bag swung away too far they stepped with it hitting it with the jab and then circled with it. They never waited on the bag to get back into a good position for them.
11. They would crowd the bag and push it with their shoulder creating space and continue to punch it. They would grab the bag and smother it then put their left fist to the side of it pushing it off to the side and hitting it with the right hand.
12. They boxed the bag never waiting for unlike what Boxers are taught to do today. This matters because how you work the Dummy Bag translates into a live fight.
13. If you learn to wait on the bag to swing back towards you then you carry that mindset into a fight. You can see that when today's Boxers many of them stand in front of their Opponent after landing a good punch.
14. You see today's Boxers waiting in fights they don't step in with follow up punches or combinations after landing a good right hand or left hook because theri taught to wait after landing a single punch on the Dummy Bag.
15. So for instance: they'll land a good jab and straight right hand that knocks the Dummy Bag back and away from them instead of stepping in with a follow up left hook to the body they wait for the bag to swing back to them.
16. This mind set travels into a fight; when they land a good jab and straight right hand that makes the Opponent fall back they don't step in with a hook to the body but let them go out of range waiting for them to come back like they do the Dummy Bag.
17. Watch film of Freddie Steele and Ezzard Charles you'll see them land a jab and straight right hand that drives their Opponent backwards but they then step in with a hook to the body never giving up control of the Opponent.
18. Those old time Boxers always kept control of their Opponent never waiting on them to do something they wanted but making them do what they wanted just like when they worked the Dummy Bag.
19. Boxers no longer are being taught how to control the bag or their Opponent and they do too much waiting. That's why angling and circling the Opponent while punching is a lost art.

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