Learning how to box on your own has the downside of not having an experienced coach watching you to correct any errors in technique. That is a bit of an annoyance, but you may be surprised to know that even experienced boxers with a coach in their corner will frequently ignore basic principles – especially when boxing against less experienced boxers. They believe they don’t have to be as diligent and that because they are stronger than their opponent the deviations will do little harm.
Whether you are a new boxer or an experienced one, bad technique, no matter how small quickly adds up to nagging little habits that are difficult to correct. At some point they become weaknesses that your opponent can exploit (or that you’ll have to learn how to compensate for) – so we all need to be able to recognize when something is out of whack and correct it before it becomes an issue.
Here are 10 common errors that you may observe yourself (or others) doing. If you notice it, correct it before it gets out of hand.