I'm teaching my neighbour's kid to box. He's 15 and was going to
join this aerobics boxercise thing at an aerobics gym not far from
home because there aren't really any decent boxing gyms around
where we live. He used to do a bit of karate but he quit because
he found it boring, and he told me he couldn't see how the non-
contact stiff blocks and static reverse punches could work for him.
Anyway I spent about an hour today showing him some things like
basic footwork, the jab and the straight right, and we touched a
bit on how to bob & weave.
He's doing ok for a first lesson, we gotta work to sharpen his
technique though. The problem is he's very tense. I'm not sure if
it has anything to do with those previous karate lessons he took,
but he's very active in sports and is able to excel in most of them
at school. I'm also not sure if he is subconsciously associating
boxing with rough & tumble fighting (he's seen a number of fights
at school) and maybe it's making him tense up.
I tried to get him to loosen up, and he has no problems doing that
but as soon as we're back in the boxing stance and throwing jobs
and straight rights, you can see he's all stiff and tense. When I
brought him up on it, he said "doesn't it help you punch harder?".
I explained that it would only slow you down, drain your muscles
unnecessarily, and when you're relaxed you can punch harder with
Any advice? Or is this something that will fix itself over time? I just
don't want him to develop any bad habits early on. His physical
tension is affecting his overall technique, slowing him down, and
his jabs are weak. But his straight right has a half decent amount
of power behind it in spite of his tension.