|Working the Target Mitts
with a partner allows you to work on offensive and defensive moves.
It's a step up from bag work as your target is capable of thinking
and moving. The puncher learns to react quickly and effectively.
Reminder: There are two roles here, the catcher
and the puncher. The catcher calls out the punch combinations, and
sets the pace of the workout.
Slips are small side to side movements of the head and shoulders,
that dodge punches. In your boxing stance, practice slipping
imaginary punches in front of a large mirror, before you try it with
a partner on the Target Mitts.
To slip punches practice bending at the waist and
knees, moving the body, so the punch misses you. Keep you hands up
and eyes on your partner.
Here are some combinations that involve 'slipping'
Slip/Slip - 1-2
Catcher throws a left jab aiming for punchers left shoulder. Puncher
'slips' to the right to avoid the punch. Work on this move for a
minute or so, or until puncher is comfortable slipping the left jab.
Now practice slipping the straight right: Catcher throws a straight
right aiming for punchers right shoulder. Puncher 'slips' to the
left to avoid the punch. Once you have the hang of this. You can add
some punches to the combination.
Catcher now throws a 1-2 (left-right). Puncher
slips to the right, then left, avoiding both punches. Puncher
follows up with a 1-2 (left-right) of his own to the target mitts
Puncher throws four quick straight punches, (left-right, left-right)
Catches throws a Jab, and straight right - Puncher slips to the
right, then left, avoiding both punches, throws a left hook to
finish the combination. Try these punching combinations slowly with
your partner, then speed it up.
For some Target mitt basics check out Boxing
Drill #5 from the Jan 2004 issue, for Advanced drills check out Boxing
Drill # 9 from the July 2004 issue, and May 2006's Boxing
Drill # 30, in the News letter archives.