Boxing Technique: Uppercut

It’s easy to make some rookie mistakes with an uppercut. You may crouch too low or drop the arm too much and cause you to explode with power, which is unfortunately not how you should do it. That’s definitely not how the pro’s do it and nor should you.

It’s used mainly in close range, though it can be used at medium range but it loses a lot of it’s power. There are many pros and cons to the uppercut – it’s out of eyesight of the opponent, it’s powerful, and it’s great in combination with other punches. However, if you miss you are completely open and even if you don’t miss, this still leaves you open for a counter punch.

It’s always important, when throwing an uppercut, that you keep your guard up, bend your knees and rotate your body, protect yourself, don’t over extend your uppercut too far, and don’t always aim for the head – go for the body too.

  1. Make sure you stance is correct. There is no need to bend your knees or do anything in preparation for an uppercut. Everything can be done from a typical stance.
  2. Tilt your body in the direction you plan to throw the uppercut.
  3. Before you throw, shift your weight to the foot that you plan to throw with your arm. If you want to throw with your left arm, shift your weight to your left foot.
  4. Throw the punch – you should make a small, compact loop. Do not over extend, it should be quick.

Boxing Gloves

Like other safely equipment used in modern sports, boxing gloves are an important part of boxing. Boxing gloves are not only designed to protect the hands of the wearer, they are also used to protect an opponent from injury. The size, style and weight of the gloves used is dependent on the situation and the individual. Let’s look at some of the details.

The first thing one should consider when choosing a pair of boxing gloves is body weight and how the gloves will be primarily used. As a rule, the heavier you are the heavier your gloves should be. For example, if you are weigh 160 pounds, 16 to 18 oz gloves should be worn. It is important that the weight of the gloves match that of the wearer as this aids in the development of the individual boxer.

Boxing gloves come in many variants, each designed for a specific purpose and situation. These include training gloves, speed gloves, bag gloves, competition gloves and many other sub categories. Many competitive boxers often times train in boxing gloves that are heaver than the gloves they will wear during an actual fight. This enables them to move faster and have a greater range of movement during a fight. Competive gloves are standardized to ensure that boxers do not have an unfair advantage.

The amount of padding that a pair of boxing glove has should also be considered. Heavier gloves have more padding than lighter ones. More padded gloves do less superficial damage than less padded ones. It is therefore recommended that a boxer uses gloves with more padding in training or sparring to minimize damage to an opponent. Lighter, smaller gloves are great for speed but offer less protection to the wearer. The distribution of the weight throughout the glove is also important. For example, assuming that the overall glove weight is the same, more padding around the fist is preferred over more padding around the wrist. If possible, try putting on a number of different boxing gloves to see which one fits best and is most comfortable. Hand wraps should also be used as this helps to stabilize the hands while wearing boxing gloves.

Safety is a big concern in boxing and glove manufacturers have been working hard to improve the safety of boxing equipment. Modern manufacturing techniques that include innovations such as breathable mesh, ergonomic designs and advanced cushioning are used in boxing gloves to reduce the impact on boxers. These advancements have helped to decrease the number of eye injuries and broken bones suffered. Increasing the safety of all.