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“If this is something you wanna do, and if this is something you gotta do, then you do it. Fighters fight.” – Rocky Balboa

I grew up with movie characters like Rocky but have never dreamed of living their stories. Two years ago, I turned to boxing as the first step towards a healthy lifestyle and it has since turned my life around. I was initially intimidated but I slowly warmed up to it. What had first been an excuse to exercise now turned into an obsession. Boxing has brought out the best in me. It improves my physical health, sharpens my mind and raises my confidence. Boxing also taught me discipline and respect in and out of the gym arena. And best of all I shed 12kg in 4 months! All these would not have been possible without the people at Legends. The coaches are passionate about what they do. With their guidance, I hope to compete in the near future. #peopleoflegends

 

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I stumbled into the Singapore boxing scene a few years ago and found it very different than I expected. Legends is a great example of that. A friendly family-like atmosphere where attitudes are positive and supportive, amongst trainers and fellow boxers. The classes are hard work – no doubt! – but the atmosphere is fun and there’s a good social network too. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, which is very literally the case for me. When I’m training I lose weight quickly, and feel great. When I take a break to travel and don’t keep it up… well, you learn quickly how good the training is. My health has improved substantially since I took up boxing, to the extent that my Dr has been amazed by it. I’d recommend boxing and Legends to almost anyone. It’s great exercise, good fun, and don’t worry you won’t get punched unless you ask to compete.

I was lucky to meet Legends’ Ridhwan early in my time in Singapore, and he’s not just a spectacular boxer but a great coach. In fact all the trainers are excellent and somehow get every drop of sweat you have to give without losing the fun. It’s a great friendly environment and definitely not the negative macho atmosphere that you might have in mind. There’s a great mix of ladies and gents of various ages who all get along well and help each other. Do yourself a favour – give boxing a try! #peopleoflegends #fightingoutoflegendsfightsport

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“Boxing is a sport that I have always wanted to pick up but have been procastinating due to hectic work schedule and other priorities at this stage of my life. It was until one fine day when one of my colleagues asked me “What are you still waiting for when you are not young anymore?”. Yes, if I do not start boxing now, I will never be able to pick up this sport 5 years down the road and will most probably regret then. Eventually, I enrolled to Legends a year ago! I must say I am glad I finally did it. I look forward to every training when I get to sweat, spar, mingle with the most fun loving group of people here in Legends. Some call me “Dim Sum” due to my job and they know my favourite food is “Nasi Briyani!”. And yes I am a foodie so I box to stay slim so I can be able to eat more…with less guilt”

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I am currently awaiting my enlistment to the Army in October. I spend my extra time earning pocket money by selling men’s perfume in a retail store and one important trait I picked up in customer service is to stay calm when handling difficult customers. I have to thank boxing for instilling in me this trait to be calm under pressure. I feel more motivated after recently competing in Champs Boxing Series tournament organised by Legends Fight Sport. I won my match and it drives me further to keep improving. I believe we don’t choose how life starts but how the journey goes.
 
E-mail RIDHWAN@LEGENDS.COM.SG to book a free trial boxing class and find out how to be part of TEAM LEGENDS!

Understanding punching power

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Photo credit: Kelvin Ngui

While there are many opinions to where punching power comes from, whether it being genetic, God given, natural, or developed, one thing for sure is that there are certain key attributes in fighters who are known to carry a mean punch. Below are some of the key points observed and may be worth your attention as you work on increasing the power in your punches.

Great balance

Hard hitters usually maintain a great balance when they adopt a disciplined fighting stance. With that, it is worthwhile to take note that every power punch thrown should still allow you to be in a position to follow up with another. Even though when throwing punch combinations, the body should not pitch forward causing you to lose the torque.

How to maintain good balance? Pay attention to your foot positioning. Make sure your feet are wide apart enough to give your upper body support for punching range and movement. Proper foot positioning will allow you to maintain the center of gravity and gives you great control when moving in any direction during combat.

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Excellent footwork

Boxing all begin from the legs. If any boxing coach tells you differently, it’s time to look for another gym. Period. Excellent footwork will help you get into your and out of your opponent’s punching range effectively. It also helps you create angles and cause problems for your opponents. When good footwork comes naturally, you will find yourself always in perfect punching range to execute your power shots where it will cause the most damage because of the distance between you and your opponent and leverage you have behind the punch. If you’e out of range or too close, your punch force will be compromised. When you have control over the range, you have control over your opponent.

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Photo credit: David Ash | SingaporeMaven


Proper technique

If you cannot do it slowly, you will not be able to do it fast. Often, we rush our learning process and ignore the most simplest and basic thing, such as making an effort to throw a punch with proper technique. Mastering proper punching techniques will go a long way. This involves bending the knees and maximising your body weight that goes behind a punch.

Staying relaxed

Be aware of your energy levels when throwing punches. It is not advisable to stay tensed before throwing a punch. Tension adds unnecessary weight to your body. Staying “loose and relaxed” will result in a smoother flow of punches and thus, the punches become less predictable and more explosive. After all, it’s the punches that you don’t see that hurts the most!

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Photo credit: Jon Yeap

Above are only some things that can help develop a strong punch from a boxing point of view. There are also ways to work on increasing punching power from a strength & conditioning aspect.

That will be covered another day. Till then!

Keep punching…

 

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I’m a mother of 2, i started practicing capoeira at 20, then Muay Thai at mid 30s and now at 40, i started boxing. My kids are like little energy bars, they never stop. So i need a sport that kicks my a** and gives me the strength to keep it up. I’VE FOUND IT!!!! #peopleoflegends #fightingoutoflegendsfightsport #sgboxing #boxingsg #singaporeboxing

The offical blog for Legends Fight Sport, Singapore