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In order for a practitioner to reach their full potential, they have to be able to know a few techniques that they can use to reach it. The following are some of the techniques that they can use:   1. Sitting posture The Tai Chi method of meditation involves a number of sitting postures. The aim of these different postures is to be able to maintain the energy flow in the body and also to be able to align the body. The Shuang-pan position is an example of one of the sitting positions used in Tai Chi. This position is performed by sitting down on the ground and crossing the legs. The alternate feet should rest on your thighs while placing both your palms on the soles of your feet. Your shoulders should be dropped with your back straight up. If you feel sitting on the ground is a bit uncomfortable, you can use a pillow. This position allows you to be able to complete the connection of pathways of chi to your body.                                 2. The standing posture This is another technique for meditation in taekwondo. It is a very popular way of helping one to centre and ground the self. An example of this kind of meditation would be the Wu Ji posture. This posture will require you to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your toes pointing straight ahead. Your knees should also be slightly bent and relaxed. Instead of collapsing your knees inward, push them slightly outward. With your hands hanging loosely at the sides, let your shoulders drop and straighten your back. Close your eyes and breathe in through your nose, slowly and deeply.                                 3. Breathing Breathing is a very essential part of martial arts, including taekwondo. It is used to give the practitioners full benefits of every meditation posture. The breathing technique incorporates abdominal exhalation. Exhalation periods usually lasts longer than inhalation ones. The purpose of this kind of breathing is to circulate energy throughout your body. Experts believe that energy is meant to flow in a circular manner throughout your body. That is, it should flow from the top of your head, to the soles of your feet and back to your head. The excess energy is stored below your navel. This breathing meditation also encourages the students to focus on circulating their energy throughout their body and also to feel it as it moves through the body.                                 4. Discipline and self control meditation Meditation in taekwondo also helps the mind to get rid of negative energy and thoughts that might thwart the chances of you winning a match. This kind of meditation helps the student to become aware of negative energy within the mind such as envy or anger. This kind of observation is also good in helping the student to become more disciplined and focused. Practitioners use this technique by concentrating on thoughts which are immovable and breathing in deeply while sitting or standing.                                   5. No mind This is a method of meditation where the practitioner perceives there is no opponent. Instead, they focus on themselves as the opponent and try to perceive which moves are going to be made even before they are. This kind of meditation is known as Bunkai. It is part of the Zen meditation techniques which involve emptying the mind of any thoughts. It is the kind of meditation used by practitioners to achieve discipline and patience.                                 PREVIOUS PAGE  |  NEXT PAGE
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During sparring, opponents score points by using kicks and by punching the opponent's chest protector. The following is a list of some of the effective sparring techniques:   1. Round House Kick This kick is popularly used in taekwondo sparring. This is because it is powerful and very fast. In order to perform this technique, you will use the top of your foot to kick your opponent. You can do this by simply lifting your leg and kicking horizontally. This kick targets the midsection or the head. Depending on your stance, you can easily deliver this kick with your rear or front leg. There are certain variations to this kick such as jumping or spinning round house kicks.                                 2. Axe Kick The ax kick requires you to be very flexible because the technique involves lifting your foot up to your head. Once your foot is above your head, you will kick downwards on your opponent's head with the bottom of your foot or the heel. This kick should be delivered very fast. If you do it slowly, your opponent will launch a preemptive strike to defend themselves.                                 3. Spinning Back Kick This kick is a very effective counter attack technique when sparring. It is especially effective against the axe kick. When your opponent comes at you with an axe kick, you can spin to avoid his attack and strike him with a back kick. If for instance, your right leg is in front of you, you can spin and kick him with your left leg. The spin has to be counter clock wise if your right leg is the one that is in front. If it is your left leg, the spin will be clockwise. Distance and timing in the spinning back kick is what will determine how effective your kick will be.                                  4. Spinning Hook Kick This kick is often used as a follow up to the round house kick. You can kick your opponent using this kick by simply lifting up your foot and kicking them with the bottom or heel of your foot. The kick resembles the spinning back kick only this time round your leg will move in a horizontal manner.                                  5. Double Kick This is one of the deceptive techniques used in sparring. The move involves two round house kicks. Using your front leg, perform the first kick on the side of your opponent's chest protector. Follow this move with a round house kick to your opponent's chest by jumping off your other foot without putting the first foot down. The reason why this technique is effective is because your opponent will focus on your first maneuver and will not expect you to immediately perform the second move.                                   6. The Block Punch The punch can serve as a defensive block or as an offensive strike. Three motions are involved when trying to perform the block punch when you are in your standing stance. First, you will need to create a punching distance by putting your front foot forward. Secondly, you need to protect your lead leg from kicks by extending your front arm downward. Finally, you will strike a power punch with your powerful hand. These moves have to be done simultaneously. PREVIOUS PAGE  |  NEXT PAGE
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Boxing is a combat sport practiced worldwide by amateur and professional athletes. So, who was the first boxer ever? The first recognized public fight occurred in 1743 in London, England, where Jack Broughton won a four-round bout against William Brayley. Broughton's victory is widely regarded as the first recorded bout of boxing ever by most historians and sporting officials. The characteristics of boxing have evolved over U.S. and Canadian participation rules, governing the rounds of a match that can be won by either fighter with a knockout or decision within these rounds regardless of number of rounds fought or scorecards rendered; only one round per match has to go the distance for an official bout to be called "a decision.                                The late 18th century saw the codification of the ring as it is understood today, with boxing rules first appearing in 1743. Broughton's London Boxing Rules from 1744 were compiled as a standardized set, and were standardized throughout the British Empire by three boxing academies: Broughton's own Wandsworth School of Arts, the Royal Naval School at Portsmouth, and the London Prize Ring Club. The rules continue to be used today in amateur boxing events in most major world cities and countries. The U.S. adopted similar rules, thus boxing is universally regarded internationally as a discipline administered by the laws of one modern nation-state that has been codified with universal sanctioning procedures. In 1889, the Marquess of Queensberry rules were first used in the United Kingdom. They have been used ever since. Queensberry rules mandate that fighters be male and that two eight-counts must elapse before a decision is made. The duel in which James J. Corbett won to become the first World Heavyweight Champion was fought under the Marquess' rule set. Corbett's victory made him the only man to be both a British and American heavyweight champion. Boxing is a competitive sport in which two people, one attempting to inflict punishment on the other while avoiding being pricked, are penned in an enclosed area and physically confronted. Both boxers fight under controlled conditions; they are not allowed to use their hands or fists in the process. Boxing is controlled by a referee who enforces the rules of boxing management that govern ring and bout conduct. The referee may halt the bout if one boxer does not defend himself or deliberately leaves himself at risk of being seriously injured with no effective defense. The referee is also charged with stopping the fight if he thinks a boxer is too injured to continue being punched. The referee may stop the bout because it is no longer safe for either fighter to continue. Referees will stop the contest if it has been at least four rounds and one of the boxers has shown dominance in the contest. Once a boxer has been knocked down, his opponent must cease fighting for one minute before continuing or else their opponent may be declared the winner by knockout (KO). To help protect the fighters, there are three ringside physicians who watch especially for signs that a fighter is in danger and may enter the ring to assess such damages as swelling and cuts. In conclusion, people would watch the fights and wager their money on which boxer would win. In earlier bouts, it was considered a brutal sport but over time it has evolved into a sport that is seen as the best of all sports because it uses your fists, along with your speed, strength, skills and agility to dominate your opponent. It also requires mental skills to outwit and out maneuver your opponent in order to take home the trophy/gold medal.   Written by: Jared_Wax PREVIOUS PAGE |  NEXT PAGE
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The following are some of the sparring rules in taekwondo: 1. All contestants are required to wear protective gear during sparring. They must also wear the traditional taekwondo gi. For protection, they need to have pads to protect their shin, forearms, hands, chest and head. For men, they must wear groin protection. They must also wear mouth guard.                                 2. Kicks and punches can be very powerful and can therefore cause permanent if not fatal injury. This is why taekwondo only includes certain strikes which are mentioned before the competition. When it comes to using your hands, only a closed fist is allowed. All other moves such as using your elbow, open hand or hammer strikes are not allowed. Kicks, on the other hand, are allowed on the head but you cannot strike the unprotected area of the face.   3. For every penalty you receive, your opponent gains a point. Intentional and repeated fouling will get you kicked out of the competition or even expelled from the tournament. Some of the moves that can attract a foul include: running away from your opponent, grappling of any kind, striking with your elbow or your knee, punches to areas below the waist and to the face, etc.                                 4. A certain number of points are awarded to certain moves. For instance, a kick to the head will earn an opponent three points, a spinning kick to the chest will earn them two points, etc. The strikes have to be of significant force, a glancing or a grazing blow is not enough to earn any points. PREVIOUS PAGE  |  NEXT PAGE
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If you are a huge boxing fan and love to watch the sport in action, you might wonder what the difference is between amateur boxing and professional boxing. While both sports have something in common and share many of the same links, they also have distinctions that set them apart. This article will explore those differences so you can decide which sport is for you. Amateur boxers train hard to become champions in their weight class, but amateur boxers will not offer purses or contracts. These boxers are often supported by their families, friends, and teammates in addition to financial assistance from the local club that they belong to. Amateur boxing focuses more on the training of boxers and the sport itself and less on fighting for money. Professional boxers fight for purses and contracts and can be employed by several places, such as promoters, managers, or other team members. These boxers are often supported by sponsors and money earned during each match. While many professional boxers receive some training before entering the ring, they must focus all efforts on winning matches, which means that they might not become well-rounded boxers in terms of technique compared to amateur boxers. Professional boxers focus on winning by any means necessary.                               Amateur boxing usually focuses on the rules and strict regulations, whereas professional boxing is less concerned with rules and regulations. For example, amateur boxing has regulations involving scoring, rounds, ring dimensions, and equipment, while professional fights do not have as many rules. However, both sports have referees who ensure that all of the competitors abide by the existing rules of each match. The referee's job is to ensure that no boxer receives an unfair advantage over their opponent and that each competitor follows the rules for their match. As mentioned previously, professional boxers fight for purses and contracts, but amateur boxers fight for experience and competition. Amateur boxers do not have to worry about making weight, their age is not a factor, and they do not have to compete against experienced boxers. Therefore, amateur boxing is great for getting started in the sport and those who want to keep practicing their skills regularly. Amateur boxing involves a limited number of championships for each weight class, whereas professional boxing has more heavyweight champions. Amateur boxing usually has more weight divisions than professional boxing, though the weight divisions in both sports are similar. While amateur boxing can occur in different locations and on various surfaces, such as grass or cement, professional boxers are restricted to making their matches in arenas. Professional boxers will often have to travel long distances between their hometown and their matches, while amateur boxers can make these trips while competing in other areas of their training. Amateur boxers usually have to fight in restricted weight classes, such as 105 pounds and below, whereas professional fighters are free to fight in any weight class they want. Amateur boxers are also limited to fighting on fewer days each year. A boxer must win two out of three fights within 12 days to win the national championship or belt. A professional boxer can make up the difference in weight by fighting three or more times within fourteen days to keep his title. Professional boxers often have many trainers and coaches guiding them through their matches, but amateur boxers are supported solely or partially by their teammates, advisers, and trainers.   Written by: Lomia_K PREVIOUS PAGE |  NEXT PAGE
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We have looked at the importance of meditation and some of the meditation techniques used by taekwondo practitioners. However, it is important to also learn some of the useful tips that can help you to begin your meditation.   1. Your Posture Your posture has to be perfect. Your spine should be straight and your shoulders relaxed. Meditation is all about connecting the mind and the body. If your body is properly balanced, your mind will also be balanced. In order to ensure that your back is always straight all the time, just imagine that your head is touching the sky at all times.   2. Your eyes Many people find that they drift away in thought when they close their eyes. It is therefore advised that you keep your eyes open when meditating. You can simply lower your gaze. However, if you find that meditating with your eyes closed is more effective, then it is okay to close them when meditating.                                 3. Your breath Breathing is an important factor in meditation therefore you should concentrate on how you steam it in and out. You should not control it; just let it be natural. This will help you to stay in the present and not drift away.   4. Your thoughts If you find that thoughts are creeping into your mind when you are meditating, gently let them go by focusing on your breathing. If you try and block thoughts, you will become agitated. The best way to deal with thoughts is to imagine they are unwelcome visitors in your home and you are asking them to leave.   5. Your emotions If you have strong emotions in your mind, you will find it hard to get into mediation mode. This is because strong emotions will make you drift away by bringing in thoughts and stories to your mind. Emotions such as anger, fear, envy, etc. all bring stories to your mind. The best way to deal with these emotions is to focus on the feelings of the body. For instance, if you feel a tight knot in your chest that is caused by anger or betrayal, you should focus on that part of your body instead of becoming entangled in the stories. This is meant to create a flow of energy throughout your entire body and will help you to honor the emotions that you feel, instead of getting entangled in thoughts.   6. Your length If you feel you cannot do a two hour meditation, then you should not do it. The amount of time that you take to meditate should be within your own comfort zone. If you feel like ten minutes is enough then this is what you should do.   7. Your silence Some people prefer to listen to "meditation music" while others prefer complete silence. Some people believe that silence has healing power. When you sit in silence, you will be able to focus on what your mind is doing. It gives you inner peace and lets your mind rest. PREVIOUS PAGE  |  NEXT PAGE
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In taekwondo schools, they use colored belts to indicate that a student has progressed from one rank to another. The junior ranks are known as gup while the senior rank is known as dan, or black belt. Belt systems vary between different schools. However, the most common system uses only six belt colors: white, yellow, green, blue, red and black.   What Does Each Belt Signify?   White Belt Every student must begin at this level. They usually begin at the 10th geup level. The color white is an indicator of innocence and this belt is given to the student the moment they enter the school. Before they advance to the next level, they must gain a yellow stripe in their belt.                                  Yellow Belt This is the first rank that a student is promoted to. It signifies the sun and the earth. The two elements are necessary for growth and therefore serve as an indicator that the student is still growing. Half way between the yellow belt and the next belt rank, the student is given a green stripe.   Green The green belt is used to show that the student is still growing and has great potential for growth. At this stage, the student is unrefined and is still developing strength and growing into the art. Before they advance to the next level, the student will be given a blue stripe.   Blue The color blue signifies the sky. The sky is the limit and students should aim to reach the other ranks. They are usually given a red stripe before they advance to the next rank.   Red This belt signifies the final stage of the junior belt ranks before the student advances to the black belt. The color red is associated with danger and it warns other students that the student is becoming a skilled fighter. When the student receives a black stripe on their belt it shows that they are half way up to reaching the black belt rank.   Black The black belt indicates that the student has reached maturity. They are given the rank of a first dan and are promoted from the junior ranks. From there, they can advance through the black belt ranks.   Other colors Some schools include other colors such as brown, purple, and orange in the junior rankings. These colors are not widely used and only remain in the schools or particular association. PREVIOUS PAGE |  NEXT PAGE
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As exercise is one of the essential needs of the body to be healthy, pursuing a particular sport gives a different level of fitness and body conditioning. One of the most amazing sports is boxing. Training for boxing needs cardio and HIIT workouts while at the same time strengthening the muscles at a static dynamism. One specific exercise that is best for boxing training is skipping or jumping because it improves stamina and mental alertness. Here are the types of skipping exercises that are best for boxing trainees to include in their regimens.                                 Boxing trainees need to master two basic skipping steps such as: Bounce Step This is the very basic skipping step where you carry all your body including the feet together up and down when jumping and landing while managing and skipping the rope movements. This is perfect for beginners not only because of its lowest difficulty level, but it hones the body and mind while progressing toward the more difficult skipping types.   Alternate Foot Step The Alternate-Foot step skipping type is where you are like doing the steps of running while skipping on a rope. In this procedure, you must be sure to keep a pace of non-stop and unobstructed running completely not bothered by the rope that you are skipping on. This is done by passing the rope under the feet after every one of the feet touches the ground surface.   Double Under Similar to the bounce step in which you leap twice because the rope crosses twice beneath your feet. This is definitely a dynamic activity because you need to keep in mind not stepping on the rope while keeping your pace perfectly in passing under the feet.   Boxer Skip The boxer skip is purposed for building endurance in the body without using more muscles and without getting too tired easily. This skipping step can be done in a longer period of time while setting the entire physiological aspects of the body inclined to higher gears and fast dynamism in the near future. Basically, Boxer Skip induces explosiveness while in a very balanced rhythm through a higher foundation on footwork and leg strength. Boxer Skip is done like you are in a jogging rhythm and stepping on alternating-foot. One of the differences between the boxer skip and alternate foot is the speed and size of the footsteps. But the biggest difference is that in boxer skip, the rope passes in the interval where both feet touch the ground surface. There are also other types of skipping that boxing trainees can do to induce their body's strengths and improve their weaknesses. Skipping step tricks such as: Foot Cross High Knee is done by skipping the rope while jumping higher and having the knees bent Front Straddle is done by skipping rope in a running position but knees bent Lateral Hops is when jumping to every side while skipping the rope Other types of skipping steps when skipping are to add some arm tricks such as Arm Criss-Cross and Arm Side Swing. Written by: GigiQuin PREVIOUS PAGE |  NEXT PAGE
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Jim Thorpe was an American athlete widely regarded as the best in the world during the early 20th century. He played football and baseball professionally and earned Olympic gold. Thorpe’s Personal Life The specifics of his birthdate or location of birth have not been independently verified, and his childhood experiences are frequently questioned. His parents have a mixture of ancestries. His mother was Charlotte Vieux, and his father was a farmer named Hiram Thorpe. He was brought up following Indian traditions. Before being transferred to the Haskell Institute, an Indian residential school in Kansas, he attended the Sac and Fox Indian Agency School. After a fight with his father, he left home and fell into depression because his mother had died when he was still a child. He returned to his father when he was 16 and started his studies at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Due to his extraordinary physical prowess, he distinguished himself among his classmates during his school years. Glenn "Pop" Warner, a great football coach, recognized his talent and gave him coaching. Jim had yet another sorrow when his father passed away, leaving him an orphan.                                 His Career Thorpe obtained a contract with the New York Giants to play professional baseball and later wed Iva Miller, his college sweetheart. With the Giants, Cincinnati Reds, and Boston Braves throughout a six-year major league career, Thorpe batted just.252, though he produced a respectable.327 average in his final season. At the beginning of professional football, Thorpe had a far greater influence. He agreed to play for the Canton Bulldogs in 1915 for $250 per game, and he made his money back by bringing in sizable crowds and helping the team to league titles in 1916, '17, and '19.  The Bulldogs were one of the 14 teams that comprised the American Professional Football Association in 1920, which would later become the National Football League. Thorpe presided over the league for one season. Thorpe coached and participated in games for the Oorang Indians, an all-Native American team, from 1922 to 1923. The team's games included members performing "war dances" and other rituals to excite spectators. Walter Lingo, the proprietor of the Oorang Dog Kennels in LaRue, Ohio, sponsored the squad. Through 1928, Thorpe participated in NFL games with the Cleveland Indians, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants, and Chicago Cardinals. Thorpe was chosen as a founding member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and in 1982, as a co-winner of the 1912 track events, his name was added back to the Olympic record books. He was chosen as the best athlete of the previous century in a poll sponsored by ABC Sports in 2000. He placed third in a poll by the Associated Press, demonstrating his continued prominence in American culture.
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Famous African American athlete Reggie White. He was well-known for his impressive performance in 15 seasons of National Football League play during his professional football career. He played collegiate football for the University of Tennessee. He received two awards for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The greatest defensive end to ever play the position is Reggie White. We will acknowledge his greatness in this retrospective of his career. White’s Personal Life Tennessee's Chattanooga is where White was born. He attended Howard School of Academics and Technology during his senior year of high school when he was given the opportunity to play for the Tennessee Volunteers. White earned All-American accolades during his senior year at Howard High School, compiling 140 tackles and ten sacks. White, one of the state's best recruits, chose Tennessee University as his school.  He participated in professional football for both USFL and NFL teams. He was a Christian as well. He had two children, Jeremy and Jecolia, with the former Sara Copeland, with whom he was married. White was a defensive line rotational player as a rookie. He had a bigger impact in his second season, making 95 tackles and eight sacks, which was a team-high. The 1981 Garden State Bowl saw the Tennessee Volunteers defeat Wisconsin 28-21 to conclude their campaign. White's junior season, hampered by a persistent ankle injury, saw him record 47 tackles and seven sacks. Despite the loss (28-22), White was outstanding in the Peach Bowl with eight tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble.                                 His Career the mark for the most career sacks, a game, or a season still belongs to Reggie White. He recorded 124 more sacks during his eight seasons with the Eagles than games played (121). With 68.5 sacks later, White became the Packers' all-time leader. He held the title of Minister of Defense and was a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner, as well as a 13-time Pro Bowler and 10-time first-team All-Pro. White was chosen for the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, and the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1996, White won the Super Bowl for the first time. On February 4, 2006, he was given a posthumous induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. As the team's captain and defensive guru, Reggie White was regarded. He is regarded as having a strong commitment to the sport. To Sports Illustrated, he said: "You are instructed to hit the ground on a double team in high school and college. You're expected to do it here. Every play, I am double-teamed, so I am used to it. Sacks are fantastic because they help you get selected for the Pro Bowl. However, I've always believed that a great defensive lineman must be equally adept at playing the run and the pass. The "guys of the game" take great satisfaction in being complete players."
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Wilt Chamberlain, a 7' 1" center who dominated professional basketball for more than 14 seasons starting in 1959, was one of the most outstanding individual athletes to ever thrive in a sport. Chamberlain, sometimes known as "Wilt the Stilt," is remembered for a legendary performance in 1962 in which he set a record by scoring 100 points in a single game, which no other player has come close to tying. Chamberlain’s Personal Life Wilt was born Wilton Norman Chamberlain on August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. His parents were homemakers, William Chamberlain and Olivia Ruth Johnson. He never liked basketball as a kid and was more of a track and field athlete. But when he got older, he found that he liked basketball because it was a prominent sport in Philadelphia. He played basketball at "Overbrook High School," where he was a student. He was already taller, over 6 feet at that point. Thus he had an advantage over other players when he played basketball. His collegiate basketball career began in 1957. The next year, he guided the "Jayhawks" to the "NCAA" championship game. He left college in 1958 to pursue a career in basketball. However, he was prohibited from doing so because he needed to finish college to be eligible to play in the "NBA." He was paid $50,000 to play for the "Harlem Globetrotters," who signed him.                                 His Career To play basketball for the University of Kansas, Chamberlain relocated to Kansas in 1955. He scored 30 points on average there. He received two All-American honors. After his junior year, he decided to go pro, but due to NBA rules, he could not play in the league. Instead, he spent a year as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. The Philadelphia Warriors selected him in the 1959 draught. In 1965, he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers; in 1968, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout his 14-year career, he dominated basketball and set numerous records. On March 2, 1962, he scored 100 points against the New York Knicks in one of his best games.  Never once in his entire career did he foul out. The expansion of the lane, the introduction of offensive goaltending, and modifications to the rules controlling inbounding the ball and shooting free throws were all brought about by his dominance of the game. In 1973, Chamberlain gave up playing basketball. He ventured into a variety of endeavors, such as coaching basketball, investing in stocks and real estate, playing professional volleyball, competing in marathons, writing his memoirs, opening a nightclub in Harlem, appearing in numerous commercials, and portraying a villainous warrior and Arnold Schwarzenegger's opposite in the movie Conan the Destroyer (1984). On October 12, 1999, he passed away from congestive heart failure in his Bel Air, California, home.
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Boxing is a combative sport between two athletes. It requires each player to throw and hit punches at their opponent. This battle of the fists requires speed, precision, and stamina. Each hit has an equivalent point that is decisive in the outcome of a match. A boxer must not throw punches mindlessly. It requires quick-wit and strategizing. A deep understanding of this increases the odds of winning. Check out the 10 boxing punches below that every boxer should know.                                 The 10 Boxing Punches   1. Jab A jab is a sudden move used in various combinations. It is one of the first techniques taught to beginners and diligently mastered by experienced boxers. The non-dominant hand is usually the one that performs the jabs.   2. Cross The cross is a straight punch that outputs a lot of power. The release is from the rear hand and crosses the body position to hit the opponent. It is an efficient knock-out weapon when mastered. The dominant hand executes this high-impact move.   3. Lead Hook A lead hook is a short-side upper punch from the non-dominant hand. The arm must be at a ninety-degree angle and parallel to the ground.   4. Rear Hook A rear hook is a short-side upper punch from the dominant hand. It is a punch that requires a lot of body coordination. Like the lead hook, positioning the foot, shoulder, back, and elbow is fundamental.   5. Lead Uppercut A lead uppercut is a short swing upward punch. It is a close-range move that packs a wallop. It is the left hand for an orthodox and the right hand for a southpaw.   6. Rear Uppercut A right uppercut is like aiming to hit the chin of the opponent to ensure victory. It is like the lead uppercut. It is the left hand for a southpaw and the right for an orthodox.   7. Lead Hook to the Body A lead hook to the body is similar to the lead hook. It has the intent of striking the body for points. This move has a risk of leaving the chin defenseless.   8. Rear Hook to the Body The rear hook to the body punch is the same as the rear hook. It has the intent to hit the body of the opponent. Bending the knees low with this move is advisable to lower the risks of the chin being open for attacks.   9. Jab to the Body The move jab to the body is a sudden punch. It aims to hit the opposite player's body. When doing this technique, it is wise to allow your head to slip while punching. It is a secure way that the head does not become vulnerable.   10. Cross to the Body The cross to the body is a straight punch from the rear hand. This move requires some back hip rotation and flexibility. Like all punches aiming for the body, keeping the knees low is key to lessen the risks of a backlash. An orthodox throws it from the right hand, and a southpaw uses the left hand.   Knowing and learning different combinations of these ten boxing punches gives a boxer the advantage of strategizing. Therefore, winning a boxing match is not far from reach.   Written by: TVLH210622 PREVIOUS PAGE |  NEXT PAGE
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