Battling your shadow is no walk on the beach….
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared. The best way to shadow box is in front of a mirror. You will want to make sure not to hit the mirror. Not only are you able to keep an eye on your form, but the more you train (in front of a mirror), the more you will understand what kind of boxer you are, what unconscious tendencies you have, or bad habits you’ve built into your style. Results don’t lie, and they’re pretty plain to see when they’re staring back at you in the face.
So yeah, keep an eye on yourself. You will naturally want to keep slipping away from proper form. It’s just how most of us normal people are built. Some people are born with remarkable talent, but if you’re reading this, then that probably isn’t you. Haha it’s okay though, not having talent can actually be rewarding in many ways because you can understand the sport on a very technical level.
Also, when both you and your opponent’s legs are shaking because of damage, you will be able to draw upon all the technical training you performed. A quality punch that has been thrown tens of thousands of times in front of a mirror doesn’t easily lose its form just because the person behind the punch is dead tired. It’s a weird feeling, but as long as you have breath in your body, you feel like there’s no need to even think about surrender. However, if you’re up against a talented boxer who trained just as hard as you… good luck.
The Simple How-To
The best results you can see from shadow boxing in front of a mirror comes from practicing the jab over and over and over again. Focus on your fist in the mirror and punch straight back and forth (A lot harder than it sounds) while constantly minimizing how much you telegraph. This is done by minimizing as much movement as needed to throw a punch.
Telegraphing will never completely go away, but if you pay close attention to your shoulder, how straight your punch is (to and from your target), and all around proper form, then your jab can turn into a very efficient weapon that looks really cool. Technique Instructions for Jab is here.
Please leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts. Happy jabbing!