- May 8, 2016
Thanks for the post I love hearing gym stories and insights like that from decades past.Hell, back in the mid 60's when I got into amateur boxing my coach would often preach about punching through a target. He'd say, "If punching at the chin, envision your fist stopping at the back of his head and if going for a liver shot, imagine your fist hitting his backbone."
Another thing he liked us to practice was to slightly twist our wrist when jabbing upon impact. His logic was the leather of the gloves would pull more on the skin and could open cuts. Now this was a time before headgear was used in amateur fights and only used in sparring in the gym and it did work. I once cut a guys forehead with a jab that I twisted on impact.
Unfortunately as the old school neighbourhood gyms have closed. And the old school coaches have died these insights and tricks have died with them. These days its alot of fitness guys masquerading as coaches.
Another old school trick for example would be to constantly jab the opponents shoulder instead of the head. The jab keeps the opponent of balance and makes his shoulder tired and sore lessning the impact of his punches when he throws them.