flinching?

Discussion in 'Standup Technique' started by grchrampage, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. grchrampage

    grchrampage White Belt

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    i just started boxing training about a month now and i sparred for the first time and i had a problem with flinching. is this normal or does it go away with practice ? the coach said he was gonna get rid of it.
     
  2. scorcho

    scorcho Brown Belt

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    That is totally normal. You will get used to it after a while. Just keep training!
     
  3. fdupnct

    fdupnct Blue Belt

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    Yeah, most everyone flinches when they first start, it's a natural reaction. The more you have punches thrown at you the more used to it you'll get and eventually you'll stop flinching.
     
  4. Matt

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    Absolutely normal. There would be something wrong with a human being who doesn't instinctively flinch when he's about to get hit. As you spar more and gain experience you'll learn to suppress that instinct and eventually it will go away and you won't even have to think about it.
     
  5. Orsyn

    Orsyn Asian Connoisseur

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    Yeah it's fine, you just need to get hit more ;). I was a big flincher when I started boxing, but I don't anymore :)
     
  6. farmboy

    farmboy Banned Banned

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    Eventually it will turn from flinching to slipping, ducking, dodging, etc.. Just keep training and don't be self-conscious.
     
  7. ShadowNINku

    ShadowNINku SANDBAGGER BELT

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    it does'nt mean you are a bitch....it's innate
     
  8. Fzubek

    Fzubek Brown Belt

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    Dude I had the same problem for atleast the first several months of training, and it still happens occasionally when I see a huge punch barreling my way, I usually kinda put my hands up close my eyes, tuck my chin and brace for impact. I know, definitely a bad habbit but its going away slowly.
     
  9. bejak

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    try going to a pool looking in the water and chopping your hand in the water so water splashes in your eyes and dont close your eyes at all
     
  10. LCDforMe

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    What is this, some ancient chinese techniques over here?
     
  11. CANADIANFIGHTCLUB

    CANADIANFIGHTCLUB Brown Belt

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    sparing, sparing, sparing. dont give up my man!!!!
     
  12. joe broadway

    joe broadway Unbeatable

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    you just need to get hit enough to be unafraid of being hit
     
  13. Elpresidente

    Elpresidente Brown Belt

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    No worries there, it is a natural reaction. You will get used to it.
     
  14. Joey Guidice

    Joey Guidice Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    yea i just started training standup as well and i have the same problem...this thread made me feel alot better though!!!
     
  15. RD.5

    RD.5 Banned Banned

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    We all flinch man, its natural, you have to learn to work with your flinch for countering
     
  16. ASPNTXWRX

    ASPNTXWRX White Belt

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    I have been sparring for a little while now and have gotten a lot better at parrying. Just knowing that I can deflect a punch or kick that I see coming helps a lot.
     
  17. farmboy

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    I'm sparring tonight. We have a huge dude in our class that is about 5 or 6 inches taller (at least) than me and out-weighs me by close to 150 lbs. He's a very good boxer, and my kicks don't do a lot against him. It's very hard for me not to flinch when we fight, and sometimes I even turn away to try to get away. Big mistake, I know, but it's very intimidating.
     
  18. Chthon

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    Everybody starts at zero and works their way up. You aren't born knowing how to defend yourself properly. Flinching is part of learning because it's natural when you first start to get hit, even when your sparring partner is babying you. Don't worry about it.
     
  19. Hamit Aktas

    Hamit Aktas Amateur Fighter

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    Nothing wrong with flinching guy. It will go away eventually, so don't feel stupid or anything for flinching when you've only been training for a month and now had your first sparring session.
    Keep at it and it and you'll get used to it.

    Cheers.
     
  20. odin87

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    dude same here. I use to have the same problem, but with more sparring I slowly got out of the habit.
     

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