So I haven't done any serious boxing/striking for half a year or more now, committing most of my time to grappling. About to start the striking cycle back up in June, though, and this was basically a benchmark to see where I stood. I'm in the blue shirt. [YT]udZtS-FeCDQ[/YT] [YT]1EhX0nMJq9k[/YT] So here are some technical questions: I mostly get caught when in the process of backing up. What's the ideal solution to this for my style? Clinch as someone presses forward? Pivot out more instead of backpedaling? Turn the backpedaling into a setup for some counters? @ 00:35 of the second video, I start setting up a lead/lunging left hook with some jabs to the body. You can hear my shoes squeak as I try to go for it lol, which probably means my footing is off somewhere. I just started adding this to my toolbox, but lot of times it misses, or if I land it, it's not really hurting them as much as I'd like it to. What am I doing wrong with the mechanics? I'm setting it up with the body jab enough to get them to drop their hands, but I think my left hook form might be off. Floyd likes to throw something between a hook and uppercut when he does this move, maybe that's more effective? How's my footwork btw? Am I too stagnant at times? I'm often confused between moving away too much when I'm in a good position, and not moving away when I'm in a bad position. Wish that shit would chill lol. A more general question: A training partner of mine who mostly does Muay Thai has developed a more unorthodox style over time, and with anything you repeat, you start getting better at it. [YT]4rpMp9u0oUs [/YT] A lot of what he does is technically wrong in boxing, but he has a lot of success with it because it's weird and people aren't used to seeing it. The guy he's doing the stuff he's doing to is actually a really fucking good boxer. But he's getting away with a lot of bullshit and who's say that he should fix it if it's not broke. The way he fights now is actually a lot closer to how I used to fight (not as sloppy on the punches) and how I naturally want to fight. I'm wondering where the line should drawn between an unorthodox/improvised style and a more technical/systematic style. What's more successful in MMA? Does it depend on the fighter's athleticism? Or does it work better against some fighters and not against others -- "punch the boxer and boxer the puncher," as Roy Jones said.