In case you have watched the movie Snatch, there are greater chances that you might be wanting to get your hands on a boxing sack do you can start with your own set of training as a bare-knuckle boxer. The question, however, is how you are intending to get started in the first place. Even before we start, you ought to know that bare-knuckle boxing is ruled as illegal and unlicensed in the majority of the countries as well as states. Nonetheless, it is still quite popular among the masses apart from having made a great comeback in the United States recently.
Before we plunge into the ultimate training sessions, you might be surprised to know that all kinds of boxing genuinely originated from bare-knuckle boxing. Therefore, the training sessions for bare-knuckle boxing is quite similar to the training sessions of the regular boxing bouts. Now, let’s proceed to the ultimate training steps that can assist you with becoming an excellent athlete and fighter in bare-knuckle boxing.
1. Train And Strengthen Your Hands
First things first; if you have delicate hands, then this might not be the perfect sport for you. You might have already heard about the term “boxing fracture” which is a common injury in MMA as well as boxing. First, you will have to train your hands by conditioning them. You can do it easily with the help of using MMA gloves while starting your training sessions. Furthermore, your bare-knuckle boxing training sessions should be taken slowly at the beginning which means that you don’t need to go hardcore from the very start. Increase your pace with the use of focus mitts and boxing bags. The MMA boxing gloves will assist you in conditioning your hands in certain areas, such as your knuckles and your wrists. You ought to bear in mind that you are training for bare-knuckle fights; therefore, ensure to make effective use of your first two knuckles while landing your punches accurately on the focus mitts and heavy boxing bags.
After completing the punching round with the MMA gloves on; proceed to at least one final round without the use of boxing bandages and MMA gloves. Gradually but steadily, your hands will get used to the stress that is part of the bare-knuckle boxing. For the best conditioning and training of your hands, make sure to increase the time period during which you will be working barehanded on the boxing bag. This will lead to the strengthening of your hands. Also, make sure to enhance the training sessions that will be done without the MMA boxing gloves and hand wraps. Slowly but gradually you will reach the point where you will be performing all of your training sessions without the assistance of boxing gloves and other accessories to protect your hands from the stress and impact. Referring to the boxing bags, it is recommended to get one of the canvas training bags instead of the vinyl boxing bags. The canvas bags tend to be rougher and coarser that will help in a quicker and better buildup of the callouses.
2. The Strategical Wearing Of The Boxing/ MMA Gloves And Hand Wraps
Defense plays a crucial role in regular boxing as well as bare-knuckle boxing. You ought to learn intensive boxing skills without the use of boxing gloves and hand wraps. The thing with bare-knuckle boxing is that you won’t be using regular boxing gloves; therefore, you won’t have the necessary protection to defend your hands and face with. In other words, bare-knuckle boxing doesn’t include the use of boxing gloves that will assist with the blocking of the opponent’s strikes and punches. The punches of your opponent tend to appear smaller which can also cause them to slip through your guards.
Injuries, such as cuts can appear faster and more frequent in the bouts of bare-knuckle boxing. This is due to the fact that bare-knuckle fighting is fought with bare fists and knuckles. Therefore, the landing of each bare-knuckle is similar to the strikes of bones against bones that are definitely painful and intense as compared to regular boxing. Hence, bare-knuckle boxing can end up quite bloody. However, during the sparring sessions, it is still recommended to wear sparring boxing gloves as well as regular boxing gloves. The MMA gloves tend to be lighter; therefore, these can generate a more realistic feel during the training sessions.
It is recommended to wear regular boxing gloves during the more intensive training days and lighter MMA gloves during the lighter sparring days. Wearing the lighter MMA gloves for sparring will assist in learning defense mechanisms along with throwing accurate punches on your opponent.
3. Look After Your Hands
Trust us when we say that training sessions are hard. Therefore, it is a norm to find abrasions on your hands after the sparring and training sessions. In order to take care of your hands, it is recommended to apply some sort of antibiotic ointment which will not only take care of your hands but also speed up the healing process of your hands. The scraping of your hands is a common outcome of striking the punching bag with the hands. You might also soak your hands and wrists for at least 20 minutes in ice-cold water after each of your workout sessions. This process will ease the stress and discomfort of your hands. Last but not least, training with consistency makes one perfect.