Western Boxing

Phase 1 Advanced 

Minimum training: 45 ClassesWestern Boxing Portland


 I.          Blocking

a)  Jab

  • Catch
  • Parry (inside and out)
  • Double cover
  • Single arm shield
  • Hook out
  • Inward block
  • Outward block
  • Pop up
  • Rear hammer
  • Single arm shield/and catch
b)  Low jab

  • Double cover
  • Rear forearm
  • Lead forearm
  • Step back and pat down lead and rear
    • w/palm
    • w/knife edge
    • w/cup and hook
c)  Rear straight

  • Catch
  • Parry
  • Double Cover
  • Shoulder Roll
  • Upward
  • Forearm  (George Foreman)
  • Single arm shield
d)  Low rear straight

  • Double Cover
  • Rear Forearm
  • Lead Forearm
  • Step back and pat down
  • Forearm
e)  Hook

  • V cover
  • Hollywood
  • Cut
  • Bicep Stop
  • Shoulder Stop
  • Lead pat-parry
  • R straight
  • ride
f)  Low Hook

  • V cover
  • Twisting Forearm
  • ride
g)  Uppercut

  • Pat cover L or R
  • Double cover
  • Shoulder Roll
  • Forearm
  • Single arm shield


II.          Body Movement

  • Bobbing (slipping)
  • Bob and weave
  • Slip
  • Duck
  •  Snap back

Two Person Drills

  • Pivot shoulder tag
  • Hook power drill
  • Grab Drill
  1. Parry
  2. hook

 Glove Exchanges

  • 3 way jab exchanges
  1. 2 count, shuffle L & R
  2. Jab, rear, jab
  • Eight count
  1. Jab for jab
  2. Double for double
  3. R straight to shoulder roll
  4. Hook to V cover
  • Hook shuffle cover
  1. High
  2. Low
  3. Low to low; R high to duck; L high to duck and back  (rhythm changes)
  4. Low to low, R straight to duck, L hook to duck

Note: Switch, do both sides, don’t anticipate “Be present”


III.          Focus Mitt Drills (know the signs)

  • Jab (4 locations)
  • Double Jab (traveling)
  • Triple Jab  (traveling)
  • Jab, hook
  • Jab, R straight, hook
  • Jab, R straight, low hook, high hook
  • 1, 2, hook
  • Shoe shine
  • Stacking bricks
  • Verbal response
  • Page 1 mitt drill


IV.          Bag Drills

  • Swinging drill
  1. in, out
  2. in, switch, in, out
  •  Bob and Weave
  1. to right then left, R tight body hook
  2. other side
  3. All combinations from focus mitts


V.          Conditioning

  • 3 rounds heavy mitts
  • 3 rounds heavy bag
  • 10 minutes non-stop jump rope


VI.          Philosophy

  • To shadow in boxing is to follow
  • Open eyes, open heart, open mind in all areas of fighting and life
  • When fighting a southpaw, always stay on the outside of his lead foot if you are a conventional fighter, gives you the advantage on the angle and moves you away from the power hand
  • The best defense is a good offense
  • Strike through the target
  • Sparring and Ring Strategy

a)     1st round-

  1. keep distance,
  2. lead with jab use to gather intelligence how he defends, what hand, move back, sit, etc…,
  3. use mostly straight hands keeping range


b)    2nd round-

  1. start attacking the body trying to slow the opponent down,
  2. start using counter techniques,
  3. keep using jab,
  4. get idea of how opponent reacts in close,
  5. work on changing elevations


c)     3rd round-

  1. little more head movement side to side, in and out, up and down,
  2. if what you are trying is not working go back to straight shots and start over again


d)    4th round-

  1. endurance is coming into play,
  2. always come back to the jab,
  3. try to get opponent to sit on their heels. It’s hard for him to counter if he is on his heels,
  4. if you get pushed into the ropes you have to keep a good closed guard and work on counter punching. You can work on turning your opponent to the ropes by the neck, tie up and elbows


e)     5th round-

  1. work on racking up points,
  2. maybe time to try for the KO,
  3. pressing the action “be first”,
  4. if you are getting tired try clinching and wait for the referee to call for a break, it will by you some rest time,
  5. close off round by picking up the pace finish first and stay active your ending flurry will be the last thing on the judges mind


f)      At the end of the fight always show good sportsmanship










Members will be certified as an assistant instructor within Northwest Fighting Arts upon completion of the NWFA stand-up curriculum Phase I: Beginner, Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced, and Advanced sections.  This certification allows members to teach within NWFA under the supervision of senior instructors.