Reviewed by Bill Tibbs
The front cover of the DVD advertises, “How to Prepare Your Body and Mind for Boxing,” and there might not be anyone better suited to address these two subjects than Hall of Fame broadcaster, analyst and world-renowned trainer Teddy Atlas of Staten Island, New York.
The DVD, released as part of Dynamic Striking’s video series, (www.bjjfanatics.com/dynamicstriking.com), looks at the physical and psychological aspects of preparing to enter the ring. For any fighter who is looking to compete, or just train using the fundamentals of boxing, the DVD breaks down all critical areas, with specific examples from Atlas who has coached fighters from novice amateurs through to world champion professionals.
Atlas, who himself was schooled under legendary New York boxing man Cus D’Amato, has taken numerous fighters to world championships as a professional. In the video, the 2019 Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, addresses all of the offensive and defensive moves in a boxing ring that a fighter, on any level, will have to understand and master. More importantly, Atlas explains what each move is designed to do in both setup, goal and execution. While there have been other boxing DVD’s in the past that have shown numerous boxing-related workouts, none address the science and thinking behind each move a fighter can, and should, try to do in a ring to execute the strategic punches and combinations.
The video is broken down into 4 parts. Part 1 is the introduction to the video, then looks at Stretching and Hand Wrapping to prepare for the workout. Part 2 contains Gloves, Setting the Table (Jabs and Offense), Defensive options in the ring, looking at Do’s and Don’ts and Rules and Lead-Counters. Part 3 looks at Pad Work and learning your Distance in the ring, the critical rule of Moving after you Punch, Setting Traps to catch your opponent and the Art of Inside Fighting. And, Part 4 looks at Shadow Boxing and Hitting and Controlling the Heavy Bag.
The reality is that most people who watch boxing DVD’s aren’t going to be professional fighters, or trainers, but they might be very interested in the art and science of the strategy used in a boxing match. Atlas has long claimed that the most important detail to look for in a fighter is they have to understand the game and what he or she is trying to do in the ring. In short, understanding your objectives and how to execute the moves to achieve them. So, the video explains every critical move and the goals behind them, from both an offensive and defensive posture. That is perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the DVD; that Atlas makes a point of explaining each movement in the ring, its intent and execution. As well, Atlas, who relishes his role as a teacher and mentor to the athletes he works with, brings his trademark enthusiasm to the instructional portions of the video. Also, Atlas manages to translate his personality to an on-screen audience, and this can’t be under-valued. The passionate attention to detail he brings to the DVD allows the participants to feel they are indeed getting an opportunity to work under a world-renowned teacher like Atlas, something that isn’t always easy to deliver in a video format.
Even for someone who has no desire to be in competitive boxing, and just wants to get a better understanding of the game, this video takes you through some of the critical elements of the mental and physical aspect of the sport. In reality, logic dictates that most people won’t ever have the opportunity to work with Atlas as he, understandably, works almost exclusively with elite level professionals; but this video might be the next best thing. Through this DVD, the serious fighter, the training (non-participant) boxer or the casual fan, can better understand the methods behind many of the moves, both defensive and offensive, in boxing at every level of the game from a teacher considered as one of the very best. Atlas has an on-screen teaching model that captures his passion, humour and most importantly his wealth of knowledge from decades in the sport teaching and training the very best in the game - Informative, entertaining and highly recommended. * * * * */5