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focus mitts are not available, punch shields or soft medicine balls can used
instead (Figures 4a–b). Focus mitts are also excellent for reinforcing sight
recognition and reaction time by simply holding out the mitt in position to
receive a strike without any auditory instruction.
For example, the focus mitt
would be held out for a left jab, right cross, left hook, right uppercut combination
without any vocal instruction. The tactical athlete is then required to
visually acquire the target and strike as quickly as possible.
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