Amanda Serrano is a pro boxer, and the current female WBO bantamweight champion. She’s also the only female boxer to win world titles in five different divisions.

She shares her tips and insight for beginners:

1. Work the basics

“The most important factors to throwing a perfect punch are practice and patience. When I first started, my trainer would have me practice every punch non-stop for three minutes. I would do one round of just jabs, a round of just hooks, and so on.” Don’t get discouraged if the movements don’t come naturally at first. “I’ve had 34 fights, and am just now coming into my own.”

2. Trust your training

“When I step into the ring, I let everything go. Once you do that your body takes over and the punches come naturally. I’m not worried about getting hit because I’ve learned how to push forward.”