Let’s directly address the point – what’s a boxing stance?
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Boxing isn’t all about the hands. True, you throw the punches using your hands, but how powerful and swift the blows are largely depended on your feet.
Without proper boxing stance and footwork, balancing yourself and moving around your opponent would turn out to be a clumsy affair.
Your punches would be weak even if you have good glove, and quickly dodging an attack would be almost impossible.
Here are tips on how to do boxing footwork drills to ensure your stance and moves are correct, so as to improve on stability and speed.
Learning The Right Positions and Moves
1. Get Into a Strong, Athletic Stance
Move your lead foot not more than 8 inches forward, and the other foot slightly behind, toes to the side.
Bend your knees a bit, and loosen your shoulders.
Lower your face a little, so your chin touches your chest, and you are looking through your eyebrows.
Ensure your feet are slightly apart.
Remember to Keep Your Spine Straight.
2. Stand on The Balls of Your Feet
The balls of your feet are the area just behind your toes. In other words, it means you stand ‘on your toes’.
This position allows your feet to move quickly. When making a movement, always push down with the balls of the feet, and not your back heel; your back heel should always be off the ground.
As a result, your body-weight should also be evenly distributed over your two feet.
3. Moving Forward and Backward
To move forward, step forward with your lead foot followed by the back foot.
As you do this, ensure you don’t lift the feet too high; they should remain as close to the ground as possible.
After making the movement, slide back to your previous stance. To move backward, follow the same steps, only this time, you start by moving the back foot.
4. Moving Sideways
To go to the right, start by stepping the right foot sideways, then slide the left to follow. Moving to the left is just a reverse of that.
However, remember that one foot makes the step and the second foot to move slides. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re right or left-handed, your right foot remains the right foot, and you let the left.
5. Avoid Crossing Your Feet
Never allow your feet to cross. Doing so would throw you off balance, to the advantage of your opponent.
It would also make moving and turning difficult, and dodging punches would be a hard task.
6. Keep Your Upper Body Straight Up and Relaxed When Moving
A slight bend of your upper body destabilizes you. A loss of balance could cost you a lot during a fight.
Above all, keep your spine straight and your shoulders relaxed. Move freely, avoiding the contraction of muscles.
In other words, straight spine and relaxed muscles make movements fluid and swift.
Learning Powerful and Complex Moves
1. Take Short and Powerful Steps
Short steps allow you to stay just at the edge of your range or that of your opponent so that you can easily attack and step back in time.
The steps should be less than 8 centimeters. Such short steps ensure you don’t waste energy, plus they allow you to make quick moves, a technique many good fighters find useful.
2. Diagonal Movements
The moves are easier for the right-handed. Using them on the ring allows you to be agile, so you can quickly look for a target to land a punch and dodge blows.
To make diagonal moves, keep your steps short, straighten your spine and avoid crossing your feet. Follow your lead foot to make a move.
• Moving Diagonally Right( towards the front)
Push with the back foot and throw yourself to the right. The front foot provides a momentary break before sliding to the right.
• Moving Diagonally Right ( towards the back)
Push with the front foot and throw your body to the right. The back foot should lift and glide to follow the movement.
In conclusion, to move to the right, start with the right foot, and to move to your left, start by stepping with your left foot.
3. Efficient Pivoting
The pivot is one of the most useful techniques in boxing. It allows you to evade your opponent without having to retreat and to find a target line for a counterattack while doing so.
To pivot to the right, rotate your front foot and push up with the rear foot. It will shift you an angle of 45 degrees.
To pivot to the left, rotate the front foot on its ball to the left and push with the back foot.
Pivoting during a fight enables you to land in your competitors’ blind spot, with the result that you get a chance to land a blow before they can recollect themselves. During pivots, ensure your weight is evenly distributed over both of your feet.
Exercising For Efficient Footwork
1. Jump Rope
Jumping rope helps you improve your balance, speed, and coordination. Jump while on your toes and try out different tricks. A hundred of jumps for each training session is fine.
2. Do Box Jumps
Box jumps help your legs to become powerful and able to make better steps. Have a box, about 14 inches each side for the jumps.
With your shoulders relaxed and over your knees, bend down at the knees and make one big jump to land on the box.
Most importantly, keep your spine upright all the while. Keep increasing the height of the box and consider jumping on one leg too.
3. Use a Footwork Ladder
Ladder exercises train your feet to be fast. Move over the ladder ‘on your toes’. Use different patterns such as only one foot touching the space, two feet touching every space or the sidestepping pattern.
It allows you to mimic a real fight so you can practice on your footwork. Do it when alone; you will focus more on what you’re doing than when in a group. Ensure your stance and moves are correct when shadowboxing.
5. Watch Other Boxers’ Footwork
Look at the moves fighters make; it could be on the screen or during real fights. Look closely to see what footwork the winning fighter uses. Use the same moves yourself and perfect them.
With the proper boxing stance, boxing footwork, and the right exercises, you can dramatically improve your performance in the ring. Footwork is crucial when it comes to throwing the punches, and getting it right is the most important step towards becoming the best boxer out there.
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