Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Most Often Underdeveloped Fundamental In Boxing Training.. Footwork

It amazes me nowadays on how many trainers fail to teach proper footwork. Many trainers have it backwards, thinking boxing starts from top to bottom. The truth is, boxing starts from the ground up.

Footwork is everything. Great footwork will put you in position to punch, and allow you to elude a punch at the same time. This is called in and out boxing.

Fighters that have poor footwork are easier to hit. They're also easy to outbox. So what if you have great hands, what's the use if you can't use your feet?

Young fighters must be taught proper footwork before punching. The better their footwork, the better their punching will be.

Fighters often get out of position do to the way they move. Proper footwork drills work best to remedy this.They must be taught how to move, while still being in position to punch.

That's how boxing is defined. To hit, and not be hit, yet still being in position to land a punch. That's the sweet science.

Fighters who lack proper foot work look ridiculously out of rhythm. It was said, that Ali would move around for over an hour before touching a bag. Now you see why he had such nimble feet.

You must work on good foot work. Certainly you don't want to turn a puncher into a boxer. You do want a puncher to have solid footwork though. This will allow him to get in better position to punch, and allow him to punch of a solid base. This then will result in more knock outs for the fighter.

Just having the fighter move around the ring for 4-6 rounds, while doing nothing but moving, will work wonders for his footwork. The fighter will find his rhythm. He will feel more comfortable moving around.

I hope I shed some light on going back to the basics and working on the most important boxing fundamental there is. You should now understand, that boxing does indeed start from the ground up.

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