Those who start boxing, or other martial arts, like to focus only on improving the punches, but they do not care about their footwork. And, well, that is a huge mistake. If you see the best fighters, they almost “dance” in the ring. And for a good reason.
If your boxing footwork is developed, you can land your punches more accurately and powerfully, and more importantly, you can avoid being hit by your opponent. If it is terrible, you can quickly run into a huge punch and be knocked out, and your punches will not land where you want them to be landed. Hence, developing your footwork is as vital as your punches.
We can define the footwork in various ways, but this is my favorite one.
For the pugilist, footwork is deft and simplistic, allowing the fighter to move in and out of striking range as quickly as possible.Wikipedia
So, the footwork aims to maximize the boxer’s efficiency of defending and attacking. That is the reason why the best boxing trainers start teaching it first and then punching.
If you still do not believe why proper footwork is crucial for success, watch the video below in which Andre Ward explains the whys.
Let’s recap the benefits of good footwork.
- Your leg muscles get stronger. This way, your coordination, balance, and agility will be better.
- You will be able to throw more powerful and accurate punches as you will have better range control.
- You will have a better rhythm. That helps you to avoid tiredness, and you can pace yourself better.
- Because you move sufficiently, your opponent will miss more punches, and you can land more. Hence, you get more confidence while your opponent loses his.
- It helps to make fewer mistakes and conserve your energy.
- I’m going to make a collection of tips and tutorials on how to develop your boxing footwork.
Answers to FAQs
How to improve boxing footwork?
You can get a better boxer’s footwork by focusing on balance, foot placement, and spacing. Balance will help you remain upright. Foot placement will help you maintain your balance. Spacing will help you avoid stepping in to your opponent’s attack range.
Why do boxers shuffle their feet?
Boxers shuffle their feet to keep balanced during the fight, or to make it harder to predict their next move.
How do boxers keep their feet light?
To keep their feet light, boxers will often work on their speed by skipping rope and running. Moreover, they know where to keep the center and how to do so as they throw punches and defend. Flexibility is also important. A flexible muscle gets a job done faster. Finally, practice the footwork of attacking and defending while moving back and forth and to the sides. The heavy bag is great for this because you can change directions while moving it.
How to pivot faster in boxing?
Pivoting is a defensive movement that helps you avoid punches while keeping you close to the opponent. You can pivot faster in boxing by rotating and turning your feet in combination with your upper body.
Who has the best footwork in boxing?
Sugar Ray Robinson
Juan Manuel Márquez
Timothy Bradley Jr
And let me finish with a great quote from Ronda Rousey.
I wasn’t allowed to throw big hooks and overhand rights until I’d been striking for three years. It’s so you don’t rely on those things from the very beginning. If your footwork sucks, and you can only stand in one place and throw your hands all crazy while the other person is running around, you’re never going to be able to hit them.Ronda Rousey