Oct 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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Oct 10 2007

Q/A Throwing The Straight Right Hand Punch.

Hey whats up Rob, I have a question about the straight right punch. I know it starts from the foot and goes up to the waist then the upper body. I am an orthodox fighter. should I move my right foot first then my leg then my hips then my upper body? should my right foot move .1 seconds before my upper body does? please help. Willy

Willy, I wouldn’t get to geeked out with .1 seconds or anything like that. The punch starts up, and goes through the foot, hip, trunk, shoulder, arm.

Just start the punch from the ground up and relax. Don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis when throwing it.

That’s what shadow boxing in front of a mirror is for, you can monitor your technique.Chunk the technique down. You can groove good technique of the right hand so you don’t have to over think, or think really much about it at all.

When working the heavy bag, or punch mitts, you will know you’re not throwing it right because the power just won’t be there. It also just won’t feel right. That’s why groove it in shadow boxing, until it’s right.

Take your time with it bro. You will get it down.

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Oct 2 2007

The Power Of Working Off An Effective Jab.

One of the best middleweight fights in some time took place last weekend between Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor.

Kelly surprised many in stopping the champion Taylor. Kelly did it by first coming off the canvas earlier in the fight. That alone was amazing.

After such a hard round, what got Kelly back in the fight?

The jab… That jab of his continuously bothered Taylor. It bothered him so much that it became his main focus in the end.

What do you think happened to Taylor do to that? He got hurt badly and dropped by a right hand and uppercut that’s what.

After the early knock down Kelly stayed poised and stayed with what was working well for him.That long jab of his. He could back Taylor up with that jab and then unload those heavy hands of his.

I give Kelly lots of props… He got dropped hard, but stayed with what was working well for him. He would land heavy punches behind that jab.

Young fighters must study this and learn how the jab can set up the to be power punches that follow it.

That was the key in Kelly’s win last weekend. The KO was the reward for his work…