Movement in boxing is inclusive of many different actions. Head movement, footwork, slipping, dodging, ducking, bobbing, weaving and others, all fall within the category of movement. Why is movement important in boxing? It prevents you from getting HIT.
For November’s SBX EDU we’re focusing specifically on the action of getting “on your toes” or being in your “boxer’s bounce”. After you’ve found your boxing stance, with your dominate foot back, find a light bounce and exchange of weight between your lead and back foot. Hands are up, gaze is straight ahead. Find your boxer’s bounce!
Here are 5 things to keep mind when incorporating movement in class:
- When you’re boxing on a heavy bag, incorporate movement that’s situational as opposed to being in stillness when you’re not hitting the bag.
- The movement that happens off the bag is equally as important as the punches you throw.
- As a rule of thumb, you should never find yourself flat footed.
- During rounds on the heavy bag, if you’re not throwing punches you can always come back to your boxer’s bounce.
- Remember to stay moving, and if you’re in the zone of being hit (within your jab’s distance from the bag) you should be incorporating movement or throwing punches.