Beginner / Novice Levels
Footwork is used to avoid punches and create the correct distance for offloading your punches onto your opponent.
Good Boxing Footwork is a key skill and should be used to get within range of your opponent as well as helping you to avoid punches from your opponent. Start with these basics:
1. Position your feet within the correct range to maximise punch impact
2. Using footwork to create counters such as stepping to an angle to avoid punches while offloading punches on your opponent
Boxing Stance is a very important part of any Boxer's set up, here are some key things to keep in mind:
1. Feet should be spread slightly more than shoulder width apart
2. Right-handed fighter (orthodox fighter) should lead with the left foot
3. Left-handed fighter (southpaw) should lead with the right foot
4. Knees should be slightly bent
5. Both feet should be parallel
6. Lean slightly more weight on your front foot, with your body leaning forward
Guard / Defence
Your Boxing Guard will help to define you as a fighter - try some of these top tips:
Boxing Defence is the art of Blocking or Defending against punches coming from your opponent. Things to bear in mind include:
Knowing how to throw the correct punches and throwing them from the best position to create maximum impact is key.
The jab is a key boxing punch and generally gets used much more than any other punches. The jab is used to set up punches, score points, hurt an opponent and keep an opponent away. It has the longest reach and can be used with and without a combination of punches.
Lead Jab (Left hand for a right-handed fighter, right hand for a left-handed fighter)
This includes the different variety of punches that can be thrown with the lead hand and the backhand including.
Lead sweep hook
Lead pick hook
Sweep lead uppercut
Corkscrew ( Only apples to the lead hand )
Drive through backhand
End pick hook
Sweep end hook
Drive through end uppercut
Sweep end uppercut
Sweep end uppercut
Overhand (Only applies to the backhand)