Archive for category Footwork
Below is the promo video for the boxing footwork instructional video that I just produced, part of the goal of this video is to establish footwork basics for new boxers, but it is also geared towards offensive and defensive maneuvers for the intermediate to advanced fighter. It will be available for purchase via download or DVD on this blog in the coming week for $19.95.
You need to listen to this old school fighter and coach. I’ve preached this stuff to fighters until I was blue in the face. No more needs to be said, just watch this whole video and listen close. Thank me by taking heed of his advice and training your ass off.
In amateur boxing, MMA, and Thai Boxing, footwork is an often overlooked aspect of a complete fighter’s arsenal. When viewing two fighters, it becomes apparent rather quickly who has superior footwork, and how that will affect the outcome of a fight. In simple terms, solid footwork will take you where you want to go, and take you away from where you don’t want to be quickly and effecitvely. This allows you to set up your strikes and counters, it allows you to re-attack quickly, it allows you to adjust small distances and create angles, and it saves you from having to stand and trade with an inferior opponent. All of these are top notch reasons to take your footwork very seriously!
The first way to improve your footwork is to focus solely on footwork drills and practice during training. It’s not uncommon for a good fighter to spend 15-20 minutes a workout focused on footwork.
Second, incorporate active footwork into all aspects of your training such as bag work and sparring. Spend rounds moving a bit more than usual. Switch up from an offensive mindset, to a counter-punching mindset, to a defensive mindset and watch how your footwork changes.
Third, watch pros in your sport during their fights, most notably boxing. Watch Roy Jones, Mayweather, Ali, Tyson (for inside footwork). Study Anderson Silva and GSP. Notice what they do, and incorporate it into your training.
Fourth, Learn from a variety of disciplines such as Muay Thai, wrestling, fencing, and other martial arts. The top MMA fighters of today such as A. Silva and GSP, have primarily adopted a boxing style of footwork with components of Muay Thai and Wrestling for various transitions.
Fifth, train plyometric and agility drills consistently to improve your capacity to sustain a high pace.
Check out my Footwork video on my Youtube page – www.youtube.com/user/tripleVVV3