This 90 Second Boxing Tip is about getting you set in the right way in terms of your boxing stance. If you don’t get the boxing stance right then you can forget about becoming even remotely capable of effective punching and movement. At the end of this article is a link to a more in-depth description of the boxing stance.
There are two types of boxing stance; orthodox and southpaw. An orthodox boxer is someone who is naturally right-handed and holds the left hand and left leg in front, closer to the opponent.
Conversely, a southpaw boxer is someone who is naturally left-handed and leads with the right hand and right leg. If you are a beginner, don’t get caught up in the notion that it feels more comfortable as a right-hander using the southpaw boxing stance. As a rule of thumb, if you’re right-handed you are orthodox, if you’re left-handed you’re southpaw.
The 7 steps are explained in the video, here is an expansion on the faults that I regularly see in the gym:
- Turning the shoulders ‘square on’, thereby offering the opponent a much greater target to hit.
- Losing the imaginary line from the toe on the front foot to the heel on the back foot, thereby messing up your balance.
- Going flat-footed, thereby messing up your ability to be mobile.
- Allowing your chin to raise above the height of the raised hands, thereby increasing the chances of being smacked in the mouth.
- Allowing your body weight to transfer onto your front leg, thereby being “front-heavy” and vulnerable to attack.
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