About Diagonal Movement to the Right
Moving in straight lines, forward and backwards and left to right is all well and good, but to really open up new horizons it is vital that boxing footwork in incorporates diagonal movement. Moving diagonally to the right as an orthodox boxer (against another orthodox) creates many more attacking opportunities than moving to the left. This is because the centre line of the opponent's body will still be in broad alignment with both your left and right hands. Diagonal movement to the left is more 'passive' in that in general only your right hand will still be able to strike the opponent's centre line.
Take a look at the video, read on about the mechanics and then as always, leave your comments!
The Mechanics of Diagonal Right Movement
As with all moves, stay relaxed! Don't tense-up. It's important that this article is assessed in conjunction with the article boxing footwork - diagonal movement left.
Moving Diagonally Right (Forward)
- From the boxing stance , the first action is a push from the back foot. The push should be 'sharp', and aimed at providing the drive to thrust the body to the right.
- The front foot provides a very slight 'brake' (to enable the forwards momentum) and then lifts and glides.
- As mentioned in the video, if we imagine a compass on the ground with north being straight ahead, we are aiming to move just ahead of east. It is more practical to do this rather than attempting to move perfectly north east.
- Be economical and aim only for a short movement. If you imagine that a straight shot is travelling toward your head, the diagonal movement should be enough to take you slightly to the right of this incoming shot.
Moving Diagonally Right (Backward)
As explained in the video, moving backwards right in a diagonal line is the easier of the 'two' movements.
- From the boxing stance, the first action is a push from the front foot. The push should be 'sharp', and aimed at providing the drive to thrust the body to the right.
- The back foot lifts and glides, with the power for the 'glide' being provided by the front foot push.
- As with moving diagonally right forward, be economical and precise with your movement.
Common Faults When Moving Diagonally Right
As with any footwork skill, boxers need to avoid i) stepping and dragging and ii) crossing the legs (i.e. losing the imaginary line from the toe on the front foot to the heel on the back foot.)
Boxing footwork is the most important skill set to any boxer, so take time to practice and perfect your mobility. Leave a comment, in particular if you have any difficulty with the diagonal movement forwards to the right, I'd be really interested to hear your experiences. Oh, and by the way, combining diagonal movement with the bob and weave provides some killer opportunities, this is well worth remembering!