Learn How to Box – Body Movement

Good body movement adds a certain something to a boxer’s style. When done right it makes the boxer look like the consummate professional. It’s also a brilliantly diverse type of skill, which we’ll cover in a moment, so if you want to learn how to box then understanding how to execute the perfect body movement skills are vital.

So, what is body movement?

Body movement can be defined as movement of the legs and upper body whilst the feet remain static.

Most people will have heard the phrases “ducking punches”, or “rolling with the punches” or “slipping punches”. Well, rather unsurprisingly these all describe the types of body movement used by a boxer.

There are 3 main reasons why we undertake body movement:

  1. Firstly, body movement as a defensive measure allows incoming shots to miss. A boxer will use rolls, ducks and slips without seeing the punches coming, that is, body movement in a defensive setting is proactive (not reactive as with blocking or parrying punches). This is reason enough to employ body movement, but there are other reasons too.
  2. The second reason is as a diversionary tactic, that is as a ‘feint’. Feinting is a process by which a boxer deceives the opponent into acting in a particular way. I’ll not cover it here, but click on this feinting in boxing link if you want more information on how to feint properly.
  3. The third reason that a boxer uses body movement is to generate leverage for their shots, particularly hook shots.

So, body movement should be high on your ‘learn how to box’ check list.

Below are links to 4 video articles on the site that will open up your world on effective body movement in a boxing ring:

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Simeon Cobb May 31, 2016 at 10:24 am

Nice going but could you have a partner it will be more comfortable judging as it its an opponent


Fran June 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Yes I will do some stuff alongside a colleague, thanks Simeon


Saharan August 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Very good game everyone should know this


Fran August 28, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Very true


Cal April 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Hey Fran,
I always have trouble getting that characteristic ‘bounce’ of the boxer. I can get it while my trainer is watching, but now that I’m away at college, it’s getting harder and harder to find it. I’ve been looking through your videos hoping to find one, and I’m not sure if I’m just looking in wrong spots or not, but do you have any advice on how to train that particular aspect of boxing?


Fran April 29, 2012 at 11:49 am


Don’t think of it as a ‘bounce’, think of it as a controlled push out/push in. Sign up to the newsletter and you get a video covering the different types of moving in and out and how to drill these.


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