An Introduction to Feinting in Boxing
Something a bit different in this post. If you have been a regular visitor to this site, you will know that each of the skill articles posted has a structured format consisting of 3 broad areas:
- About the skill
- Mechanics of the skill
- Common faults with the skill.
This article is going to follow a slightly different path, but I hope that it will be no less helpful and informative. The video presented is a free-form presentation regarding the different types of feint that are used in boxing. This is the type of chat that I would have with a boxer prior to setting drills and practice routines, but that's not to say that we don't follow a structure.
I couldn't possible cover all of the intricacies of feinting in one video article, but I can start us on the road. It's a big area of learning that covers many varied methods so I'll need to expand as we move forward.
In this video, I cover 3 main types of feint:
- Feinting with a punch
- Feinting with a body movement
- Feinting with a foot attack.
If as a boxer you do not incorporate all the boxing techniques of feinting within your style, then your ability to unlock the defences of even moderately clever boxing opponents will be extremely limited. Understand the concepts described in the video, and I will be expanding on these offerings in the coming months (especially within the boxing combination range of articles.)
Watch the video, then leave a comment with your thoughts, especially as this is a new type of offering. If you think there's something we can build on with this format of video, let me know!
Why not check out the Roberto Duran Boxing Style Analysis article for some great feinting. Check out also slipping punches, ducking and the bob and weave to understand why these are effective methods of feinting as well as defensive boxing techniques.