Boxing Footwork Diagonal Movement to the Left
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 footwork in boxing incorporates diagonal movment. If a boxer moves in straight lines, then that boxer is much easier to target by an opponent of even a moderate skill level. An opponent can take an educated guess as to where you will be and will fire fast, hard counter punches after every attack you make. Getting hit with shots in this way is unsustainable and unenjoyable! So what can we do? Easy, combine diagonal boxing footwork movement with slips, rolls and shots and your ability to hit and not be hit is greatly increased!
Take a look at the video, read on about the mechanics and then as always, leave your comments! Can you think of ways in which to combine the other skills mentioned with this one?
The Mechanics of Diagonal Left Movement
As with all moves, stay relaxed! Don't tense-up.
Boxing Footwork - Moving Diagonally Left (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 left. After the push from the back foot, the front foot glides.
- As mentioned in the video, if we imagine a compass on the ground with north being straight ahead, we are aiming to move north-west.
- 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 left of this incoming shot.
Boxing Footwork - Moving Diagonally Left (Backward)
As explained in the video, it's quite awkward as an orthodox boxer to move diagonally backwards and left (to the south-west to extend the compass analogy.) In order to overcome this difficulty, be practical and move just behind left (west)...simplicity wins out! This being said, this is still quite an intricate skill to master.
- 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 left.
- The front foot provides a very slight 'brake' (to enable the backwards momentum) and then lifts and glides.
Common Faults When Moving Diagonally Left
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 backwards, I'd be really interested to hear your experiences.