Footwork Drill – Tag Boxing
Following on from the article in which I explained range finding in boxing, I’ve had some recent interest in understanding range and asking whether there are any techniques to improve the way in which we get in and out of range safely and effectively. Well, as I’m always looking to keep the followers of this site fulfilled, I’ve got a footwork drill here that I’m sure you’ll find useful!
If you get the chance to work with a partner, have 3 rounds of tag boxing in the gym. No gloves. The aim is to tap your opponent’s thigh or shoulder with an open palm…and not get tapped yourself. We will use 3 skill components here:
Some things to remember when having a go:
- Don’t bend at the waist to hit the thigh, bend the knees.
- Use lots of feints.
- Short, explosive movements with the feet; push off the front foot to move backwards, the back foot to move forwards.
- Aim for very short foot movements, looking to feint, push out (6-8cm) and then straight back in to get your tap in.
- Don’t be tempted to ‘pull’ your leg out of the way of a tap; it’s cheating and it ruins your stance (as well as missing the entire point of the thing!)
- Stay relaxed and learn about the subtle movements involved in hitting whilst not being hit.
Try this footwork drill a few times a week, and your footwork will improve greatly…and you don’t have to take punches whilst learning, that’s gotta be good!