Lateral Movement With Punching

Lateral Movement With Punching

by Fran on April 25, 2017


Simplicity of movement, total control and precision of execution.

These are 3 principles that will guide you in developing a boxing style that will never let you down.

This boxing video drill embodies these 3 principles.  Work this drill for a few days and you will see big improvements.

The successful  mechanics of boxing is really about coordinating your lower body with your upper body.  It’s about combining boxing footwork with punching and body movement.

This simple boxing drill will help you develop the skill of sideways movement combined with punching.

I explain all in the video.

The essence here is using small movements executed under control.

Complete a 3 minute drill:

  1. Minute 1 – Side steps (although it’s not a step…it’s a push
  2. Minute 2 – Side steps with the jab
  3. Minute 3 – Side steps with the jab and back hand.

Remember, be precise and be controlled.  Slow things down.

I’ve heard a saying from the Special Forces World – Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

Have this saying in your mind when working this drill.  This will translate into full speed execution during shadow boxing, bag work and so on.

I’m here to answer your questions.



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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Jaime January 15, 2018 at 10:21 pm

It’s a great drill. Good video and good explanation. I’ll incorporate it to my regular training for sure.



Fran January 19, 2018 at 9:38 pm

Glad it helps Jaime…thanks for the comment pal


chris playfair April 30, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Fran,
Great technique


Fran May 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Chris. It’s very effective stuff


Tomboy April 26, 2017 at 5:19 am

Great video Fran, very informative, thanks for that. One question please, when moving laterally can you ‘spring’ sideways with both feet moving simultaneously rather than side stepping with one foot following the other? That would be an even quicker movement, wouldn’t it?


Dave April 26, 2017 at 11:01 am

Taking both feet off the ground is never a great idea. The main reason is that if you take a shot whilst both your feet are off the ground, you will most likely be knocked down. I myself do sometimes allow both my feet to leave the ground for a fraction of a second, as do other fighters. But a boxing coach is unlikely to teach it or advise it. I’m a Thai boxer so the sports are slightly different, but most of the footwork patterns are similar or the same.


Tomboy April 26, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Thanks Dave, that makes sense. It might be a little bit slower to always keep at least one foot on the ground but ultimately safer. It’s also very difficult to throw a punch when both feet are off the ground!


Fran April 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Exactly that 🙂


Fran April 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Good reply Dave, hopefully that’s helped


Fran April 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Thanks. What you describe would constitute a ‘jump’ – both feet leaving the ground together…not good. On this occasion the mechanics of the push are what nails it.

Cheers for the question


Tomboy April 30, 2017 at 8:30 am

Thanks Fran. Although what about the Angled Side Step which you have a video about? Or when you push forward with the jab before throwing the backhand. Both feet leave the ground together in these instances?


Fran May 3, 2017 at 8:31 pm

It’s a principle really that you should try to stick to. In the case of the stance switch for example both feet lift but you go for speed of execution so as the risk is minimised. Risk vs benefit.


Tomboy May 4, 2017 at 6:50 am

Thanks Fran. Yes, I understand. Also I see that both your feet leave the ground in the ‘Stinger’ move in one of your movement drills so I guess that’s the same principle.

pug April 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

Excellent video Fran. Great analogy. ….’smooth is fast’. It is the perfection of fundamentals like this that makes Lomachenko such an artist.


Fran April 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

Thanks, and you are spot on. The Eastern Europeans (with VL at the pinnacle) all drill this type of stuff to destruction.


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