Rolling and Pivots – Boxing Tips in 90

Rolling and Pivots – Boxing Tips in 90

by Fran on May 23, 2017


This latest in my series of 90 second boxing tips offers a nice simple way of combining two popular boxing skills.

We combine the boxing skills by using, you guessed it, boxing drills.

Those of you who are familiar with my work will know that I am passionate and enthusiastic about boxing drills and how they upgrade and enhance your boxing style.

Boxing drills are all about giving you the ability in a given situation to ‘Let the training take over‘.

Here is the video:

‘The training took over’.

You have heard that saying right?

Soldiers, police officers, firefighters when faced with life and death situations regularly talk of ‘the training taking over’ to allow them to perform some breathtaking feat of skill and bravery.

Well that’s what drills do for you as a boxer.

Regular and disciplined execution of drills empowers the training to take over on your behalf.

Work this drill at every opportunity; a minute here, 20 seconds there.

Work it at a slow pace – slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

You will see and feel benefits real quickly – get to the point where the training takes over.

Any comments or questions below



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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Mitchell May 24, 2017 at 11:27 am

So that’s what some guys have been doing to me while sparring. I’m a relative beginner, and if they’re skilled I find it puzzlingly difficult to hit them close up. (I mean this metaphorically, because I did Contest Karate and I don’t want to actually hit anybody, certainly not young ladies.) But I’m not sure they’ve got the technique entirely, because they aren’t well-placed to hit me either.


Fran May 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm

Sounds like they’re moving a little too far out. Be smart with your feet Frank. A little side step to counter this can often work well and you can ‘tap’ home your shots (no need to load up).


Shrikant Shetty May 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Great video Frank. I have a habit of take small step to the left before pivotting to the left. Is it a no go? I feel it gives me a better angle to attack.


Fran May 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm

That’s fine Shrikant. I covered this in the recent Q&A – have a look:


Tom Mowry May 23, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Right on time. I was wondering what I could combine with the roll. Thanks Fran I will add it in tomorrow.


Fran May 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

Brilliant, nice timing is always nice Tom 🙂


Gerry Matthews May 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm

Nice video. I was just wondering Fran , do you have to wait to finish the roll completely before pivotting? Or when this is done at speed, could the pivot start during the ‘up’ part of the roll? Thank you.


Fran May 24, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Yes, mix it up Gerry. You could even start the pivot at the bottom of the roll. You can join the skills or overlap them as long as you don’t let the common faults creep in.


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