Movement & Coordination in Boxing (diary)



Tonight my client completed the second hour of his 10 hour course on Basic Western Boxing for Martial Arts Cross Training. Topics included training automatic responses and coordinating footwork with upper-body mobility.


We warmed up with basic footwork drills. We moved through simple lower body movements and moving off on angles and then layered in the jab/cross. This was done as a line-work exercise and then as a technique placement exercise before being performed as a one-for-one partner drill. Here I introduced boxing parrying, taking advantage of the gloves. I also discussed reacting to openings and targeting.


The second half of the lesson was devoted to learning to slip inside and outside. We confirmed that the slip should be seen as being far more than a negative or defensive technique. As the name indicates, the slip moves past an incoming attack to take advantage of an opening in an opponent’s guard. However, slipping need not just be reactive. A fighter can slip entirely on his own volition, giving an opponent a moving target and also moving out of his direct eye line in order to spot an opening in his defence.


Recommended Home Training:


Separate one minute rounds on specific areas of movement – one minute jabbing, one minute footwork, one minute head movement etc. Technical training is about getting repetitions in but not at the cost of form. I advise performing a certain pattern of


Using media for reaction training – watch a boxing match, pick an opponent and snap your fingers every time you see an opening. Next level: throw a punch to a target every time you see an opening. Next level: move every time your opponent throws a technique. Next level: build up to shadow boxing against your opponent using footwork, upper body movement, parries and punching.