Boxing Footwork: Essential DO’s and DON’Ts!

Let’s talk about footwork. This is the first of a second part series, second part is going to be more drills, today’s talking about the fundamentals; Why it’s important, balance, stepping, and pivoting, creating angles, alright.


So if you think you know everything there is to know about footwork, watch the video anyway, you might learn something. Alright. So, things that make bad footwork are: being on your heels because if you get hit, you’re going to get knocked off balance. Right. Instead you want to be on your toes, you want to step in and land on your toes, you want to push off with your toes Not too exaggerated, your heels still touch the ground, but the pressure’s in the balls of your feet.

What else makes bad footwork? Too narrow of a stance. Alright. Way too narrow there. Or way too wide, alright.

Way too wide here. Alright, sometimes you’ll see Mayweather with a wide stance but not that wide, that’s way too much. Now you’re trying to balance on railroad tracks. Right.

You get hit or it’s going to take too much energy to move around, so that’s no good, either. Alright, so you want to have that nice stance that’s about what–foot and a half, 2 feet there? That’s a good stance, alright. So you can push off on the balls of your feet so that you’re balanced. You’re going to hear that “B” word a lot today. Balanced.

Alright. And another bad thing, here, that I’m demonstrating is people who drag their feet. Alright. Slide in, slide their feet.

Old boxing coach used to say, “Blind man will beat you up! ‘Cause he can hear you sliding all over the place,” That’s wasted energy, guys, that’s wasted time. Pick those damn feet up, get them where they need to be.

Really focus, next time you’re shadow boxing, pick your feet up and get it where it needs to go, you’ll notice you move a lot quicker. Alright, just focus on your feet and toes getting to where they need to go. Alright, that was a jab cross. We’re going to talk about stepping, how important stepping is. You can get on the inside, so you can land your punches. Threw a nice jab cross right there.

That looks like a good jab cross, let’s watch it again. Oh, yeah, good jab cross. Alright, well let’s say, let’s say Shane You’re fighting, uhh Fred the Green Man over here. Right, I don’t know why his name’s Fred, just seems like that would be his name. Alright, he’s standing here, he’s got a nice stance, let’s jab cross again against Fred here, Shane.

Ready. Ah, you missed. It could have been perfect. It was perfect, the form’s beautiful, Shane, but you missed him, you blew it, you blew your chance. Why, because he’s too far away.

How do you get in? Footwork. Alright, so this is what I”m going to do.

I’m going to step in. Step in on the jab cross, boom. I punched him right in the throat. Fred the Green Man is now dead. Because I punched him right in the trachea. Alright, so let’s break that down.

I’ve talked about it and it makes sense to some people, I’m going to try to describe it in a different way. Before, I’ve said imagine you have a string around your wrist to the same side foot like you’re on puppet strings, and the same deal over here so that when you throw a jab cross, you step in when you’re at full extension of the jab. Let’s watch it again. Watch, I step in with the jab and my left foot hits the ground when my jab lands.

Boom. And now my right hand will be fully extended when my right foot hits the ground. Watch. Boom. Ok. That’s a good way of drilling that.

Just practicing stepping in, jab cross. Another way of looking at it, And rewind it again. Is a way the Freddy Roach teaches it, You’re at this You’re at this…what, a foot and a half, we’ll say. Let’s even it out, let’s say it’s 2 feet. My feet are 2 feet apart.

Ok, let’s say I step in with the jab about I don’t know, what, it’s starting right here, it ended here, that’s about a foot, ok. Let’s say it’s about a foot ’cause it kind of went out on an angle, so it looks a little different. Uh, ok. So I moved out a foot and the rear foot started here, the rear foot has to move a foot in order to get back to the original position we were in, it’s got to move a foot, ok. So it moved about the same distance.

Here to here is here to here. So if you move 3 feet with the left foot, you got to move 3 feet with the right foot. If you move out to the right with the right foot–I’m sorry, not 3 feet, 3 inches. You guys get the idea, let’s move forward. Spending too much time on this. We got to move forward.

Got to get a little more advanced. Alright, so some mistakes I see are people leaning in on the cross, stepping in only on the jab or leaning in with both punches. Don’t lean in, guys. If you got to get in there, you step in. Alright, step in, bop bop with the jab cross.

Alright, that’s if you’re advancing, say you’re going against someone who’s moving back a lot or you got to get in on the inside, boom. This is perfect for that. Alright, so creating angles. I hear that all the time.

People say it all the time, what exactly does that mean? Creating angles. Here, if you’re fighting someone head-on you’re probably not even going to get this much of an angle. This is actually pretty decent ’cause you got this space right in here.

But it is easy for me to block, I got a good guard, my hands are right there, easily I could just pull my hands over this way I could pull my hand over to this way and parry or helmet guard or something like that. But if we can get on an angle and we can move out this way, imagine if you could move so fast you could pause me and then, boom, you’re right here and you’ve got all of this open to hit. To be available for you, that would be awesome, but how do we get over there? We’re going to talk about that and for the other side, same deal.

If you get over here, you got all this available to you. Right here, right. Let’s talk about how we can get over there, without punches first. Alright.

I would step with the left foot on a 45* angle this way, and then I pivot. so I can get to a 90* and now I’m facing this way. Where, where you would be standing. Ok, now I can throw whatever. Whatever it may be, alright. And to the other side, if I want to get to your left, then I’m going to go step, ok and pivot.

Opposite way, alright. Boom, and then throw a T, why not, right? I get kicked out of the boxing match ’cause I’m throwing kicks now. Alright. So. I have no idea why I threw that but I get goofier and goofier as the video goes on.

Alright, so Let’s set it up now I’m going to give you an exact combo that you can do to get over there. Let’s say you’re throwing so-and-so an overhand right, everyone loves those overhand rights coming here, or haymaker, or right hook, or whatever it is. You’re going to roll out of the way, of that punch, watch as I do that.

Roll out of the way and go underneath of the punch as you throw a right hand, but you’re going to step watch what my left leg does, it’s going to step like this, ready? Boom. And look at this right hand, you’re open for this, right? Boom! Hard right hand.

You couldn’t even see it it moved so quick. Let’s watch it again, might have to watch it in slow motion. Did it pick up enough frames?

I don’t know, we’ll have to find out, ready? Boom! Right.

You’re over here now. And then you go for the pivot, you could go for a left hook right there, you could throw your jab, whatever it may be. And boom. And maybe even–oh, what?!

a knee? You’re getting kicked out again? Good, you didn’t break enough rules.

Alright, now let’s go to the other side, see another combo that you can do. Slip the jab, let’s say there’s a jab right you slip right past it they were aiming for your head, and boom you get caught with a jab on the same time that you do with a slip jab. Love that move. Little exaggerated here, you don’t necessarily have to go that low.

Now I do exactly what I did before. Watch my left foot. I’m going to step across this way Boom, ok, now I’m going to pivot and 90* to your left now. And then I can throw whatever I want. Alright.

And then I was thinking about this before we filmed the video, and I was like, Oh, you know what would be awesome in Muay Thai? What if you did the slip jab right, someone threw the jab and instead of doing that whole step through and pivoting, what if you just went–I’m going to do this, this is going to be beautiful, you guys are going to love this so much. Ready?

You went step BOOM That’s the ko right there. What does K-O spell? Ko. Beautiful. Alright, guys, make sure you subscribe because next week we’re going to be doing exact drills. Actual drills that you can do to build up agility, footwork, leg strength, move quicker, be more evasive, all that good stuff Subscribe, hit the subscribe button, I can’t even say it, hit it, hit it!