// Dynamic boxing: Footwork combo
by Bruce Townhill
This is a great combination to keep your client on their toes and prevent them setting their feet too wide and then getting too powerful into the latter part of a 3-minute round.
QUE + LEFT JAB + RIGHT CROSS + LEFT JAB + QUE + PADHOLDER 90 DEGREE TURN
1. THE QUE
This is the standby position for both puncher and padholder. The puncher cannot punch on until given the que to do so from the padholder.
2. THE LEFT JAB
The puncher should take a small step with their lead foot just prior to the Jab to add crispness to the impact.
3. THE RIGHT CROSS
The right cross is thrown as soon as the padholder presents the second pad.
4. THE LEFT JAB (as per step 2)
The last left of this combination should be the heaviest of the three punches.
SAFETY NOTE: This part of the combination is shown with three distinct separate steps for beginners; once the punches are performed properly and accurately then move to both pads being held up at once for a rapid left plus right plus left combination. If the puncher loses form, balance or accuracy then go back to just showing one pad at a time until they improve.
5. THE QUE (as per step 1)
This shuts the action down and is vital for the padholder to do so prior to turning 90 degrees to the boxer.
6. THE PADHOLDER TURNS 90 DEGREES
The padholder has now pivoted 90 degrees to the padholder forcing the waiting boxer to step and shuffle around to become face-on again with the padholder. This footwork is mentally and physically challenging for the boxer and effortless for the padholder.
7. REPEAT STEPS 1 TO 4
Once the puncher has ceased moving and demonstrates good balance, the pads can be presented for another explosive left plus right plus left combination. Keep moving in the same direction the entire round and then change direction for the next round to promote good footwork in both directions.
Padholder tips : This sequence is photographed for orthodox boxers; the combos will need to be mirrored for a southpaw. Wear pads that fit your hands; if they are too loose then wear quick wraps or handwraps underneath. Keep your elbows in, stand tall with chin down, never thump down on the punches with the pads – this is grossly negligent. For everyone’s safety and comfort, focus on the technique prior to going into speed and fitness.
Seek accredited specialist boxing accreditation prior to teaching clients to remain insured for this specialist activity – visit www.punchfit.com.au
The founder and CEO of Punch Equipment International, Bruce is a Thai-certified Master Khru trainer of over 22,000 students and 200 ringfighters, including 38 state, national, and world title holders. He is the founder of the Blackbelt Pro boxing and authentic muay thai gym in Sydney and the Punchfit nationally accredited boxing and kickboxing courses. He is also producer and presenter of the Punchfit Padwork boxing and kickboxing personal trainer DVD collection. For more information visit www.punchfit.com.au
NETWORK • WINTER 2008 • PP60-61