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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Combat Footwork

In amateur boxing, MMA, and Thai Boxing, footwork is an often overlooked aspect of a complete fighter's arsenal.  When viewing two fighters, it becomes apparent rather quickly who has superior footwork, and how that will affect the outcome of a fight.  In simple terms, solid footwork will take you where you want to go, and take you away from where you don't want to be quickly and effecitvely.  This allows you to set up your strikes and counters, it allows you to re-attack quickly, it allows you to adjust small distances and create angles, and it saves you from having to stand and trade with an inferior opponent.  All of these are top notch reasons to take your footwork very seriously!

The first way to improve your footwork is to focus solely on footwork drills and practice during training.  It's not uncommon for a good fighter to spend 15-20 minutes a workout focused on footwork.

Second, incorporate active footwork into all aspects of your training such as bag work and sparring.  Spend rounds moving a bit more than usual.  Switch up from an offensive mindset, to a counter-punching mindset, to a defensive mindset and watch how your footwork changes.

Third, watch pros in your sport during their fights, most notably boxing.  Watch Roy Jones, Mayweather, Ali, Tyson (for inside footwork).  Study Anderson Silva and GSP. Notice what they do, and incorporate it into your training. 

Fourth, Learn from a variety of disciplines such as Muay Thai, wrestling, fencing, and other martial arts.  The top MMA fighters of today such as A. Silva and GSP, have primarily adopted a boxing style of footwork with components of Muay Thai and Wrestling for various transitions.

Fifth, train plyometric and agility drills consistently to improve your capacity to sustain a high pace.

Check out my Footwork video on my Youtube page - www.youtube.com/user/tripleVVV3

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