Boxing Moves: Footwork and The Duck

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Previously here at Mint Message, we talked about some of the most basic moves when it comes to boxing in the form of jabs and the cross which are some good offense moves in boxing. However, there are some critical moves that you might need to know for basic boxing that is based around defense instead of offense that we are going to bring up in this story about basic martial art moves in boxing.

A critical boxing move for defensive purposes is the duck. This technique involves lowering the boxer's body by bending the knees and moving the head in a downward motion to avoid punches from the opponent. Ducking is a technique that requires a lot of practice and perfect timing. According to the training experts at Precision Striking, “Ducking is an excellent move that, when performed correctly, enables the boxer to evade punches being thrown their way and come back with a counterpunch”.  

Similar to ducking, you can also use basic footwork to avoid being punched when it comes to boxing. With one version of this technique, you simply step back and step away from an attack from an opponent so you get out of range of their reach. It works well to avoid attacks and is useful against slower, heavier opponents, but it is slow to counter according to Another thing about footwork is that you can use it to quickly side-step to the left or to the right in order to avoid attacks from your opponent. This allows you to stay in range, but still escape when in a bad position.


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