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Master Footwork & Improve Your Fighting Skills Overnight!

52 Blocks Footwork
Coach Lyte Burly covers footwork drills that will turbo-charge your feet and put "wheels" under all the blocks and strikes that you've learned so far. You've seen Lyte's footwork in countless YouTube sparring and training clips, now gain these skills for yourself!
(55 Minutes, Just $20)

 

52 Blocks Advanced Footwork
Coach Lyte Burly covers advanced two-man footwork drills with special guest Dink the Professor from the UK. Bonus footage of Blocks 11-20 done with the focus mitts is covered as well!
(48 Minutes, Just $20)

 


Footwork: The Master's Key
Copyright Pete Kautz 2019
 

Footwork is not perhaps the most glorious part of the art of Boxing when viewed through the eyes of the novice. It is often relegated as a chore to be gotten done before the "real" boxing training begins.

You see the look on many a young fighter's face saying, "WTF man, let's get to some real boxing and skip this dancing, I wanna' hit something!"

But nothing could be further from the truth! Without footwork the boxer will be at the mercy of an opponent who can control the distance and angles of engagement in the conflict.

This does not mean one has to prance around up on their toes or do the flashy shuffle like Ali; none of that is necessary for boxing. Instead you must internalize the all basics of stepping, pivoting, circling, and so on. Also you must know how to use your hands with your feet so the whole body is unified behind your strikes.


Lyte Burly Demonstrates Footwork

It is important that you master motion in all directions. While forward motion is usually easy, many boxers have trouble when having to go backwards or to one side or the other. Look for these little things in others and learn to exploit them.

For example, if you end up fighting a "NASCAR Boxer" (someone who can only turn to the left) you should be able to control them with footwork alone and put them in the corner or against the ropes anytime you wish because you can force them to have to more to their right side which is an awkward action for them and they won't want to do it.

Things such as improper foot spacing, too high a stance, and crossing the feet are all common beginner footwork mistakes that are easily corrected. One piece of training gear I like to use for this is the "Fast Feet". This is simply a piece of surgical tubing with an ankle cuff on either end and is available from any boxing supply house like Ringside or Title. Do not get one of the ones sold with multiple tubes as they are most unsuitable to boxing (too much resistance).


Lyte Burly Using The Fast Feet While Low Walking

You wear the Fast Feet just above the ankles and set the tube to be the length of your fighting stance. You want to feel very light but firm resistance between your ankles when you are on guard. Then, as you step either foot in any direction you'll feel the pull of the tube and know how to reset your other foot with the good spacing. Conversely, if the tube is slack you know that your feet are too close.

Please note that the Fast Feet device is NOT for developing the muscles of the legs even though it is often advertised as such. For boxing you're explicitly not trying to get a resistance workout from the band; instead it's meant as a form of tactile feedback to help with your stepping and foot placement. If you're feeling a lot of resistance it means that your foot placement and stance are too wide or that your steps are too big or that you didn't set the band long enough to begin with; in any case you're doing it wrong.

Footwork is also a great conditioning and aerobic workout. While many boxers spend round after round skipping rope, for the most part I have my guys replace that with rounds of footwork.  You don't need to jump up and down in a boxing match, you need to control your position in the ring, and that's what mastering the basics of footwork will allow you to do.

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

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