‘Make sure your boxing stance is right for you!’
The boxing stance is a really important to get right when you’re learning to box. It is your foundation or base if you like, from where you will be throwing all of your punches and defending from incoming attacks. If your base is strong, you will be able to hit harder and be able to take a punch better.
There are 2 main types of stance, and they are generally dependant on whether you are right-handed or left-handed – The right hander will normally use an Orthodox stance, this means having the right hand and foot at the back of the stance and the left-handed person will normally use the opposite, the Southpaw stance which will have the left hand and foot at the back.
This is all due to power, in boxing the stronger hand is kept at the back and used as the hard hitting shot. For instance from an orthodox stance, a jab would be thrown with the left and the power shot (the right hand) would be thrown by pushing up from the floor, twisting your hips and powering the punch forward.
Choosing your stance isn’t always as clean cut as you might imagine, although it makes sense to keep your strong hand at the back, many fighters don’t stick to this rule. Some right-handed fighters will fight in just a Southpaw stance and vice versa. This is because of several reasons.
• If you use your naturally strong side as your lead hand, your jabs will be faster, sharper, co-ordinated and more powerful.
• Certain gyms promote training in the Southpaw stance (no matter which hand is stronger) because Southpaws can be trickier opponents for Orthodox boxers to deal with in the ring.
• Some very talented boxers can fight from both sides and will switch their boxing stance periodically throughout a fight to confuse their opponent and create more openings.
Ultimately, I don’t believe there is an absolute perfect way to stand in the boxing stance, I think due to the different make up of people’s physical attributes all I can do as a trainer is get the student to feel as comfortable as possible in their particular stance. I find the football kick analogy (as shown in the video) is a great way to do this as it doesn’t stick to any hard and fast rules – be able to kick a football, stand shoulder or a little over shoulder width apart and keep to 50/50 body weight ratio (so you can come forward or retreat quickly) bend the legs slightly and you are done.
That being said – too wide a stance can hinder manoeuvrability and make you slow on your feet. like-wise if your feet are too close together, this can make you fall over your feet when moving and the power of your punches and balance when being hit can be compromised.
The best thing to do is follow the video and practise. Move forwards and backwards in your boxing stance, keep your weight central and throw some punches and see what feels comfortable to you – good luck.