Ducking/dodging/weaving/head movements as a strategy

Boxing isn’t just about throwing punches, and even more so, not about seeing how strong you are in catching blows to your face (I would prefer to not be hit in the face at all!). Here comes the art of ducking/dodging/weaving/head movements, which is an excellent strategy, and certainly needs to be incorporated into your workouts.

It is easy to assume that ducking has all to do with how fast you roll your head on your neck and shoulders, but this is only fractionally true. Ducking majorly demands quick movements from these parts of your body:

  1. Your neck (the most obvious)
  2. Your back
  3. Your knees

Know how the mechanics work

Keep your eyes looking when you duck. While ducking is a defence, your moves can be anticipated quite easily, so look out for where your opponent might have figured out where your head, or ribs will be at next. At all times, your back needs to keep straight and firm, while your neck and knees are to be agile. Do not use your waist to duck as this greatly restricts movement, and makes you very predictable (I mean, where else can you be if your legs aren’t moving?). Instead, this is where your dropped knees come in very useful. Dropped knees do not only serve as a safer and faster avoidance of head shots as you duck, but it builds potential energy to spring back with added force to your counter-blows. Put your footwork drills into good action to be efficient by moving where you want to, and launch a counterattack if/when the opportunity shows.

An example, and recommended reading

Here is a fun video of head movements taken to the streets. You can see the effectiveness of ducking when done right (but remember to send a punch up the chin if it is wide open):

Recommended reading: Ducking Punches – A Simple Boxing Defense! by FRAN.

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