One of the most ignored footwork is pivoting. But why is pivoting so important? Some physics and logic here – you need to cover as much ground as possible in the quickest possible time and with the least effort. Yet, moving your entire body out of the way, or into a desired position takes too much time and energy in a fight. If you could just merely turn to reposition yourself, wouldn’t that be great? Of course it will be, so here comes pivoting.
Pivoting is for you be able to turn your body and make available fresh new angles for both the defensive and offensive as quickly as possible. While this makes so much sense to master it, it is a technique that many failed to pay attention to improve on. If you would perfect pivoting, this puts you on a massive edge even against larger and stronger opponents because you will get into the angles you want so much more quickly.
How to work it
Pivoting involves a lot of movement on the ball of the heels. Depending on whether you are pivoting right or left, the ball of your heel helps be the point of pivot (duh) while you move your body to the desired direction. It sounds so much of a no-brainer that it really is a no-brainer. I’ll instead let this video show you how it is done. Later, go ahead and practice these moves daily.
Conditioning for better pivoting
Better pivoting is basically better footwork. Skipping (or jumping rope) always takes the cake to build the necessary leg muscles. Because you pay attention to your feet in order to not get hit by the rope, it builds a natural awareness. Very crucial in efficient pivoting.
Remember to relax your body during a pivot. Do not loosen the body though as sometimes you find yourself suddenly open to an attack and need to immediately block, or you may suddenly find a very small opportunity for a quick blow (usually to the opponent’s side). Be massively alert in your movement, and look out for that spot that opens up to you.
Another relevant technique to learn is the stance switch, which I may cover in another post.