Proper Boxing Stance
Having the proper boxing stance is vital for any boxer. Movement in the ring while maintaining the proper boxing stance is one of the foundations of boxing. To be successful in the ring, you must have a comfortable and proper boxing stance. Take the following considerations into account to obtain a proper boxing stance.
- Find your correct stance. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart. Take a step forward with your left foot if you are right-handed, or your right foot if you are left-handed.
- Balance is important. Once you find the correct placement of your feet, you will need to keep your feet slightly bent. Your stance should neither be too low or too high. A proper boxing stance exhibits good balance. Your boxing stance should be balanced in regards to angle; it should be neither too broad nor too narrow.
- Adjust your hip and back foot slightly. Once you have established the proper balance and placement of your feet, there are slight adjustments to help perfect your boxing stance. Your hips should be slightly turned towards your opponent. Your back foot should be at a 30 degree angle, and the heel of this foot should be off of the ground. This will allow you to move and respond quickly and to rotate the foot to throw punches with your strong hand.
- Work with and perfect your proper boxing stance. While most of this will take some getting used to, find ways to maximize what is comfortable for you, without neglecting aspects of your stance. Also ensure that your lead shoulder is correctly placed (it should be ahead) and that your hands are in the correct position.