Sorry to interrupt, I don’t know much about boxing, but I love to learn about all sorts of training.
I love the Rocky movies, and remember seeing a couple drills in the training scenes. One is ducking under a rope, side to side while stepping forward and punching(for head movement?). Another is hitting the heavy bag, shuffling around with a string around the ankles(to practice precise footwork?) Are these complete B.S.?
The ducking under the rope thing is called a slip line. It is for practising bobbing and weaving. It’s critical that this motion initiates from the knees (not the waist) with the upper body remaining upright in good fighting posture. As such you do not “duck” under the rope so much as dip under it. This should be a small movement that just allows you to clear the line and get back into a striking position ASAP. A deeper dip just wastes time and energy and makes an effective counter far less likely.
The string between the ankles is to keep you from spreading your feet to wide, a common beginner mistake. A wider base can increase power and stability, but sacrifices mobility and is tiring to maintain. The idea is that, throwing, advancing or retreating the relationship between the lead and rear foot remains roughly the same. This allows you to move quickly in any direction without shifting weight or position first. A stretch band is better for this than a string as it will allow a little flex while moving, but will still generally bring your feet back to where they oughta be.
Any of the more senior boxing guys, please feel free to set me straight.[/quote]
I’ve tried to post this like 5 times now but have lost it before posting it, so here is the Cliff Notes version:
Bobbing is a type of slipping where you rotate your shoulders; weaving is a semi-circular ducking movement. Sometimes people will do the two in combination, but they aren’t one in the same. Slip lines are tools for practicing weaving, not bobbing. Even then though I don’t really like them because they prevent proper weight shifting on your counter strikes and teach inefficient movement.
I also don’t like tying the feet together in most cases. I prefer just drilling proper footwork first solo (in all directions and in all combinations of directions), then doing that and punching once you have reached your new position, and finally in combination with offensive and defensive techniques. If someone were having a very hard time with leaving their back foot “in the bucket”/ending their footwork movements with their feet too wide I might consider it, but only as a last resort. That’s just my preference though.
Thanks for clarifying that Sento. Important distinction.
FTR I have never done the feet tied together thing, but I agree that simply drilling proper footwork is probably preferable. However without a coach to monitor how you’re actually moving this seems like it could be problematic. What you think you’re doing and what you’re actually doing are usually two very different things, as you are no doubt well aware.
At my old RMA school a good portion of each class for the first six months was spent punishing people for less desireable footwork (or more accurately punishing the rest of the class for each person’s less desireable footwork while the offender looked on in shame, but I digress).