Boxing Technique: Side Steps

sb-side-steps-logo-150px-jpg Side-stepping is a defense counter movement. It is best used against straight punches. Side-stepping helps to move away from the line of attack and make the opponent off-balanced. A fighter, making a side-step, stays in actions and is ready to counter, while his opponent falls through and gets exposed for a counter attack.

 

 

 

 

Content:

Introduction
1. side step to the left: full movement
2. side step to the left: short movement
3. side step to the right: full movement
4. side step to the right: short movement
5. jumping side step
References

Introduction

Side-stepping is a defense counter movement. It is best used against straight punches. Side-stepping helps to move away from the line of attack and make the opponent off-balanced. A fighter, making a side-step, stays in actions and is ready to counter, while his opponent falls through and gets exposed for a counter attack.

The side-steps are very useful near the ropes when opponent rushes at you.

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Side Step To The Left: Full Movement

difficulty level:  beginner

Begin with a short step backwards with the right foot, placing it on a toe. Then place the whole right foot on the ground and push with the right thigh to turn the body and the left leg inwards. The left knee bends inwards, the left toe draws half circle and turns facing the opponent. All steps should be short and quick.

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Side step to the left: the full movement

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Side Step To The Left: Short Movement

difficulty level:  intermediate

This movement is for an emergency, when you missed the beginning of the attack. You can simply evade blows by turning the left knee inwards, while twisting the body away from the opponent clockwise by roughly 90 degrees. The stance should be tight. In other words, this is the second step from the previous full side step movement to the left.  The right foot is not turning, the right heel and the toe stay fast on the ground. Otherwise, the balance is off and you may fall.

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Side step to the left: the short movement

This movement is more difficult, because it should be done faster than the full side step to the left.

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Side Step To The Right: Full Movement

difficulty level:  beginner-intermediate

At first glance, this is a mirror of the left side step, however this movement is generally more risky, because you are moving under the strongest arm (right arm) of your opponent.

Begin with a short step backwards with the left leg, placing the left foot on its toe. Then place the whole left foot on the ground and push with the left thigh to twist the body and turn the right leg. The right knee bends inwards, the right toe draws half circle and turns facing the opponent. All steps should be short and quick.

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Side step to the right: the full movement

Tip:

Instead of making the first step, you can bend the right leg, shifting the weight on it. Thus, you pull the left leg towards the right one.  The left thigh is ready to step. Then you push with the left leg to make the step with the right leg.

Mistakes:

The first step is made to the side instead of towards the right leg. As a result, after the second step with the right leg, feet are too far from each other. This makes you off-balanced and you may fall.

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Side Step To The Right: Short Movement

difficulty level:  intermediate

This movement is for an emergency, when you missed the beginning of the attack. You can simply evade blows by turning the right knee inwards, while twisting the body away from the opponent anti-clockwise by roughly 90 degrees. In other words, this is the second step from the previous full side step movement to the right.  The left foot is not turning, the left heel and the toe stay fast on the ground. Otherwise, the balance is off and you may fall. The stance should be tight during the movement.

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Side step to the right: the short movement

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Jumping Side Step

difficulty level:  advanced

Slip inside and outside from the jabs, making the opponent miss or unable to aim. Slipping to the left, shift your weight on left  leg, push with the left thigh

Tip:

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References

1. Side Steps for Dummies
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4 Responses to Boxing Technique: Side Steps

  1. asd says:

    Great website, do you happen to be russian? Those sidesteps are in my experience more commonly used by the russian/eastern european school of boxing, also my favorite sidesteps.

  2. ric peters says:

    thanks for posting the true boxers stance, the modern upright head in center is the reason guys are having their heads handed to them. Im a coach and ive always taught the head off center stance with good success. Thanks for this very informative site

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