Q: Have you got any tips to improve balance? Exercises I can do at home? Afterall, a boxer without a good base, is a useless boxer.
A: I’m going to turn this into an article soon but here are the basic tips:
– A friend a very useful piece of advice with me a while ago… “SINK, don’t SQUAT”. It basically means that when you bend your knees to lower yourself, pull your butt into the ground instead of sticking your butt out and then bending forward to compensate. The general idea is that when you lower your butt, it’s lowering your center of gravity whereas when you’re sticking your butt out, you’re just throwing yourself off center and then compensating for it with a forward lean.
– To keep your balance while punching, don’t punch too hard and lean too much when you throw your weight. Throw softer punches and don’t lean forward so much.
– To keep your balance while getting punched, lower your center of gravity properly so you can brace for the impact. It also helps to do some parrying instead of always taking the shot square on.
– When moving, take slow deliberate steps and move the 1st foot far and the 2nd foot a little short. Don’t always bounce around on your tippy toes. Watch MIGUEL COTTO and copy his slow footwork movements. It’s very slow but precise and calm. When you move, try to keep your head over your waist most of the time. (It sounds to me like you like to learn forward a lot.)