Make ’em Miss…

Most people generally misunderstood the statement, move your head.  The beginning process of developing good head movement is first understanding that your not just moving your head.  My understanding of head movement starts with actually being able to take a punch.  To properly take a punch, you want to take it on your forehead with your chin down leaning slightly forward at the waist.  It is important that you keep your eyes fixed on your opponent. From there your next progression, is to start by slipping straight punches.  When slipping the Jab/Straight Lead, start with moving your head off centerline but it is important not to tilt your head.  Keeping your head and spin aligned, this way it is easier to counter because you have maintained good balance. Once you are comfortable with taking punches properly, you can move out the way just enough to be able to counter. Head movement is commonly looked at as a defensive maneuver but the main purpose is to counterattack or interrupt their attack.  Missing punches generally takes more energy, and you begin to second-guess your strikes.  The amount of full power shots will not be as frequent.  This brings up another very important point; good head movement doesn’t just start when someone is swinging at you.  It is a constant process, once your engaged. Slowly moving your head to different angles, so that your head is not always in the same position.  This also allows you to look for new angles on your opponent, because they have to constantly adjust their aim and body position.  Some of the really great fighters can minimize the punch output by simply moving their head and feinting/faking throughout the fight. As mentioned before it is important to engage during this process and establishing a solid jab is a necessity.

A basic drill that I like to use is a slipping drill.  My favorite is using pool noodles, because while you are learning to move your head you are not concerned with taking hard shots.

1)  First start by just slipping the Jab
2)  Then next 1.2.
3)  Finally you can mix it up Jab, Cross, and 1.2/1.1.4555053

Remember when slipping the double jab, I like to treat it like 1.2. If you don’t wish to use noodles you can always slip punches slowly until you get the hang of it.  Another great drill is using the slip bag, if you don’t have a partner. Then next is getting under wide shots (hooks) the reason I choose slipping first is because it starts the process early of subtle head movement.  Some trainers teach rolling or bob & weaving first. I guess it just depends on what works best for you and go with that approach! – See more at:

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