QUOTE (PR316 @ Nov 23 2009, 10:59 PM)
I figured I could ask you both this question then.
What are some exercises or routines I can do to improve my footwork??...
I think my form and execution on punches has gotten alot better but the balance and smooth movement with the feet is not quite there yet. What do you guys recommend?
Well,let me know what kind of footwork you actually use and I'll let you know..As I said in my post,I slide on the ball of my feet and fight out of a semi-crouch to stay 100% balanced(exactly like Joe Louis and Robinson)..As ya already know a semi crouch is being slightly bent from the belly,not the knees..
Do you walk,bounce,or slide with your footwork??I slide..Through sliding,when I move my front or back foot,my other foot will slide right into place if I am sliding on the ball of my foot..It has taken me 8 months to get really good with my footwork since it IS the hardest footwork to learn..I used to work 10-12 rounds a day on it,then 8,and now I'm doing 6 rounds of pure footwork..Watch Ray Robinson or Joe Louis' feet strictly and you'll see the type of movement I do..
Fitz,how often are you training these days??I train 5 days a week these days for 3-4 hours in the gym,not including my roadwork and a few other things..What Fitz was talking about with the rope,I have seen others doing this..It helps show you keep the distance between your feet..I bet Fitz is a walker with his footwork..If you also walk,this is a good exercise to do..Like I said,it all depends on the type of footwork you use..If you bounce,the rope won't help much..If you slide,the rope isn't necessary because it's completely natural for your other foot to gauge proper distance without even thinking about it if you're on the ball(not balls) of your foot..
Also,Fitz is right about that you should work your footwork without punches at first..I don't throw any punches when working my footwork at the very beginning of my training..Once you get your feet the way they should be,you don't need to keep working on them since you should of gotten the hard work outta the way through thinking it to get muscle memory..