Footwork Pattern 1


Footwork is described as movement of the feet.

One of the footwork patterns I'll be breaking down in the article, is a pattern I perform quite frequently in boxing. In addition, It is applicable to any combat sports.

I performed two examples of this movement in the pictures below to offer a bit of variety on how to approach these patterns.

The picture in the left you will notice the pattern is as follows:

  1. Half step back with lead foot
  2. Half step forward with lead foot
  3. Backward In (the lead foot pushes back, while the back foot follows)
  4. Forward In (the back foot pushes forward, while the lead foot follows)

The picture in the right you will notice the pattern is different and follows:

  1. Half step back with lead foot, half step forward with lead foot (repeated 3 times)
  2. Backward In (the lead foot pushes back, while the back foot follows)
  3. Forward In (the back foot pushes forward, while the lead foot follows)
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Combining both patterns and switching it up will make your movement unpredictable.


Here is the same pattern combined with some feints and cross.

The pictures below is as follows:

  1. Half step forward with lead foot (slight feint with left arm)
  2. Half step back with lead foot 
  3. Half step forward with lead foot (feint with lead arm)
  4. Backward In (the lead foot pushes back, while the back foot follows)
  5. Forward In (the back foot pushes forward, while the lead foot follows)
  6. Plant the back foot on the ground to execute a cross to the chest
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