When it comes to boxing and techniques, it is difficult to know where to start. Boxing techniques are important to make sure you are practising safely and correctly, as well as getting the most out of your routine.

Getting your boxing technique right can set you on a great path to getting fit and burning some serious calories. To get started, here is the information you need on those important moves:


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Proper Stance

Woman wearing everlast gloves showing boxing stance
Woman in Image is Right-Handed (Example)

Before you start anything in boxing, you must make sure you have the correct stance. If you are right-handed, you must start with your left shoulder and left foot facing your opponent (or boxing bag), and vice versa if you are left-handed.

Make sure that your feet are shoulder length apart and your knees are bent. Your body should be twisted slightly, with your dominant foot to the back so that you are not facing someone head-on. This will help you keep your balance and guide your direction when you start moving.

Finally, with your hands, lift them in front of your face with your fists lose. Your dominant hand needs to be by your chin and the other needs to be in front of your face.

How to Jab

diagram of boxing jab

The first basic boxing technique to learn is how to jab. You need to be able to do this safely to avoid injury, but also make sure you are getting the most out of the move.

Starting with the boxing stance that you have just learned, use your non-dominant hand and punch forwards. Twist your hand so that your knuckles are up and your palm is down, making it as straight as possible.

Make sure you snap the movement at the end and immediately bring your hand back to protect your face. Your feet should adjust to keep your balance, stepping forward slightly with your right foot and pivoting your left.

How to Duck/Weave

woman doing a boxing duck/weave with arrows to show correct technique

Ducking and weaving is great boxing technique to keep yourself out of the way of your opponent's strikes and maybe get a few of your own.

Staring again with your boxing stance keep your hands in front of your face, feet shoulder-width apart and knees bent. Use the balls of your feet to keep your balance and move quickly and smoothly.

Drop your body into a squat stance using the balls of your feet so you are lower than your opponent's arms, and shift the top half of your body from side to side, evading any incoming strikes.

How to Cross Jab

woman doing a boxing cross jab

Another important boxing technique is being able to perform a cross jab. Being able to use both hands to take on your opponent means you can strike from any angle and even take them by surprise.

From your boxing stance, twist on your back foot, turning your torso towards your opponent, making sure the front foot stays where it is. As you move your arm to punch twist it so that your knuckles are up and palm facing down.

After you have connected with your opponent, bring your hand quickly back to protect your face.

How to Uppercut

diagram of an upper cut

The uppercut technique is probably the most well-known boxing technique and is a great move if you can master it correctly.

Return once again to your boxing stance, and this time use your dominant hand. On your back foot, bend your knee slightly and twist your body slightly towards your opponent. With your dominant hand, punch straight up in line with your opponent's chin.

Use the back leg to drive the movement upwards and make sure you keep the other hand defending your face.

How to Hook

diagram of a hook

The final boxing technique is the hook. Take your starting stance once again. Lift your non-dominant hand up to nose level and twist it so it forms a right-angle. Make sure you turn your front foot and torso with you to add some power to the hook.

Make sure you don't use your arm to wind up the strike. All of the power must come from your hips and legs.

Before you get started on these boxing techniques, it is important to make sure you have the correct boxing equipment. Check out our article on Boxing Equipment Essentials!

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Once you have the right stuff, you can master all of these boxing techniques and it will put you in a great position to start losing weight and toning up. Whether you practice with someone else or just practice on a boxing bag, boxing is a great workout to get started with.


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