Explaining — Boxing stands and two strikes

The starting position

The starting position can feel unnatural in the beginning. Through practice, you will feel a lot more comfortable, so give it time. Fast and complex combinations and attacks from your opponent can make the most elite boxer fall out of correct stands. This position is important because it gives you the best starting point for both moving, striking, and defending at the same time. Trying to manipulate your opponent's stands is a key principle in the dangerous dance of boxing.


First, you need to find out what your strong side is. For most people, this will be your right side. Stand with your feet at shoulder-wight apart. Move your right foot (or left I that is your strong side) one-foot length behind your left foot. As one foot is forward of your base and one foot is behind your base, I will refer to the foot in front as your leed leg and the foot behind you as your back leg. The same will apply to your hands later on.

Guard and upper body

You want to close your fists. Place your back-hand (same side as back foot) up to your chin, approximately right under your chin bone. It is going to stay there whenever you are not trowing with that hand. Even when you are trowing with it, you want your hand to go back to this position as fast as possible.

The cross

“The cross” in boxing refers to a straight punch from your backhand. It has 4 main aspects.

  • Rotation
  • Weight distribution
  • Guard
  • The punch

The leed hook

  • Rotate to your leed side (left if right-handed)
  • Weight transferring to your leed leg
  • Rotate to backside
  • Weight transferring over to the back leg
  • Elbow approximately 90 degrees
  • Back to starting position.



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