30 Nov Angles
Boxing is the various layered art of components that determine the outcome of a fighter’s quality. These components divide into form, defense, and offense, which differentiated into sublevels of balance, footwork, speed, power, and angles. The concept of angels incorporates form, defense, and offense, raising the foundation of skill.
Imagine that you’re in the ring. Your gloves are heavy and dripping with sweat. Your eyes, peering over your covered fists searching for an opening. Your opponent has no openings. However, with a lunge-like shuffle and pivot to the right, you have access to the vulnerable back. You’ve created an angle.
Unlike in trigonometry class, angles are delightful and simple. While foundationally based on a balance between balance and footwork, angles provide an offensive and defensive advantage. Angles can increase rotation, in turn positively impacting the speed and power of a fighter’s punches. However, angles are utilized beyond geographical positioning, but the rotation of punches
Imagine that you are holding a cup. Your fingers wrapped around its handle. With a rotation of the wrist, the liquid leaves the cup. The cup is empty, and your wrist rotated with the thumb pointing towards the ground. Now, forget the cup. Instead of the cup, you have a clenched fist cloaked in a leather glove. Your shoulder cuff, elbow and wrist rotated, so your thumb is pointing down. Your cheeky lonely from the absence of a guarding fist gets a rebound protector as your shoulder rises upward. This corkscrew punch technique utilizes rotation to deliver in a punch.
Angles implement all the foundational skills of boxing. By practicing angles, a fighter can increase the quality of their skills. Thus, adding a foundational layer towards their unique fighting style.
Special thanks to Coach Christiaan Litt for running drills on footwork and rotation to highlight the effectiveness of angles, quick movements, and flow as well as demonstrating the corkscrew punch and providing the empty cup analogy.