How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts

How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts

Michael Lewis with Yeshua’s Ryu Martial Arts
on behalf of Expert Village. We’re talking today about speed drills. Okay, now we’re
going to talk about foot work. Foot work is key in both power and speed when you’re working,
when you’re practicing with a partner. So, if you have, if you’re working a front jab
and you want to develop speed for that, you’re sort of going to jump and lean yourself forward
a little bit by pushing with the back foot when you do that. So when you strike, you’re
not just going to stay static and try to throw a strike, but you’re also going to move forward
you’re going to sort of shift your weight into it and that way you’ll be able to develop
a little bit more push and power along with speed. Keep in mind that when you’re hands
are up, the front jab is a little bit closer, so that’s going to be a quicker punch. The
reverse punch has to travel a farther distance. So in other words, in order to be able to
throw a strike, you’re also going to have to turn your body into it. Again using the
core of your body and your hips to turn that punch in and pull back. So foot work’s very
very key. Turning your feet inward and pushing is the key part about developing speed. If
you’ll notice that when I throw a jab, my head slightly moves inward in order to throw
that strike. It’s important to remember that you don’t want to move your footwork before
you throw your strike. So if I begin to turn my hips and then throw my strike, what I’m
doing is telegraphing my technique to him. So he knows that I’m about to throw a technique
as soon as I move and then throw a strike. So you have to work on timing, it has to be
timed together, so that it moves together, so they’ll be no way for him to really tell.
That’s one of the key parts of speed, is that they’re not able to for see what’s about to
happen and it hits them before they really know.


90 thoughts on “How to Improve Your Martial Arts Quickness : Importance of Footwork in Martial Arts”

  • il be brutally honest your not boxing your just swinging I know its hard because the other person is too but you need to block more and pick out your punches throw clean jabs then follow them up with straight rights or hooks instead your just swinging and hoping for the best just work on your footwork watch the training vids I found them helpful

  • u dont need to get smacked to take boxing classes? why do you want to do boxing? Weight loss or training for fights? look up "Boxtag" in google and find one in your area.

  • I dont have any boxing experience im gonna start training, but just when I box people for fun, its hard for me to keep my stance and throw combos when people are flailing their arms and comming toward me. any advice?

  • Dude, do the world a favour and take your videos off youtube. Youre technique is well how does one say it……..wrong. You lunge/bounce off the rear foot, you do NOT slide it.

  • i dunn slide, i just shuffle, and i do do my walking when im releasing cross, cross cross when they are backing up very effective and gets them into guard. but hard to remmeber how to do it properly

  • if you want to see some good footwork watch this all the way through, its more show and antics though lol watch?v=pfUFYtXNN0A

  • This video is very infomative. I've learned a lot from it. One thing that I never get a clear answer on is how to throw the straight right, and how to throw a proper left hook? when throwing the hook should palms face you or the ground? Someone help me out here

  • Older boxers went palms faces down. Newer age they found out it is better if palms are facing you. Better on the wrist.

  • wow i would lay him out my mauy thai master says its not good to bak away from a hit = if u try to get in for a hit after u bak up your opponent could counter =

  • that is true but not everyone is the same and moves the same everyone can do the same style but they will neve be the same u can only obsorb so much and then do it ur way.

  • Ferdinand Lastrilla says:

    The footwork is fine, but it has to be very quick. What some instructors don't tell the kids though is that if one closes the gap by obviously shuffling forward before a kick, he is in effect doing the closing in for his opponent who will just time it with a kick of his own. Wide stances like this require a 1-2 count to make contact. If your 1 is a step, the opponents could be a kick.

  • 2 things are obvious here:
    1> he has never heared of an inside legkick.

    2> he's not an expert at all and gives horrible advice.

  • footwork also increases ur punching power if you know how to put ur inter body weight behind ur fist and its extremely hard, cuz u have to have perfect rhythm

  • Yeah I noticed that standing flat footed is a easier way to get knocked down and gives you less power. I got that from Jeet Kune Do so its good that you brought up bruce lee.

  • josh robinson says:

    your not supposed to drag your feet, it leaves you open to get kicked, but boxers know it all when it comes to fighting. i dont know anything. 😉

  • if this was actually a martial arts video, not a boxing video, then this noob would know that if he stepped forward with his back leg like that he would be sweeped before he could slide his back foot forward. also, positioning your back foot on that angle means that he will not be able to get maximum power in his punch

  • fight a boxer then… it might not be as complicated as karate but it takes years to master footwork while incorporating punches.

  • do you want two videos i can show you right off the top of my head to show you where martial arts has worked on the streets? just wondering…

  • martial art means art of war. Thats the literal meaning of the words. So anything thats a system for fighting is a martial art

  • punching is martial arts man. Boxing is aswell. I dont know why people seem to think that if it doesnt have flowery kung fu shit in it then it isnt a martial art lol

  • yep, agree with you – mean ppl do not know what martial arts really are. they thing of karate and other 'art' and forget boxing and stuff

  • i dunno about that footwork. i would rather float like a butterfly and sting like a bee then slide like a slug

  • Belt Martial Arts are theory… and truly are "art" at best… (not including Judo, BJJ and the like) and are never practically applied i.e. no punches to the head and so forth. Judo BJJ and Muay Thai are Martial "Sciences" in that, they have proved themselves in the ring and in actual battle for hundreds if not thousands of years of forming.

  • @themusicman555 Well thats probably cause most people dont do Martial Arts and the ones who do get into street fights are more than likely scumbags!

  • @themusicman555 Not exactly.the majority of street fights end up in the clinch position or on the ground.Thats were wrestling,or bjj comes in if you know it.I just recently had a street fight were the guy came throwing punches.and i quickly threw him in a guillitone choke due to his carelessness in swinging.

  • its true boxing helps alot in street fight but if ur opponent is only throwing punches also the best martial arts in a street fight are muay thai and jiujitsu if u master these arts or kno them well there is nooo way a boxer or a puncher is going to get at u

  • andrew pimentel says:

    @themusicman555 im in shotokan karate for a bout a year now the first thing my teacher told me was always avoid fighting even if your as good as bruce lee thats why its called self defense its only meant to be used if you have no other choice alot of martial artisist follow that rule but i have seen sum fights mainly with a jujitsu person taking someone down and there is a video of a guy in a red shirt using martial arts to knock out some ghetto wannabe bully we only street fight if necessary

  • I agree to an extent. I suppose it depends where you are from. I have seen quite a few fights end with a nice roundhouse or front kick.

  • a true martial artist fights only when nessecary or in a ring if u go round abusing ur training u r a disgrace …thts the theory at least

  • NexusDarkworldProductions says:

    @biggman18 i completely agree, I study lots of martial arts; kaigan budokan, aikido, boxing, wrestling, muay tai, and I have black belt in most of them but I still avoid fights where possible, cos if your fighting against a true martial artist, one mistake and one or both of you are dead. there are some scary bastards out there, and I don't mean those pansy wannabe thugs/mafia who you could knock out by swinging your cock at them

  • nonstophero0079 says:

    Wow; interesting posts. I've seen fights won AND lost with all hand strikes ala boxing, and with all sorts of different martial arts. Look, do what's best for you. Boxing can be picked up and used on the street faster than, say, karate, but I'm not going to go into which is "better" there is no such thing. It's all about the fighters themselves. I train in boxing, Judo, bjj, karate, and kali. They all work well for me, but may not for the next guy. It comes down to the fighters regardless.

  • Karate isnt best martrial art for street fight and it isnt even designed to be one. If you want to fight in streets you should pick self defense art like Krav Maga or Defendo.

    I am karateka myself and I find it very fun, but I have also been doing Defendo and its much more effective and practical in street than karate is.

  • steve johnson says:

    @themusicman555 Not arguing, but I don't necessarily believe use of hands are owned by boxing. I agree most fights on the street often end and begin with hands because it's a pain to kick above the shoulders in jeans tightened by a belt…but I fended off a mugger with running straights and a sweep…but I feel the footwork, stance, and approach of counter striking from what I trained in (karate) were the keys to my survival.

  • steve johnson says:

    @Draculaardi Karate helped me fend off two attackers with no other formal training. What style do/did you train in?

  • steve johnson says:

    @nonstophero0079 I think what is key to your post is the blend of styles. What I loved about my school is our instructor felt Judo, JiuJitsu, and Karate were all one style but broken when the Okinawan islands were invaded.

    This led to a very well rounded school with a focus on stand-up (karate), pugilism (judo), and ground defense (we did ne waza because he was a judo blackbelt, but later a BJJ instructor leased one day of the week which was awesome)

  • steve johnson says:

    @vaneKfan2k Good point…I find martial artists…hobbyist to intense…are the nicest people I've known.

  • @evolvedb4u I didnt say that you cant use karate in selfdefence. I only said that there are many martrial arts which are better for it..

  • zwaarschoot Gert says:

    @blackmasksalve i do karate but damn boxers sure can dodge punches, i just don't really get why they prefer just keeping a guard up instead of actual blocks, got to give it to them though, they're fast

  • Itachirevived says:

    @themusicman555 to reply to that, all martial arts have incorporated punches, and also, if its not necessary there is no need to exhaust yourself using other techniques, especially in a street fight where your opponent may only be a brawler that just throws punches randomly, it only takes one well placed punch to take a person out

  • @themusicman555 You are aware that just because you don't throw a kick does mean its not karate. Karate can be all punches. And i would say boxing isnt as street effective as wrestling or some other form of grappling considering most fights end on the ground. …oh and boxing is a martial art too. you don't get a whole different category for it just because its not asian.

  • @w0rdisbond Bruce Lee took this idea from boxing I thought. He incorporated techniques from many different forms of fighting.

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