Stance and guard 4

The goals of this module are

  • to reinforce the correct stance and
  • to learn to protect yourself as a boxer.

Ideal Group size:

Up to 30


25 minutes


Materials for download:

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How it’s done

  1. Make sure each child has space in which to practice. Get all of the boxers to take up their stance, remembering what they learnt.
  2. Eye Coordination: Next teach participants where to look when in their boxing stance. Their eyes should be focused on the eyes of their opponent, and not down at their feet.
  3. Gauging space: Participants should learn how to gauge space between them and their opponent or partner with their feet and fists. They should not be too close so as not to be able to fully extend their arm to do a short jab but also not too far as to not be able to hit the opponent when throwing a punch.
  4. Avoiding unbalance: Lastly, participants should learn how to avoid being unbalanced and easily toppled over. Make sure their stance is solid and their legs slightly bent to have a lower centre of gravity. They should be on the balls of their feet and not on their heels.
  5. Do this while moving: Teach participants to move in their correct stances with stable centres of gravity. They should learn to move forward and backward and side to side. They should pay attention to the way they distribute their weight and really pay attention and feel the way their bodies move. This is often called the Boxing Shuffle, in which boxers keep their feet on the ground and glide across the floor.

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