The Importance Of Foot Positioning⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Foot positioning is a subset within the broader theme of footwork but is absolutely crucial.
Often overlooked, due to its minute detail and specificity, this is an aspect which can be the difference between great and mediocre footwork, scoring and conceeding.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
One aspect which impacts foot positioning is your stance. Naturally due to the rule set and scoring of ITF, the side facing stance is more favoured due to its affordances in terms of kicking variability.
However, this side facing stance has its limitations also, especially with regards to foot positioning for effective punching, most notably for the reverse punch.
Most of the side facing fighters, their front foot restricts their ability to engage the back hand when it comes to close range punching exchanges.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This is a common issue for ITF fighters and those who understand this manipulate their opponent in this way to essentially get them trapped side on once they can get past kicking range.
The outcome of this being pushed back & often turned which is mistaken for avoiding sparring. This usually results in a warning for avoiding or exiting the ring, or being briefly dominated in a punching exchange. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Coaches and competitors often mistake this technicality for a lack of strength and turn to S&C training to solve the issue of being dominated or being “over powered”.
However in reality foot positioning is the specific issue here. Specifically, not putting the feet in position to transition quickly from side facing to more half facing.
Not to mention the fact solving foot positioning is a more measurable & attainable improvement than strength (such a broad and long term facet of performance).
This is just one example of the importance of foot positioning and more importantly the ability to adjust and adapt foot positioning based on the problem posed within the contest.
With this knowledge and awareness fighters can become more versatile with their footwork and in turn a more complete fighter.
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