How to Slip Punches (step by step for beginners)

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Hi there, I’m Mike Gales for Everlast
Nutrition. In this video, we’re going to take a look at how to slip punches in
boxing for beginners. Well I guess the first question should be what is a slip?
I guess you could think of it as slipping your head out of the path of
straight punches so that you don’t get it hit directly in the face. I think that
the best way to visualize this, is to think that there is a kill zone.
Within that zone, the straight punches such as the jab and the cross
will do the most amount of damage. That is because it is there that they’re going to have the most leverage. What we’re looking to do with the slip, is to time
it so that your head is out of that kill zone as the straight punches are being
thrown towards your face. That will hopefully save you from being hit. Now
that you generally know what a slip is, let’s come over the easiest way to do it.
Okay first things first. For you beginners, you don’t want to be standing
all square facing your opponent like this. As you’re going to be a much easier
target to hit because your lateral mobility is going to be limited. Next
this is extremely important, you don’t want to slip punches using your neck. In
fact you’re going to notice in just a moment that my neck does not move at all. To do this correctly assume a proper boxing stance. Have your lead leg and
lead shoulder pointed towards your opponent. If you’re not sure how to
do that I’ll include that in the description in the link below. The most
basic movement that we’re going to use to slip punches will be done by bending
at the leg and at the waist. By doing that you’re going to use your core to
move your head out of the path of incoming punches. Here just a few
things to keep in mind. First I already mentioned it but you want to bend
at the legs and at the waist. You don’t want to use your neck. Next you’re
going to want to keep your hands and your shoulders up as high as possible. You’re going to focus on making sure that your head is safely out of that
kill zone. You also don’t want to be leaning too far forward while you’re
slipping punches either. That will put you closer to the punches and limit
your reaction time. Also you’re going to have zero leverage to deliver any
counter shot after you slip. In the beginning let’s do nothing fancy. You’re just going to maintain a proper boxing stance and focus on bending at the legs
and at the waist. Another little tip is
that you definitely want to get out of that kill zone but you don’t want to
over exaggerate your slip like this. That’s definitely going to increase the
time that you’re going to need to counter. Also repeating this
exaggerated movement over over again it’s going to tire you out
for nothing. Once again the important point is moving your neck like this is
useless because you’re still going to get hit. Even if you move your head
using your core, you still need to make sure that it gets outside of that kill zone.
Or else once again you’re going to get Hit. If you can just try not to over
exaggerate the movement, I think one of the main things to note here should be
that slipping punches is all about timing. Your reaction time is
obviously going to be greatly improved if you can actually see the punches
coming clearly. So where is it you should be looking? I mentioned this before in a
blocking video that if you look directly at the punches, it’s very similar to it
if you were looking directly at the lines on paved road. They seem to be
moving very very fast. Yet when you look far ahead and you use your peripheral
vision to see those very same lines, they seem to be moving a lot slower. Even
though your car is still moving at the exact same speed. Instead of looking
directly at the punches themselves, keep your eyes fixed on the upper chest of
your opponent. Use your peripheral vision and you’re going to see
everything clearly. Once again the slips are all about timing and it’s
a lot easy to time them if you can actually clearly see them coming.
Let’s take a look at specifically slipping the jab. For the purposes of
this video I’m going to assume that your opponent is not a southpaw. My opponent here is throwing his jab and remember that I want to slip my head out of that
kill zone. I’m going to recommend that the best option for beginner is to
slip to the outside of the jab by bending your rear leg and your waist. That way your core moves your head outside of that kill zone. There’s no doubt that you could slip
the jab to the inside but I would not suggest that for beginners. As your head
is still going to be within the kill zone of a cross that may be following
his jab. It is true that you could slip to the inside like this but like I
said I wouldn’t really recommend this to a beginner. There definitely is a
risk. For you first-timers I would suggest that you keep your hands up as
high as you can. There’s no doubt that your hands are going to move a bit
due to momentum but keep them up as high as you can. Then slip his jab to the
outside. One last point. You can still do this but I would definitely recommend beginners not slip punches as they go straight backwards. As you’re still going
in range for a hard cross. It may seem counterintuitive but it’s a much safer
option to actually slip the jab as you move towards your opponent and to the
outside. Next let’s take a look at slipping the cross specifically. Here
is my opponent throws a cross. Remember that my main objective it to slip
my head away from that punch. I recommend that you do that by bending at the lead leg and at the waist. Moving your head outside of that kill zone.
Similarly to the jab, the best option for beginners will be the slip to the
outside of the kill zone of that punch. Remember that your hands are
probably going to move down a bit with your momentum but try to keep them up
as high as you can. It is true that you always have the option of slipping
to the inside but then you also have the risk of getting hit with his left hand. Just like when slipping the jab, if you’re going to move your feet then once
again I would not recommend that beginners slip the cross as they back up in a
straight line. They should slip the cross moving forward towards their opponent and to the outside. Whichever punch you slip, it must be done at the right range.
Repeating slipping motions from a great distance for nothing, while your opponent
just stands there and watches you, is going to be a complete waste of time. Eventually you’re going to tire and he is going to time you. Then he’s going to catch you
with a hard punch. Also if you try to slip punches at extremely close quarters,
that takes great reflexes which a beginner may not have. For beginners, the best time to perform this slip is going to be when
you’re just outside of arms length. That leads us to a good question. Why
would you want to slip punches anyway? Why not just block them? If your
opponent misses his intended target then there’s going to be a moment of
opportunity where he’s going to be open and probably off-balance. This is
where you can turn a defensive maneuver into offense. Timing his punches and
slipping them will give you the ability to land some nice clean counter punches.
I would only use the slip to avoid straight punches. To avoid the hooks,
I would use a bob and weave. If you’re curious about how to do that, I’ll
leave a link in the description below. Now that you have a vague idea of how to
slip punches, here are a few drills to practice. I would first practice by
yourself and get used to making small steps forward in your boxing stance. Practice slipping the jab to the outside. Then I would practice slipping
crosses to the outside. I think that you’re going to find it much easier to
slip punches if you develop your own rhythm of movement like I’m doing here.
That’s a slight weight transfer from foot to foot. Then when I’m ready,
I’ll slip. That seems to be a much more natural movement than trying to slip
from a completely static position. Once you get used to slipping the jab and
the cross, try two slips together. Both of which we’re going to slip to the outside. If you have a partner then you can have
them throw a jab towards you. You want that jab to be somewhat realistic. It is thrown straight towards you but they shouldn’t be trying to break your
face. Remember that you guys are supposed to be partners. This way you can get
used to practicing slipping to the outside. Then use your partner to practice
slipping the cross to the outside. You could throw in the jab and the cross. Finally, once you get more
comfortable with the slips you can put in some movement to create some
offensive possibilities. This has been Mike Gales for Everlast Nutrition. If
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58 thoughts on “How to Slip Punches (step by step for beginners)

  1. Great channel! It's been a while since I've got instruction at a gym, so these vids are a great help in getting back into the swing of things and work on my fundamentals!

  2. This guy here is a great boxer and athlete…..besides a great trainer,one of the best in Canada by far! Also, an all-around good guy

  3. Im no pro but if you move from feet to feet to be abel to slip easier and qicker (or punch) your opponent will afte a while be abel to see a pattern in your logements. Which will make it easier to slip or block it for that person. Im not saying you should not do it at all, but be aware of it. Especially with your arms.

  4. I've recently started working with some total beginners in my little garage gym. Your videos are great material. Thank you.

  5. It did this and bob and wave in a sparring session. I hit my opponent a few times in the face and I moved out of range. My opponent couldn't hit me. My coach said that I would win matches moving like this, but with sparring its like boxing like a dick. I mean wtf?

  6. can you please make a video on how to block kicks while boping n wieving or sliping just in case they throw a kick? it would help me out alot thanks n your videos are trully the best n they work perfectly in spars n fights

  7. Man this channel is good… U can't get any simpler n precise information than these videos. Love this channel. Ur videos r really helpful n most of all very simple to understand.

  8. U are too good at these training videos. I am glad I came across your channel. Thanks a lot. U deserve millions of subscribers.

  9. This is great instruction! I would love to see some videos on making the transition from amateur boxer to a pro boxer.

  10. I've seen some videos that say never to bend at the hips when slipping because it is harder to counter off of it, but that really doesn't happen. Should I be bending at the hip, and if so what are the advantages?

  11. These videos are great even if you’re not a beginner. It’s all too common for an experienced fighter to forget the basics due to focusing too much on “advanced” techniques

  12. Why isn't his channel bigger?

    I never lost a fight before but when I was recorded fighting I saw the way I fought and I was swinging wildly and I ended up getting hit but I still won but since I've watched your videos and went to boxing classes I've improved, I've used your method of pivoting and crossing and I ended up rocking the guy but I stopped because I don't like fights where the opponent doesn't want to fight anymore that's just the type of person I am.

  13. Thanks for all these great videos! They're amazing! One question: if I'm a lefty, so fighting south-paw, how do the slips differ? In general, do you always slip to the outside of whatever punch is being thrown?

  14. I have been boxing for 2 years now and still I noticed my slipping movement are far from perfect.
    Your step by step video helped me figure out what I was doing wrong.
    I will make sure to check most of your content to improve my boxing techniques.
    Thanks a lot and please keep up with the good work !

  15. Yesterday i was at a sort of convention, not a real tournament. It was amateur rules with 3 rounds of 1 minute and a half each, all my partners (the 3 of them had already fougth and the youngest won the silver medal in the national games of my country) did pretty well but i didn't even last one round because my opponent dominated me very easily so the ref decided to stop the figth. You could say it sort of was my first real figth and getting beat the way i got beat was really frustating, but after watching this video and the bob and weave one, am starting to realize some of the things i could have done to put more of a figth and not simply being a sandbag. Thanks for the tips, the day im writting theres no boxing lessions but ill make sure to practice this on my own.

  16. I'm so glad this channel exist! Perfect boxing tutorials for beginners. Fight tips is also good but a lot of times he doesn't go as in depth with his explanations. You sir have earned a new subscriber!

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