Icky Shuffle Footwork Drill

This footwork drill develops the boxer’s lateral agility and can directly translate to boxing-specific movements. The drill requires 6 to 10 cones and 3 to 4.5 meters straight.

Setting it up

Distance between each cone is 2 ft

Place 6-10 cones in a straight line. The distance between each cone may range from 1 ft to 2 ft, with shorter distances being harder.

How to Do

  • To start, the boxer’s lead foot is positioned next to the first cone.
  • The boxer’s feet shuffle to the outside of each cone until finished.
  • While stepping, their arms should be shifting naturally.

Other information

The icky shuffle can directly develop the speed with which a boxer moves off-line. The movements involved can also be boxing-specific. For example, a boxer may close the distance with exactly the same movements.

Author: Le Ho

I am currently a law student at the University of North Carolina Law School. As an undergraduate, I boxed for Carolina and earned its first men's national championship title.

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