Feints and Misdirection – Be a Magician 🪄

Boxing, at its heart is a lot like magic… the tools of the magician are not so different from the tactics employed by the master boxer.    

Misdirection is an umbrella term across all combat sports for diverting your opponent’s attention for the sole purpose of making them pay for it. It’s a way to constrain chaos by leveraging pattern setting and pattern reading.   

Boxers utilize misdirection for myriad reasons: 

 ·       guard manipulation (e.g., getting your opponent to move their arms up, down, etc.) 

 ·       blinding the opponent’s line of sight, disruption of rhythm or position 

 ·       eliciting a counterattack   

These are all used in effect for defensive or offensive purposes. Remember: attention is a currency. You’d rather your opponent spend it all in one place where you control the game.   

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