Boxing requires agility, balance and fast reflexes, among other things. The more agile you are in the ring, the harder it is for your opponent to land punches. Agility is also important to your offensive maneuvering, as good coordination can help you set up attacks. Bobbing and weaving are two common maneuvers used in boxing for both offensive and defensive purposes. These two maneuvers rely heavily on your agility and balance, which can be improved through a specific training exercise known as the rope slip drill.
Hang a rope across a room. Ensure the rope is taut and hangs at slightly lower than your shoulder height. You can fasten the rope by pinching it between a door and its frame. The rope can also be held at each end by a training partner.
Bend your knees and let the top of your left shoulder graze against the rope. Take your fighting stance and remain in this stance throughout the drill.
Bob your head underneath the rope and weave to the other side of it; avoid bending your head forward to avoid the rope. Lower your entire body by squatting down from the legs until your head clears the rope. Raise your body back up on the opposite side of the rope until your right shoulder grazes the rope.
Avoid moving the rope upward with your shoulder. The objective should be to keep your shoulders at the same level on both sides of the rope.
Repeat the bob and weave movement to bring your body back to its starting position.
Add punches to your maneuvers after you've become accustomed to the bob and weave drill. Begin by throwing a left jab before bobbing and weaving underneath the rope. Throw a right jab once properly positioned on the other side of the rope. Continue to repeat this jab, bob and weave combination for one minute. Then, incorporate additional punch combinations, such as a left jab and right uppercut, before bobbing and weaving. Always repeat the same punch combination on the other side of the rope.
Step forward while throwing punch combinations. After you step forward with your lead foot, slide your back foot forward. Execute the punch combination, then bob and weave to the other side of the rope and repeat the punch combination while taking another step forward. Once you've gone the length of the rope, work your way backward using the slide-step technique.