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The other day I just learnt how to slip in boxing and my coach told me to transfer your weight to the leg towards which you slip. Now by doing this it makes me wonder if you're actually balanced anymore, since your weight isn't distributed evenly.

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Having equal weight distribution among your feet is a naive and limited form of balance. Demonstrating balance with an uneven weight distribution, or with only one foot on the ground (or, in other contexts, with hands but not feet on the ground, or with two feet and one hand...) is a more difficult form of balance that is often appropriate and useful for particular purposes.

One can be balanced while transferring weight mostly to one foot, as long as one is in position to move out of that state in multiple directions. Doing so is useful for power production, avoiding strikes, sweeps, or takedowns, and so on.

If you only practice being balanced while perfectly upright with each foot bearing equal weight, then you will be unable to execute a large variety of offensive and defensive techniques. More frighteningly, you will be lost when, in the course of a chaotic fight, you are forced out of your perfect position. It is important to develop comfort and balance with an uneven weight distribution, even if a perfectly even weight distribution is technically the ideal position.

  • Thanks for the good answer, is it possible you could further explain why you don't need to be have equal weight distribution to be balanced? – Charlie Feb 20 '16 at 12:05
  • @Charlie I honestly don't know what to add to explain the idea. Equal weight distribution is literally "balanced", but as I say, having an unbalanced weight distribution does not mean you're "off balance" or doing something wrong. – Dave Liepmann Feb 21 '16 at 18:59
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By keeping on your toes all the time and using small steps you should be able to avoid your slip taking you off- balance. The slip has to be long enough just to slip the punch, if it goes for much longer, it stops being a slip and you have to keep on your toes to regain balance rapidly to your new position. But if you keep on your toes, you can recover from the slip quickly enough and not lose balance.

  • What about weight transfer? – Charlie Feb 18 '16 at 11:25
  • If you are keeping on your toes and moving around with rapid steps, weight transfer following a slip has minimal impact as rapid steps and recovery is used to regain centre balance. It's inevitable that your balance is moved to one side when you slip, the trick is to make that weight transfer as rapid as possible. Keeping on your toes with sharp phasic movement will ensure that you recover your balance back in time. With this practice you'll learn to keep balanced while slipping. – polonski Feb 18 '16 at 22:58

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