Why is footwork of boxing and MMA more flowery than footwork kickboxing? (Part 1)

Speaking of footwork, both boxing and MMA have talents with superior footwork, but why in the kickboxing and Muay Thai arenas, quick legs like “dancing” are not so popular?

In fact, footwork plays an important part in all fighting sports, from fencing to wrestling, footwork also plays a crucial role. However, sometimes due to the specificity of many martial arts, the footwork element does not appear too prominent in matches.

If in Boxing, the moves of Muhammad Ali or Lomachenko are always the focus of attention, then at MMA, Dominick Cruz and Tj Dillashaw are also martial artists who have successfully demonstrated footwork techniques. skillful. But why, in the Kickboxing – Muay Thai ring, it seems that no star can “dance” like that? Whether Kickboxing’s rules are more open than Boxing and more limited than MMA?

Boxing footwork

Due to the fact that the rules of the game are limited to the hands and they are not allowed to turn around and run, the boxers must ensure their ability to move in order not to violate the rules of the game while ensuring their own safety. For this reason, the importance of footwork in Boxing is pushed to the highest level. The higher the level, the more important footwork plays an important role besides speed, strength, and fitness.

Since the fighting rules only allow the use of the hand to attack, slashes, attacks, barbs are also not allowed. The technique of holding his head to hold dirty boxing is also prohibited, bringing a fist to the opponent’s face becomes more difficult than ever. In order to do that, the punchers only have to find uncomfortable angles to strike. To find a good angle, you have to move to that angle.

For moving punches like Lomachenko or Muhammad Ali, they all maximize their ability to find a good angle to be able to maximize the maximum efficiency of every punch.