Technique: Stance and Punches

The typical stance for a boxer is to lead with the opposite foot of the power hand. This means a right-handed person will lead with his left foot forward. The right foot is staggered behind.

A right-handed boxer is often referred to as "orthodox," while a left-handed one is a "southpaw."

The legs are bent slightly at the knees for shock absorbtion and spread in about a foot-and-a-half to two feet for balance.

The chin should be tucked to the top of the chest because it is a target for an opponent.

The arms are held close to the body to protect the torso. The hands should guard the sides of the face.

Many of these rules are broken by professionals, but that is what separates them from amateurs. The preceding information is crucial for novices.