Head Movement Training Day 4.

The glory of 'probabilities' working in our favor.

(and even more slips.)

Today, I'm going to give you a dose of the stupid 'magic' behind head movement...

(which you're about to realize is purely 'common sense'.)

You don't have to know which punch your opponent is going to throw if the vast majority of slips, work against the vast majority of punches:

hm-all-slips-work-for-any-punchAny Slip Will Work For Any Punch 

The name pretty much says it all, but how could this be true?  By the end of this video, you will be forced into the realization that by constantly moving your head, even with only the three ways that I've taught you, (and by combining slips into combinations), you already become incredibly difficult to hit.

Now if you're actually doing this program day by day...

Your legs are going to be sore.  Absurdly sore actually, because they should have already been sore before yesterday.

Most people are not on that path.

If you're too sore, take the damn day off.

But I have to give you the remaining slips today. We can't move on without them.  As such, your legs will be taxed another day. It's an usual amount of work on one body part, in a short period of time.  

But let's get after it anyway.

hm-dip-slipDip Slip Lesson 

The simplest grass roots way to get under a punch, and a common movement to execute when faking shots, or changing attack levels.

With some simple steps, we can start chaining your slips together...

striking-the-penguin-walkPenguin Slip 

The penguin slip is a form of head movement, which can be characterized by rapid back and forth slips that will work very well for straight punches.  This is a great way to freeze your opponent, in addition to entering while keeping your head hard to hit.

Another 'sub-category' of a straight slip, this next slip allows you to move around and switch your stance if necessary.

hm-tyson-slipsTyson Slips 

In all honesty, I have watched some clips of Mike Tyson and been absolutely in awe of the things he does.  His movements are explosive, and his head movement seems insanely intuitive.  Here are some of the things he does.

And while we're at it... let's highlight an incredibly useful tool:

And get you using it for FIVE minutes at a time.

equipment-jump-ropeJump Rope Training

is my favorite piece of training equipment… other than perhaps a heavy bag.  This thing has been responsible for a HUGE amount of the development in my footwork and speed, and it will do the same thing for you.

The Workout

Click Here to Download this workout as a PDF

Warm up with 2 x 3 Minute Rounds of Jump Rope

If you don’t have a jump rope, order one and just shadow box instead.  You can also just pretend that you have one... but that might feel a little weird.

If you can’t Jump Rope for 3 minutes, suffer and fail on every single jump until the time runs out in your round, having accidentally whipped yourself 80 times.  Each time, give yourself 2 seconds and try again.  It will become second nature soon enough, and your footwork will improve dramatically.

Next, we build the slips...

All of the following movements should be done while moving around and shadow boxing lightly.  You should be dip slipping spontaneously.

Dip Slips Whilst Shadow-Boxing

(do not fall into a predictable pattern)

  • 100 Dip Slips (Orthodox Stance)

Rest 30 seconds

  • 100 Dip Slips (Southpaw… this is just to even out your thigh development)

Make sure you’re comfortable “Dip Slipping” spontaneously.  Try throwing a couple of punches and following with a dip slip during this shadowboxing.

30 seconds rest

Dip Slip Plyometrics (jumping into your Dip Slip)

Do NOT do these if your legs are sore.

  1. 50 Dip Slip Plyometrics (Orthodox Stance)
  2. 50 Dip Slip Plyometrics (Southpaw)

If it burns horribly after 25 reps, shadow box for ten second.  Then go again.

90 seconds rest minimum

Penguin Slipping

*This bit is going to be very tiring…  do it. Your sides will burn terribly.

Find a clock or download a ring-timer app...

  • 60 Seconds Penguin Slipping Non-Stop.  (step on every slip)
  • 60 Seconds Light Shadow Boxing (while recovering)

30 Seconds Rest

  • 60 Seconds Tyson Slips non-stop
  • 60 Seconds Light Shadow Boxing (while recovering)

30 Seconds Rest

  • 60 Seconds Jump Rope or Shadow Boxing
  • 60 Seconds Working on the Slip that you have the MOST trouble executing.


Straight Slips

  1. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Left, Stepping on your Left Foot
  2. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Left, Stepping on your Right Foot

Bang these out all at once.  There’s a video in here which explains what I’m asking for.

  1. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Right, Stepping On your Left Foot
  2. 50 Straight Slips, Head Moving To the Right, Stepping On your Right Foot



If you're sore do them lightly.

  1. 50 U-Slips Back and Forth
  2. 50 U-Slips Back and Forth Adding a Hook

Rear Slips

  1. 50 Rear Slips Moving your head both to the Right and Left Alternating

The rear slips feel weird to people many times… just try to pull your head out of the way in one direction or the other and maintain your balance.  You never know where you might need to move your head!

Slide Slips

  • 20 Slide Slips (Orthodox,  Forward and Backward counts as ONE rep)
  • 20 Slide Slips (Southpaw Forward and Backward)

Key Takeaways

All slips CAN work for any punch.

A Rear Slip will work for any punch

A U-Slip will work for any punch. 

A Straight Slip will work for any punch... except

  • If you happen to slip directly into a hook.  1/6 odds

A Dip Slip will work for any punch... except

  • Some uppercuts might catch you. 1/4 odds

A Frazier Slip will work for any punch

  • Including uppercuts, as long as you vary your Frazier Slip.

(You'll learn Dip Slips today and Frazier Slips later)

Penguin Slips:

  1. Are nice for slipping multiple Straight Punches
  2. Are useful for moving in close while moving your head
  3. Are great for developing your obliques

The Tyson Slip

  1. Allows you to reposition your entire base while slipping.
  2. Allows you to switch your stance while slipping.
  3. Allows you to load up power in your strikes, while positioning your feet for maximum power.

The Jump Rope

This tool mimics the calf work required for a fight.

It's a mindless way to make yourself faster, improve your timing, and make your feet more reactionary.

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