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    Self taught foot work and head movement?

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    are there any drills to help with head movement and footwork? I have train mma in the past for a year, last year, and I was hoping to get back in. Is it possible to drill some movements at home. Any advice would be great since I don't feel I have a good rythm and move very robotic/stiff. Thanks

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    Those are both things that are best practiced with a partner. Having said that, the boxing double end bag is probably the best solo device for practicing head movement IMO. Its dynamic nature will force you to move your head so it doesn't hit you, while being close enough to hit it. For general footwork without a partner I recommend jumping rope.

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    Um... I'm embarrassed but these will get you the basics. Everything else is partner drills and sparring.

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    Sparring is essential, but i meant supplemental work. I always thought shadow boxing was a good supplemental way to get the mechanics down. But thanks for the tips I will try to skip rope more often. thanks

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    Work with a heavy bag. A lot of footwork is action-reaction, not just moving around on your own.
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    shadow spar. Tie a lot of string in a web about head height and work your way through that

    And call them solo drills.You will get a better response.
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    Agility rope ladder can be helpful for footwork. Check out some videos on youtube, there are lots. For head movement, I've hung a tennis ball at arms length from a heavy bag while working it. Swing it while you work the bag, slip if it's coming right at you, bob and weave if it's coming from either side.

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    Back in my MT days my teacher used to stretch a big cord/rope/string from one side of the room to another. We would bob and weave beneath the rope, attack and step forward all the way to the other side and back a couple of times.
    I believe it helped me a lot with timing, speed, footwork and even leg strength.

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    I 'm a boxer rather than a mixed martial artist so take my advice for what it's worth. But my answer is no, not really. You'd be better off working what can be worked well without a partner (cardio, endurance, strength etc) and then work the more technical stuff once you're back at your gym. However, if you absolutely want to drill technique and footwork at home, maybe you could install a speedball and punch around a bit. Plus add some skipping. That will help your footwork a bit.

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    By the way I personally think sprawling drills help. I definately bend at the waist less.
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