Ali Shuffle - Agility Ladder Drill

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Ali Shuffle - Agility Ladder Drill

This page provides details for the agility ladder drill known as the Ali Shuffle. This agility exercise uses an agility ladder drill in order to improve an athlete's agility, footwork, speed, etc. In this agility ladder drill, the martial artist stands sideways to the ladder (versus facing straight forward at the ladder). The martial artist will "shuffle" his feet in and out of the ladder as he moves laterally along the ladder. Below are a couple of instructional videos as well as a video that shows Muhammad Ali performing the original Ali shuffle.

The ability to move laterally and diagonally is useful in martial arts sparring and self-defense in order to avoid an opponent's attack and position yourself for an effective counterattack. However, if martial artist can not do it with speed, the martial artist will find the counterattack "opening" will have closed before they could launch a strike.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For more agility drills, please visit the Agility Ladder Drills page or the main Martial Arts Agility section (for cone drills, dot drills, etc.).

Ali Shuffle - Agility Ladder Drill

Instructional Video for the Ali Shuffle

The Original Ali Shuffle


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