Boxing and self-defence in 2020 will be about asking one of the questions they often hear and return to the limelight.
But is boxing effective in street fights?
In the meantime I say it is one of the arts that regardless of martial art, combat sports or system that you practice you have to learn and practice because it goes to work on one of the queen distances of combat the medium and short distance.
In addition, boxing is one of the best methods for developing the fundamental attributes of combat.
Boxing is a good thing for any discipline.
Bruce Lee himself studied boxing a lot to the point of understanding its effectiveness and in his treatises and books by JKD he dedicated a lot of space to this discipline to the point of integrating it into Jeet Kune Do.
Now the question of whether it works in the street depends on the context but certainly in many situations it is effective.
When it comes to self-defense we should specify the context because the variables are so high that traditional sports and martial arts are not always accustomed to certain contexts such as aggressions by percussion and cutting weapons, multiple aggressors,the difference in weight, etc.
Going and exclude all that is surprise, emotional state, physical condition at that time, clothing, etc. etc.
Clearly the practice of combat sports as you know if you read my blog is a fundamental element that I integrate in the study of self-defense because there are fundamentals that can only be developed through sport and sparring to learn how to make them effective in a non-cooperating context.
Simulations are not a fight or proof that the technique works.
My answer to the question about boxing self defence:
The hand shots
Surely boxing is effective in the street and for many reasons.
Street fights are often fistfights and most street fights are done mainly with punches, few kicks and if there is contact to take the fight, where you almost always end up on the ground.
Ps. If you go to the Instagram profile you can see the great work I’m doing with hundreds of video footage with different types of aggression and with different levels of violence.
That’s the reality beyond the sports dynamics that are my passion but that you don’t have to associate but just contextualize if you don’t want to delude your students or yourself “to play in the same ring”.
Boxing teaches you good defensive skills from punches and brawling shots.
In boxing you learn how to deal with the typical streetbrawlers from day one, those who look for the powerful decisive blow and not technical combinations and then place in the middle the shot or the decisive shots.
If you practice boxing you feel comfortable managing your fists and a punch nothing placed quickly ends the fight especially with bare hands.
Few guys can withstand a well-placed punch.
Here is a psychologist aspect that is new compared to the gym where you fight with the mouthguard and gloves,sometimes even the helmet with an additional referee / coach to check that both respect the rules (breaks, illegal boxing,etc.)
Already from this you can understand that there is a total change of context and already the fact that you do not have protection can have a major impact on your combat psychology.
The ground fight
Using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Judo can be a great strategy, but boxing skills are still key and if you can knock it out, the fight ends sooner.
Also here as far as the fight is concerned, the floor is hard,it can pull out a weapon while you are on the ground, etc. so the fight must also be contextualized, I have already written about this I do not want to dwell on it and soon I will make you videos about it.
Boxing teaches you great footwork and you can stay on your feet with great mobility
Using ground combat, wrestling is great but if you can stand up to hit and run away or be able to look at your back, it’s better.
The road has no rules and if there are any of his friends they might not stand by.
There are even footage of “sadists” who were not interested in the discussion that intrude by placing blows in the back for no reason.
Violence triggers strange reactions in some people even when they are not directly affected.
More Attackers vs. 1
With boxing thanks to a good footwork and an important athletic preparation you can face more opponents .
Situations 2 versus 1 or even 3 – 4-on-1 are never a good thing in your favor.
But you have a good chance of dealing with 2 guys if you have good shots and maybe stop one the other changes your mind.
But as you can imagine going to ground against two is not a good strategy because it takes time to subdue an opponent and his friend can attack you from behind.
Fighting on the ground against multiple opponents is never good unless you’re a lightning bolt of the finals.
The athletic preparation of boxing
Another aspect that should not be underestimated is the athletic preparation of boxing.
Boxing is a sport with very demanding training and that greatly improve your athletic condition.
Even if it’s self-defense, your athletic condition can affect whether you’re surviving a violence or suffering it.
A good athletic condition in addition to making you more explosive makes you more lucid in a condition of strong stress such as aggression, or allows you to make a nice run to escape from danger.
The athletic preparation of boxing is a great preparation that if linked to nutrition can give you an important advantage.
Now as you can have guessed if you have read so far, boxing is also fundamental for self-defense so study it and dedicate the necessary time to it because it is certainly an added value for striking and for your footwork.
From a self-defense perspective, however, given the high variables at stake you can not make discounts and even if everyone likes to specialize in something it is necessary over time to explore even sectors that we like less.
Self Defence is not a game!
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