Boxing: a martial art?

Finally, I have been freed from the imprisonment of end of semester exams at Uni, so it’s time to give this place a new update.

I’ve lately been watching a classic anime series (in between, after, and a bit during study…) called ‘Hajime no Ippo’. It’s about a young boy that’s quite obviously on steroids going from a shy little Japanese ‘kid’ (.. like for most anime I use that term loosely, the age never seems right…) to a shy little Japanese boy beating the crap out of everyone all over the world, all thanks to Boxing! (anyways, it’s a great show and I would be watching it right now if I didn’t use up the download quota…)

so anyways, this show has inspired me to do an entry on boxing.

To be honest I have never considered boxing a martial art. Boxing is a sport: it has rules, it has boundaries, and therefore it has limits. Martial arts to me is something that you can use anytime, anywhere, against anyone (given you had some essential gear e.g. weapons). This conflicts with boxing firstly because these guys don’t use their legs to fight. The biggest problem here is the lack of defense: boxers have a very high center of gravity, this keeps them light on their feet and easier to shift their weight around; the trade off is it’s much easier to impair their movement and damage the lower limbs (as well as groin shots), which is a fatal flaw on the streets. The second problem is they only have 2 weapons: their left fist and their right fist. So you’ve lost flexibility in your fighting, as oppose to those who train with kicks, knees, elbows, headbutts, grapples, palm strikes, throws, shoulder strikes……. and so on.

The cognitive state from doing boxing is also very different: due to the fact there are really only 2 hazards you have to worry about (left and right fist) this is where your concentration goes when you defend, and with the rules in the ring you don’t have to worry about the other guy doing anything tricky either. One example I always think of is weaving. Even though it’s used in other martial arts as well, there is no sense of danger in the boxing ring of someone kneeing you in the face, so the movements are more dramatic and lower. And I’m not sure how often this is used or is McKoy the only one to use it, but the “corkscrew” punch is another technique I find to be protected by the rules of no grappling and limb breaking. The corkscrew is THE example of an over extended and self-exposing move, to the point I personally think out weights the power of the punch.

[And no, I did not base all of this simply on a cartoon show… well maybe a bit on the corkscrew, but wiki’ed it and it was there so it’s fine by me]


when you think you’re all alone in this world…..

*taken at “yuen’s market”, sunnybank, QLD*


2 Responses to “Boxing: a martial art?”

  1. Raymond Lam Says:

    I believed boxing, objectively speaking, is not a well-rounded martial art. It’s a very COMMONSENSE, and EFFECTIVE defence technique against drunken pricks strapping for a brawl. But there’s a difference between the two.

  2. freakychinaman Says:

    Exactly, however I personally would give it more credit than for brawling with drunks… that’s just harsh…

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