Boxing is the one to one combat where punches are throw at your opponent with boxing gloves. It is a great martial art to learn to get yourself fit as it involve intense cardio workout.
It can be very much of a social sport as after the boxing training, you get to make friends and learn to respect your opponent when you practice boxing with them as your opponent in the sport. After an intense workout you will find that stress are release through the endorphins produced at the end of the classes,
Boxing consists of various aggressive punching moves to defeat your opponent and also various defence moves to protect yourself against your opponent punches.
Both the boxing punching and defence moves will enable you to be in control of situation, assess the strength and weakness of your opponent and react appropriately to get gain the upper hand in a bout. In Xpertmartial Arts, we have Boxing classes and Boxing classes for women. Click on the above link for details.
There are two types of boxing, amateur boxing and professional boxing. The differences are below.
Typically 3 rounds of 3 minutes bout.
Utilize a point scoring system for punches on head or on upper body.
Headgear is mandatory for protection during the match.
Boxers wear singlet.
Modest prize money involved
Typically 10 to 12 rounds bout.
Referee stop fight when contestant is seriously injured or technical knock out occurs.
No headgear worn during the match.
Male boxers bare chested.
Huge prize money involved.
Depending on your opponent stance, action and distance between you, you can connect to him via the Jab, Cross, Hook and Uppercut.
Jab – A straight drive or punch hurled with the lead hand from the guard position.
Cross – Also called a straight or right is a forceful straight drive or punch hurled with the rear hand.
Hook – A curved punch thrown with the lead hand that aim to connect to the side of the opponent’s head.
Uppercut – A rising upright punch thrown with the rear hand that aim to connect to the opponent chin.
Slip and/or Turn – alternate turning the body slightly to the direction of the punch such that an arriving punch passes weakly next to the head.
Bobing and Weaving – moves the head sideways and underneath an arriving punch.
Parry/Block – uses a punch at the wrist or forearm of the opponent to deflect the incoming attacks of the opponent.
Covering Up -Both hands are lifted high to cover and guard the head from an incoming punch and the chin and the forearms are placed against the body to block shots to the body while moving side to side to evade the opponent oncoming punches.
The Clinch – both fighters are close together within arm length, the boxer attempts to grasp or “tie up” the opponent’s hands so that his opponent hand is immobilise to throw any more punches..
The three types of defensive posiures used in boxing are:
• Peek a boo – Both hands are positioned next to each other in front of the face and both elbows are huddle tightly to the body.
• Cross armed – Both forearms are positioned on top of each other straight in front of the face with the boxing glove of one arm above the elbow of the other arm.
• Philly Shell or Crab – Lead arm is positioned across the body, with the shoulder lifted tight against the side of the face to block the opponent incoming punch. For protection, the back hand is positioned on the other side of the face.