Learning how to box is an essential skill to have for an effective self-defense performance. Develop a strong base of boxing skills, throw your hands like a pro and step on a higher level of the food chain.
In my opinion, if you don’t have a chance to train PROPER self-defense and attend PROPER reality self-defense classes, what I would recommend you is to find the closest boxing gym in your area and train that.
I think boxing is the very essence of all effective self-defense styles and should be trained, sparred, pressure-tested and mastered.
Here I mention some of the basic tools used in boxing, but straight from the start I encourage you – find a mentor and become really good in throwing your hands. Your future opponent’s will NOT appreciate it.
Before you learn how to fist-fight, you need to learn how to make a proper fighting fist so it can withstand the energy from the punch impact.
Not having your hand properly set up for the hit, can lead to a variety of injuries that may further influence your training and fighting abilities.
It is very important not only to know how the punches look on a video, but to actually hit something and get the feel of it. A taste of impact.
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Your punches should:
Fast hit with your lead/reaction hand and also one of the most important punches from them all, as it has more functions than just changing the layout of your opponents face.
In self-defense, we mainly apply speedy hits to make the opponent FLINCH and thus set up good ground for more violent/heavier follow up.
Even though I haven’t seen many coaches teach the Jab as a knockout tool, I would highly recommend that you also train the Jab as it would be.
The Jab is essential, because majority of people would start with this move. So why not making it the first and the last one your opponent would need to taste?
In order to be successful in delivering the hit from point "A" to point "HisFace", devote time to learning how to READ the Jab. It is as important as learning how to hide it and make it as non-telegraphic as possible.
Now – can people knock other people out with Jab? Absolutely! Should you train Jab to be fast, easy to follow up from and also to be able to put people to sleep with it from the first hit? Fuck Yeah!
This is your knock out tool. Cross is a linear strike from your rear/weapon hand that should carry a shit load of heavy impact power to your opponent’s guts.
Also a great counter punch when you come back to the battle zone after you dodged or covered your assailant’s attacks.
Very powerful tool, mainly for closer proximity fighting (logically - your hand is bent). They are excellent in delivering heavy impact, shatter opponent’s defense structure, turn him or to put him quickly to sleep.
When it comes to proximity, we do distinguish closer and longer hooks as some can be thrown from a very short distance and some from a longer – almost arm long distance.
For this case is very important how you place your fist. Ideally, you want to hit the opponent with your first two knuckles (the two biggest on your hand).
When you hook someone from close distance just turn your palm so it faces you – the two knuckles will then be on top and open to take the hit.
When hooking from a longer distance, there is a risk of hitting not with your knuckles, but with joints on your fingers, as your palm can not turn properly. That is why we turn the fist-palm so faces away from you. Try it.
One of the common mistakes people do when they hook is not raising their elbow enough. In such a case the hook (and wrist especially) is not fully supported by the whole arm structure and apart from not reaching the hook’s full power potential, they increase the risk of injury to the wrist and lower (weaker) two knuckles.
Keep in mind that your elbow should be high enough to make your hand parallel to the ground (at least).
A serious impact-dealing strike. If you know your uppercuts, you probably are a knockout machine.
Ideal tool for raising opponent’s head up, thus great set up for hook follow-ups or strikes to the neck.
When you do an uppercut, try not to open your self much and learn to strike from your closed guard. What I like to do is for example to throw uppercuts after I cover a body shot. My elbow is already down to protect my ribs, thus it is loaded for a solid upward punch.
Another thing you should be very much aware of is your wrist. In many cases it already happened that during impact the wrist loosened up and the blow killed the hand instead the receiver.
For self-defense training purposes, I highly recommend training uppercuts on BOB or a wall pad instead of a regular heavy bag. You’ll get more used to the human anatomy and learn to target your strikes properly.
Now you are theoretically familiar with the very basic skillset taught in boxing and particularly in every solid self-defense system.
Find a coach, train at home if you must, but get your body used to throwing fists properly and develop necessary muscle memory so boxing becomes natural to you.
Sharpen and polish your tools! Work on your combos, coordinate your movement - become a weapon!
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