H2H: Why Boxing Should be the Foundation to All Your Other H2H Training

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Boxing-it-the-Superior-Martial-Art1

“90% of all fights end up on the ground”

~ MMA Practitioners

“90% of all fights end up on the ground because 90% of people don’t know how to properly punch someone so they end the fight on their feet”

~ My Boxing Coach

Since the dawn of time, when man first beat another man’s ass into the ground no other fighting technique has been studied and analyzed to near level of perfection that boxing has. Sure there are many other great Martial Arts out there, but none have been scientifically refined into the pure brutality that Boxing is.

I am by no means saying a boxer can beat any other martial artist’s ass on the street 100% of the time, such internet arguments [“MMA is better than Kali”] are gay. I am simply pointing out the substantial advantages of boxing from the point of view of someone that has been in, or witnessed a substantial amount of H2H fights in a non sport environment.

And really when it comes down to it, no matter how skilled you are in any martial art – in a real fight [be it with firearms or fists], as in all warrior skills, victory will come down to the individual warrior having the heart and killer instinct to stand victorious over his adversaries.

Now let’s jump right into some of the reasons why Boxing is the best fighting style [in my opinion]:

Money
Money

Yep, like so many other things it is all about the Benjamin’s. Compared to all other fighting styles boxing produces the most money and has the highest ROI for a championship fight. For example, the amount of money made from a Heavyweight MMA championship match doesn’t even come close to the amount of revenue pulled in from a heavyweight boxing championship fight.

So a boxer is more likely to spend a million dollars to refine his skill [and thereby refining the art as a whole] so that he can win 20 million – comparatively, the Kickboxing industry does not have the same resources to refine their Martial Art

Basically the boxing industry is just like any other business, one invests a certain amount of money perfecting a product based on the amount of profit that product can potentially make. And because of that, the 10, 20 or even 100 million dollars a single championship boxing match can pull in - literally hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested into perfecting Boxing over the years.

Quite frankly to improve something, be it a Boxing or a Widget – you have to invest money into R&D. And no other fighting sport has been scientifically studied for the purposes of improving it to the extent that boxing has.

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Boxing-skills-are-centered-aground-the-individual-Fighters-abilities-and-is-Constantly-Evolving

Boxing is tailored around the strengths of the fighter, if a fighter has a superior jab and uppercut, then his coach will modify his fighting technique around his strengths [the jab and uppercut]. If another boxer has a devastating hook then his coach will center his fighting technique on his hook.

And unlike other more traditional martial arts boxing is continuously improved upon, if a coach, sports nutritionists or the fighter himself can change one thing to improve his performance by .001% they will – even if it is not in a boxing manual, actually there really are not that many Boxing manuals because of this [think about it, how many new boxing manuals are published every year compared to Kung Fu books].

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Overall-Fitness-is-an-integral-part-of-Boxing

I know Asian style martial artists who can smash their fist’s through 20 2X4’s like they are made of raw spaghetti, but if they tried to do that non-stop for 10 minutes they would stroke-out.

In boxing [and all warrior skills for that matter], fitness is equally important to the actual combat part. Generally speaking boxers are in superior physical condition compared to all other martial artists [given, pro MMA fighters are also in excellent shape].

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Realistic-pain-based-training1

Having trained in about 20 different styles of martial arts I thought I was pretty prepared the first time I sparred against another boxer. I went in thinking that the other guy was going to punch at 10% power like I did when I used to spar in Taekwondo – wrong, I got my ass whipped and knocked to the mat a dozen times in as many minutes.

It is hard not to improve when your punishment for non-performance is physical pain, and in boxing you get hit, and hit hard during training [especially compared to other martial arts]. No pain – no gain, you improve or you will continuously to get your ass kicked – this also builds perseverance and heart.

Additionally, if you were to actually ever get into a fight you will get punched, and after you get punched you will have to keep fighting until you either win or retreat. Having been already punched in the face 800 times in the past during training will prepare you for that.

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Punching-is-the-base-skill-of-all-H2H-fighting

Punching someone while standing face to face, Eye to Eye with another person is the root and base of H2H fighting. Punching is sort of like basic marksmanship in firearms training, until you first master hitting the target you sure as shit can’t be a High Speed Low Drag Shoot and Looter.

The same goes with H2H, you cannot expect to become proficient at an arguably superior “reality based” fighting technique like Krav Maga until you learn the basic skill of punching someone.

All real “street” fighting will start with throwing punches with your fists [because as a highly trained boxer/intelligent fighter you will choose the circumstances of the initial blows] so you must master this “basic” technique as it will be the most used one in your H2H arsenal.

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Your-punching-skill-is-based-around-knocking-someone-out-wearing-thick-gloves

Your punching skill is based around knocking someone out wearing thick gloves

Do you remember when Mike Tyson punched Mitch Green bare fisted? It was devastating; Mitch Green’s face looked like he was hit by a bus.

Because in boxing you learn how to hit hard enough to knock out or disorient someone when wearing thickly padded gloves you end up with an extremely hard hitting bare knuckled punch.

I have seen underground bare knuckle boxing before and it is brutal, people throw-up when watching it. The amount of damage a highly trained boxers fist can do when unsheathed is devastating.

In-Conclusion
In-Conclusion

I wanted to add in other things like the psychological aspects; in boxing you learn to read your opponent, boxers learn how to change their technique based on the way their opponents fight or their weaknesses and how boxing is the thinking warriors martial art - but this would have been a 30 page article if I included everything, maybe I can add a part 2 later.

Also - Boxing is not without its disadvantages, it will take a minimum of a year of regular training to become a proficient in boxing. This is not a fighting skill that can be learned in a seminar or by half-assing it 1 or 2 days a week at some yuppie fitness gym [here is a hint, if you go to a boxing gym and over 70% of the people inside are white - then it is not a real boxing gym].

And if all else fails you can just kick him in the balls

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~James G Founder - Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns, writing poorly written articles and punching people in the face. James G. on FACEBOOK