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This year also brought us the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world in probably the biggest upset in the history of the sport since Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson 1990, thus making Mexico the first country other than the US to have had world champions in every single weight class.
Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz is set to rematch Anthony Joshua this December so we'll see if he can keep his crown for long.
Edited by Gaon on Sep 5th 2019 at 4:35:07 AM
@PRC - Oh hot damn, the victor was aggressive and managed to be surgical at the same time. Solid fight!
Yeah, Zhang Weili's a hell of a striker with crazy distance handling and reflexes. Sanda background doesn't hurt either for grappling.
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So I started to check out boxing and currently looking for a gym.
It's going to be a big commitment or anything, I'm just gonna try it out for one month and decide afterward. Of course, it won't be even enough to cover all the basics, but that's fine by me.
I recommend it. Boxing is an awesome martial art, but it's inevitably gonna take a while for you to catch the fundamentals on footwork and distance.
So, I decided to learn boxing for a month and started my first day today.
...Okay, how can a martial art that doesn't even use feet (other than for footworks, that is) kick my ass so hard?
I knew I was in a world of hurt when I began to struggle even at jump roping. I totally forgot that it's a pretty darn important aspect of boxing. And my God, that was only warm up. XP
I was first taught the basic stance. As someone who values Boring, but Practical aspects of martial art like stance and footworks, I tried my best to do it as accurately as possible. So far so good!
And then I was instructed to...I don't know the phrase, hop and down on feet. Then step forward and backward. That, was another massive asskicking.
After that came basic jab and straight. Honestly, in the span of one month, I don't even need to learn hook or upper cut, if I get those two right, it would be tuition well worth it.
Then a whole lot of mitt punching. I think I hit it at least two hundred times, during which I learned that I punched like a wuss.
Finally, I was given a punch bag that I could go crazy on...but by then I was so exhausted I was pretty gentlemanly towards it.
All in all, extremely good workout and I think I'm going at the decent pace of learning. Hoo boy, the last time I got pushed this physically hard was during my high school basketball team conditioning.
Glad to see you checked it out. Boxing is a wild sport and like I said, it takes a while to catch the usual mechanics of footwork, distance and positioning (the trickiest parts for me).
If I'm thinking of the right thing, I believe that would be just called "bounce".
You could start watching some Youtube channels to keep up boxing immersion. The two most famous for their breakdowns are Modern Martial Artist and Lee Wylie. I have my criticisms for both as far as their own biases but alas:
There's also a Imgur fellow who does some solid breakdowns of fights.
For boxing history, moreso than technique, there's Rummy's Corner:
For tributes and highlight videos the most prolific is Hanzagod:
While I'm on that subject, there was a youtuber called Mr. X who did boxing tributes but stopped six years ago and only has a handful of tribute videos. But he made my literal favorite boxing tribute video about one of my favorite fighters (possibly my favorite):
Oh yeah, no doubt. I learned during my time wrestling in college that basics are the most important. During my own (admittedly short) experience and watching boxing and UFC matches, I came to notice that fighters who have the most solid basics tend to have relatively longer and stable careers.
During my first month of boxing, I don't expect to learn anything complicated. Hell, I don't need to learn hook and uppercut, just getting the hang of jab, straight, and their combinations, as well as posture, footwork, and jump ropes, I would call it a successful one.
That's good thinking. The saying goes "The man who rules the left, rules the world" (left here meaning the left jab deployed by orthodox-stance boxers).
I like the jab so much I use a Orthodox stance despite being left-handed.
Day 2 of Boxing.
Goddamn, while I was fully expecting and preparing to grind myself with basics, I wasn't quite ready to spend like half of the lesson how to...take a small step. Apparently whenever I keep practically leaping forward. I'd get punched in the face midair, my instructor says.
Body punch bag: Apparently it takes a lot of practice to keep hitting it without making it violently swing around and nearly knock you back.
Jump rope: This is one area where I made the most progress. It still gets my breath so hard, but at least my form got a lot better and my feet hurt a lot less.
Day 6 and week 2 of boxing.
I mostly got the hang of jab, cross, and 1-2 combination. I will be learning hook and maybe uppercut next week. Neat.
Although what I want to learn next is neither of those punches. Instead, I wannna learn how to step left and right.
I actually got complimented by the gym's coach for my appreciation of and commitment to learning the basics. Apparently he struggles with uppity people who keep wanting to learn more advanced stuff before getting the basics right.
I'm a fan of hooks (I'm what one could call "a hooker" in boxing terminology). They're probably the trickiest of the "basic" punches to learn in my opinion, though. In my early days I kept throwing the hook from too low and basically ended up with hook-uppercut hybrids.
"In my early days I kept throwing the hook from too low and basically ended up with hook-uppercut hybrids."
Aren't those just shovel hooks?
I meant more in the sense I kept my elbow too low and turned my wrist to do a hook (which is a good way to mess up your wrist), instead of tilting my whole arm with the punch like you're supposed to do. But yeah it was similar.
Edited by Gaon on Oct 14th 2019 at 11:53:29 AM
Day 7 of boxing, in which I learned Hook.
So apparently I was so obsessed with jab and straight(or is it cross, I dunno), I got those two nearly perfect, and I got to learn hook.
Hoo boy, hook really is tricky. Left hook is tricky because I can't put enough force into it. Right hook is even more difficult, because it keeps throwing my whole balance off. For the first time ever, I tried to throw a punch and tripping myself.
It felt very differrnt from jab and straight in that it was very close-range attack, even in a martial art standards. I feel that this and uppercut are in-fighter punches, while jab and straight are for outboxers (of course, both would have to use all the punches at the right moments).
Lesson of the day: it's all about balance and pivoting.
Edited by dRoy on Oct 17th 2019 at 1:30:01 AM
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