Boxers generally do well in street fights, why ? Can a boxer beat a karate man on the street? Why is ant boxing more popular? How does judo rate against boxing? Which fighting style is best for you?
Not as popular as Asian martial arts?
In the last twenty or thirty years boxing has taken a back seat as a method of unarmed combat. The public have been hit by a barrage of martial arts films filled with high kicking action. Reality and fantasy merge in the minds of the masses and boxing clubs for many years became a rarity. This trend has started to reverse in recent years.
Simple things work.
The great strength of boxing in a street brawl is it’s simplicity. An experienced boxer gets very good at one thing, delivering hard punches. If all your training is aimed at knocking out your opponent with a punch the untrained half drunk opponent on the street probably won’t know what hit him!
Fancy moves with the feet are fun in a controlled environment but it’s the simple techniques that are easier to pull off when your under pressure.
Head high kicks leg sweeps arm locks and grappling are great if your an expert in them which can take many many years. A couple of years of getting in the ring and also punching a bag every day can make you an expert in punching in a much shorter time.
Boxers get used to being hit. A boxer will happily take a glancing blow in order to set up his better targeted counter. Being hit happens in any fight and if you don’t get hit then most times you were not in a fight you just beat up somebody. Martial arts that don’t allow full contact can miss out on conditioning training and could lack the confidence to brush off many blows.
Knowing that you can punch effectively and knowing that you can take a few blows if you have to will give you confidence in your capabilities. Being confident in a heated situation is a weapon in itself and can sow the seeds of doubt in your opponent. Being confident will help you to stay cool and calculating.
The big danger for a boxer going up against an opponent well trained in karate is going to be from from kicks and sweeps. Legs are longer and stronger than arms and if your not used to dealing with kicks you could get caught out.
I would recommend doing some light friendly sparring with a karate man just for the experiance. If you can get inside the kicking distance you will have made any well trained kicks irrelevant.
On the street if you can close in then the karate man will only get one brief chance to nail you with a kick. If you stay in kicking range and he is good then watch out.
A leg sweep can be used at a closer distance and you won’t see it coming. A sudden lose of balance can at the least be unsettleing. A well executed sweep can be very effective even against a larger opponent. The good newes if your a boxer is that an effective sweep requires very good timing and considerable skill.
Judo does not teach any punches or kicks, that’s the good news, the only good news. As with boxing against karate it’s all about the distance that you fight at. Once a judo man has got hold of you your probably going to be on your back in seconds. The fun doesn’t stop there because you will probably get your opponents body on top of you a split second later, slamming you further into the pavement.
Your best and only chance with judo is to nail him before he can get a grip on you.
To be surprised is to be destroyed.
Boxers who learn other styles.
Boxings greatest strength is also it’s weakness. By specialising in punches you are limited in some situations. A few years of hard consistent training in boxing is hard to match for effective self defence. After you have become skilled in boxing learning something of one or even two other martial arts would be interesting fun and will make you a more well rounded fighter.
Is boxing for you?
Boxing takes courage because getting in the ring means you will be hit many times. Not everyone is a fighter including some black belts. To be a boxer means that your prepared to risk considerable damage just to be acknowledged in your sport. It takes a certain type to get seriously good at boxing and that certain type would probably always done well in street encounters anyway. Arm that certain type with a high level of fitness, the ability to dodge deflect or take blows, as well as give them, and you have a winning combination for most street brawls. To take up boxing and to stick with it requires you to be a fighter. Are you a fighter you won’t know till you try?