Boxing For Self Defense, Getting in Shape, and Being A Well Rounded Martial Artist
Coach Glove working with a beginner on the jab.
We offer Boxing for our students that want to learn to punch and defend punches. There are 4 ranges of self defense:
- Kicking (the most distance between you and your attacker or partner)
- Clinching / Takedowns / Standing Grappling
- Ground Grappling
All self defense situations start standing, and usually end up in close and on the ground. And the most common attack you will find on the street is someone trying to punch you in the face. Boxing is unquestionably one of the most effective systems for learning to punch and defend punches.
The Basics of Boxing
In terms of punching, Boxing mainly teaches 4 strikes:
- The jab (the straight punch with your front hand)
- The cross (the straight punch with your back hand)
- The hook (shorter range punch that comes in from the sides, with either hand)
- The uppercut (similar to a hook, but it comes straight up)
In addition to striking, students must learn the head movement and footwork for offense and defense.
All of our classes focus on the basics of Boxing. The classes have a lot of conditioning (Boxers are some of the best conditioned athletes in the world), technique work, mitt work, and some sparring. Our sparring is light contact. Here is a video of one of our classes with Johnny “Glove” Glover, who was ranked 7th in the world by the WBO. Here he is doing mitt work with one of our students with a few months working with Coach Glove.
As you can see in the video, Coach Glove runs a high energy class! It’s a great way to get in shape, learn an important aspect of self defense, and relieve stress.
If Want To Learn All Ranges of Self Defense
If you are interested in learning all ranges of self defense, or you want to get a great cross training workout, or you just want to be a well rounded martial artist, we offer classes for the other ranges of self defense outside of punching: Muay Thai: kicking, clinchwork (including knees and elbows), as well as punching. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: grappling on the ground with the goal being a submission, or superior position. We teach BJJ with the gi (uniform) and no gi (just a t-shirt or rash guard). Judo: takedowns with the gi (but also can be applied without the uniform).