I took boxing classes for a short couple of years. There are gyms that have these classes everywhere. I think they are fun means to stay in shape and if you are aware of the risks, it can support a means of self defense.
Muay Thai Kickboxing
This style of kickboxing incorporates head, elbows and knee strikes. The tools are basic and effective that makes for good striking methods for combative sports. Kicking the bags is very satisfying!
The footwork and no nonsense science of striking makes this a highly respected and fun sport.
- Portland, Oregon
- Started in June, 2018. Trained for a year.
- Arvada, Colorado
- Trained for most of 2010
Like any modern combat sport it has inherent risks as a means of self defense:
Breaking your hands
Let’s be real. Western Boxing has evolved from bare-fisted boxing, which makes them very different because of the glove. The glove is a product not for protection, but for entertainment. Bare-fisted boxing is boring to watch because these skilled practitioners knew better not to break their hands by throwing a lot of exciting wild shots at exposed bony parts. Not to say you can’t use combative sport tools to defend your self out of the ring, you just have to be more mindful of the risks.
I love to bounce and move my feet in rhythm, because the fluidity sustained by stamina makes for great training sessions. It can be useful in the ring, but I have a lot of reservations on its use out of the ring. First off, bouncing with your guard up probably means that you are fighting for ego and not for your life.
Get in fast, get out fast.
Having very quick feet is great, but when you combine it with rhythmic bouncing you expose yourself to ending on the ground. For out of the ring, I prefer my tools to be explosive and non-telegraphic.
What’s that movie where Batman’s Sifu keeps telling him to mind his environment? The most obvious constraint is an environment of money and rules. If I found myself on my back with the floor in a large empty room with a killer, I think the most practical choice is to use the brilliant art of Brazilian Jujitsu.