Evasion

Evasion is the method of defense whereby you force an opponent to miss a punch without any physical contact. It is the preferred method because it throws an opponent off balance without interfering with your equilibrium. It opens him up, but allows you complete punching freedom. Evasion is achieved by (1) SLIPPING, (2) BOBBING, (3) FOOTWORK, and (4) PULLING AWAY. A SLIP is the evasion of a straight punch to the head by shifting the head to either side of the punch, and letting the punch slip...

The Power Line

The movements in the second part of a straight jolt are just as simple as those in the falling step yet, strangely enough, that part of the punch has been the big blind spot in hitting since the days of Jim Figg in the early 1700's. He was the father of modern boxing. By the time John L. Sullivan and later old masters came along, many outstanding punchers had eliminated that blind spot with their knowledge of punching technique. But today that area of darkness is bigger than at any time since...

Relaying and Exploding

You have learned how to set your body-weight into motion for a long-range jolt. And you have located the power line and its exit. Now you are ready to learn the relay and explosion. You can do that best by throwing a jolt. First, we must get something to punch-something you can hit solidly without injuring your fists. First, we must get something to punch-something you can hit solidly without injuring your fists. If you can go into a gymnasium, swell for in a gym you'll find an inflated,...

Punchers Are Made Not Born

Louis retired as undefeated heavyweight champion in 1949. And I'll bet that, as he retired, Joe considered himself a natural-born puncher. I know that's probably true because I had the same mistaken idea about myself during my career and for a time after I hung up my gloves, If you're a punching champion it's natural for you to get the wrong appreciation of yourself. Hundreds of admirers pat you on the back and tell you what a natural-born fighter you are. And when you're swept along toward...

Purity in Punching

Figure Uppercut Kettlebell

The stepping straight punch, which you learned earlier, is pure because it has all the essentials of a punch. One of those essentials is this THE BODY-WEIGHT MUST BE MOVING IN THE SAME DIRECTION THAT YOUR STRIKING KNUCKLES ARE POINTING. In other words, the body-weight must be moving in the same direction that the exit of your power line is pointing. When you punch straight from the falling step, the fall and the right-foot spring send your body-weight straight forward-in the same direction your...

General Defense and Blocking

Blocking Jab

For our purposes defense means this how to prevent a starting punch from landing on its target, and how to counter with a punch. Punches thrown at you by an opponent will include blows aimed for head or body with either hand. They can be swings, hooks, uppercuts or straight punches. They can be prevented from landing on their targets by three methods 1 COMPLETE EVASION of the blow by slipping, bobbing, pulling away or side-stepping 2 DEFLECTION of the blow by parrying brushing away with the...

Feinting and Drawing

Double Shift Punch

I warned you earlier against using light stuff to make openings or to set up opponents. I stressed that you took just as much of a gamble when you tapped an opponent with a left jab as when you hit him with a left jolt that might knock him down. Any time you extend your left fist to an opponent's head for a tap or for a jolt you may be countered with a left jab, a right cross, or hooks on slips to the body. Note also that there's a big difference between making an opening and setting up an...

Differences between Fist Fighting and Boxing

Anger provides the No. 1 difference between a fist-fight and a boxing bout. Anger is an unwelcome guest in any department of boxing. From the first time a chap draws on gloves as a beginner, he is taught to keep his temper-never to lose his head. When a boxer gives way to anger, he becomes a natural fighter who tosses science into the bucket. When that occurs in the amateur or professional ring, the lost-head fighter leaves himself open and becomes an easy target for a sharpshooting opponent....