This is a martial arts style practiced by many cultures in the ancient world (reaching into the Bronze Age and prehistory), especially the Greeks and (Asian) Indians. A form of boxing known as ch'uan p'o was known in China as early as 700 BC. Ancient Boxing is simpler than modern boxing, nowhere near as scientific or punishing in application.
In the Greek form of the art, fighting stance consists of the pugilist keeping his blocking (usually left) arm outstretched , with the hand usually open, and keeping his striking hand cocked back for blows.
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