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Is Boxing Good for Self Defense

Boxing is undoubtedly a popular sport and can be a lucrative career path for a small percentage of people. It’s also quite fun and exciting to watch. These days, we get to enjoy incredible fighters like Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Anthony Joshua, and Tyson Fury bless the ring with their presence. But what about self-defense? If you’re interested in signing up for boxing to improve your self-defense abilities, would it help you? Let’s find out.


Boxing For Self-Defense?


At first glance, boxing might seem like one of the simplest martial arts out there:


Land punches and avoid getting hit.


This certainly makes up a big part of

boxing, but the art is much more nuanced than most people imagine. You have to master footwork, learn how to maintain distance, know when to attack, and more. You also need to become a master of blocking and avoiding punches, learning how to get out of a tight spot, and, of course, land effective strikes. All of this takes years to understand and master. The difference between a good boxer and a great one is often night and day. The great news is, all of this means that boxing is a fantastic sport for teaching practical self-defense. Thanks to the variety of defensive and offensive maneuvers, footwork tricks, strikes, and combinations, proficient boxers will always have a chance to defen