Why does boxing get called simple?
After reading the above post* in a thread about adding judo to karate, I realized that I seem to here the whole "boxing is simple" statement more often then I should. I have never boxed myself but I would hardly qualify it as simple, understanding timing and distance as well as movement and a host of other factors makes boxing just as complicated as any other striking art.
Originally Posted by honest_truth
Simply because boxing deals specificaly with punches does not make it simple, just because boxing does not name a 60 technique syllabus does not make it simple. Honestly I just don't understand how it came to be that boxing has been labeled this way.
*I do not believe that honest_truth thinks boxing is simple nor is this meant to be argumentative or an attack on him/her.
I'd be willing to venture that most of the people who honestly believe that boxing is simple aren't any more aware of the training (and the thought that goes into the training) than the 'Rocky' films would make anyone else. They see two beefy professionals get in a ring and slug it out, not looking for anything subtle in it and not caring what happens before or after.
And even fewer people give any kind of thought to the history of the sport. . .
Mt guess is they are ignorant to the underlying strategies and nuances of the game.
Like a lot of things. It is as simple as the guy you are fighting.
Very well put.
Originally Posted by gregaquaman
they are just repeating something they heard from someone who they believe knows what they're on about, usually a TMA instructor/imposter.
Deep down inside they know their **** don't work and need to put down a respected art whilst building up their own , or at least putting themselves in the same league.
I think it's akin to people thinking the ground game in MMA is just a couple of dudes (or chicks nowadays) rolling around together without much skill. If you know nothing about grappling it probably looks that way even between 2 high level competitors.
Honestly? You took that post out of context. The OP of that thread, where you took this quote, implied that adding throws from judo to Karate would be easy. IMO, honest_truth is saying yeah punching is easy, but everything else like this:
Originally Posted by judojeff
Bobbing and Weaving
Is what makes punching the art of boxing and it isn't simple. He wrote that poorly especially when the context is missing.
Boxing has a really simple premise but infinite variation.
My point has flown over your head.
I am saying that the offensive premise of boxing is very simple because there are only so many punching techniques you can do, and yet a whole sport was created around it because of everything else that needs to be learned and practised besides just punching.
That thread's OP was asking what Judo throws to add to his karate and listed 7 he already practices, I told him to concentrate on grip fighting and timing over learning more techniques.
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