Pugilism still exist?
Does anyone still practice the original form of pugilism, before it turned into prize fighting. I understand they used kicks, sweeps, stomps, eye gouging and some throws. There was just no fighting on the ground.
It must have been an effective martial art if you could go unarmed in those violent times. I'd like to learn more about authentic pugilism.
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It sounds like you've got some stuff right & a bunch of stuff wrong. There are threads about pre-queensbury prizefighting all over this forum. Look around.
As SGB-ape mentioned old chap,
There is some good thread about the rule, If I remember well DdLR posted it.
In England Linacre school in oxford do practice pugilism, chancoring and all.
Very early the rules excluded gauging, hooking and kicking. Stomping and ground fighting was de-facto out as the end of the round was one participant was knocked down.
They were no more violent that today, the application of force was just perceived differently by the society of the time.
As far as being the deadly off old, well fighting is a bit like getting someone of the gender you are attracted to in your bed, every one knows where to strike, the real trick is to getting yourself in position to do so.
Originally Posted by willaume
As to the OP: Search funktion was already mentioned, so I will restrain myself and only add the following:
I doubt anyone with legitimate knowledge is practicing eye-gouges. Using stuff like that in a realistic self-defense situation, will most likely get you into jail. Ever heard of "reasonable force"?
A friend of mine got into trouble because he double-fractured someones jaw with a plain old right-hook in self-defense. Guess what the judge would have said if he had permanently blinded his opponent?
For me personally, eye-gouges are thus kinda like an instant "instructor is a bullshidoka or an unrealistic larper" warning.
If you still want to do it... poking someone into the eyes is not exactly an art normal people have to practice for.
If you are looking for a legit european style with boxing, kicking, sweeps, throws, locks and whatnot, I would say "savate (boxe francaise) defense" is a possible way to go. I hear that good schools are hard to find though, even in france.
What everyone else already said. There are a whole bunch of old school boxing manuals here: http://stores.lulu.com/lawson
Moving along - Kicking:
Doran's boxing manual has an interesting take on kicking along with a way to "accidentally" knee your opponent in the face: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperbac...efense/7578495
Allanson-Winn has a small section at the back of his boxing manual which includes self defense and la Savate: http://www.lulu.com/content/paperbac...boxing/6494108
Peace favor your sword,
I almost saw some old style Pugilism break out at a bar last night! lol
How far back are we talking though? Turn of the century bare knuckles boxing matches that went on for 100+ rounds? Roman style with the "cestus" leather and lead hand wraps? Or the even earlier Greek style with bare knuckles and asses?
Honestly, sport boxing is about as close as I think you'll get in modern America, outside of a "fight club" or some underground "Human Cock Fight". I mean, do you really want to get hit full force in the face by a guy wearing cestus? Even with modern gloves you'll get your clock adequately cleaned by a normal boxer if he lands a good strike.
As for self defense? I think Muay Tai would be the closest available style if you want to concentrate on relatively unpadded striking and kicking. Also includes knees and elbows which give you more striking power at ranges too close to effectively punch or kick.
Good luck, and train safe!
Their is a American Rough & Tumble fighting that included eye gouging but those fights were usually unarmed duals to death were anything went except for weapons.
Dr. Les Moore, an instructor at the recent WMAW conference in Wisconsin, teaches what he says is a method of bare-knuckle boxing passed down since the 19th century through family connections in the Appalachians. It's an unusual claim, but I've taken classes with him and TBH it seems pretty legit to me.
Otherwise, yes, there are several clubs around the world that have reconstructed historical forms of pugilism.
There is a general problem with such claims, as they are obviously easy to come up with and hard to prove or disprove.
Originally Posted by DdlR
There is also often a distinct lack of "quality control" in family systems nowadays (because even in the remotest backwater ditch you just do not fight for your life on a regular basis anymore, and even traditional contests of folk-style wrestling or boxing are dieing out rapidly). Combined with the very small group of teachers such systems typically have, they might degrade to utter nonsense pretty fast, without anyone inside the system noticing.
Yet I would not deem it unusual or even unlikely for something useful to survive. Lets just say, I can vouch for this possibility from personal experience. ;-)
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