We’re excited to announce the addition of Boxing classes to our weekly schedule here at Ivey League MMA.
These classes are being taught by professional Boxer and trainer Nick Kisner and go from 6:45-7:45pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Students who’re also looking to get some light sparring in are more then welcome to stick around after the classes.
Sparring will be overseen by Coaches Nick, Scott and myself (Danny). It’s not just Boxing sparring I should add.
Fighters training more for MMA or Kickboxing can also get that type of sparring in as well, again, while being watched over by the staff.
So far, these boxing classes have been a major hit with our students. Everyone has had nothing but positive feedback about the classes, techniques taught and Coach Nick.
Now with all that said, read below and I’ll do my best to explain why you should do yourself a favor and learn how to Box.
Boxing and how It fits in the overall Self-Defense/MMA picture
I assume you know and understand how Boxing works. Most people do because Boxing is a huge part of American sports, right up there with Baseball.
Famous names in Boxing are plentiful. Guys like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Joe Lewis are just a few names that come to mind.
For those not in the “Know”, Boxing is the art of punching, and only punching. In Boxing you’re not allowed to use many techniques that are common in MMA.
That means no kicking, knees, elbows, takedowns or any of that. Just punching.
Because of this limited use of weapons, Boxing is highly regarded as the best art to learn how to use your hands AKA, punch.
There’s a reason most UFC Fighters hire a good Boxing coach. Boxing skills are essential for success in the cage.
Nowadays I’m willing to bet that 95% of the top fighters in MMA are cross training with Boxing.
And make no mistake, we know Boxing works in the UFC, that’s a fact, so you know it’s gonna work just fine in a real world self-defense situation.
Just a basic understanding of simple skills like using the jab, the cross, ducking, footwork and so on, gives you a big advantage over your every day bar room brawler.
One of the big, maybe even the biggest reason you end up seeing more punching in MMA has a lot to do with takedowns.
When fighting a good wrestler or Judo guy, sticking mainly to Boxing is a much safer way to attack with strikes while avoiding being taken down to the ground.
Fighters who throw lots of kicks tend to leave themselves more vulnerable to being taken down. It’s a fact that when you kick it’s a lot easier for you to get taken down.
And if you’re more of a striker, or want to keep the fight on the feet, the ground is the last place you wanna end up.
Now here’s where you go from skilled to killing machine…
If you can Box, but also have good defense to takedowns, or happen to have good Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills on the ground, that’s when you’re really a dangerous person.
Boxing is also a great way to workout
Boxing also has the added benefit of doubling as a great, fun way to get a great workout. You learn to defense yourself and get in great shape, It’s fantastic.
Don’t believe me? That’s fine, try punching stuff for like 45 minutes, it gets pretty tiring.
Boxing gives you cardio for sure, and does a great job of toning up your body in places like the arms, shoulders and abdominal area.
At the end of the day, Boxing is awesome, and you should do it!
Give these new Boxing classes a try and you’ll experience first hand just how fun, exciting and effective it can be.
Take in all the benefits Boxing has to offer. You’ll be glad you did.
As an added bonus to this blog, I included some cool Boxing videos below. Check them out.