Is Boxing a Martial Art? | ART OF ONE DOJO

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  1. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    Is boxing a form of martial arts and should boxing moves be a respected in MMA fights as other martial arts moves are? I think boxing is highly underrated by MMA fans.
     
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  2. Toney F*** U

    Toney F*** U Boxing junkie Full Member

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    It is a martial art and it’s underrated by mma fans because they use a different form of it that isn’t as effective.
     
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    SHADAPBLAD Viscous Knockouts Full Member

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    Why not? Boxers have belts and wear bathrobes just like those karate guys
     
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    Minotauro Boxing Addict Full Member

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    Yeap maybe a different progression like he belts system but defiantly effective form of fighting especially the old style with clinch fighting like a Joe Gans, Johnson etc.
     
  5. Girlfighter

    Girlfighter New Member Full Member

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    I disagree that boxing is not respected by MMA practitioners. A lot of them incorporate boxing training to enhance their striking.
     
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    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I'll second this.

    MMA fighters totally do boxing training since it's pretty much the top of the line insofar as striking with the hands is concerned. But the difference is generally in the stance. Boxers tend to fight foot forward, whereas MMA guys fight feet apart, because they have to keep the takedown in mind as well as kicks to the lead leg.
     
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  7. mark ant

    mark ant Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I meant MMA fans not practitioners.
     
  8. Samart'sTeep

    Samart'sTeep New Member Full Member

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    It depends on how you define martial art. Traditionally, martial arts are thought of as being combat systems of Chinese, Japanese or East Asian origin that were conceived for military training and warfare purposes. Under that definition, western boxing is not a martial art.

    However, according to wikipedia, the term martial arts originated in European culture and is a reference to the Roman god Mars, who is the god of war. We know that boxing was one of the original sports practiced in the ancient Olympic games, and it was a fixture in Roman culture as well. And apparently, boxing training was at least somewhat incorporated in Greco-Roman military training, especially in Spartan culture.

    So, according to that information, it would be considered a martial art and perhaps the oldest martial art in the world aside from Greco-Roman wrestling. Either way, it's a combat system that requires intense dedication and decades to develop and master its skills. In this way, it's no different than Judo, Karate, Muay Thai or any other martial art.

    Still, I don't think most boxers would consider it to be a martial art. There isn't much spiritual or cultural aspects that are attached to boxing training that you see in other martial arts. Maybe someone like Manny Pacquaio or Naoya Inoue would disagree with that.
     
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    Tom Riddle New Member Full Member

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  10. Seamus2

    Seamus2 Boxing's Nike Vaporfly. banned Full Member

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    It never used to be but it becoming a martial art as it improves.

    Proof is that it is a style in MMA, just like BJJ, catch etc.