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A Boxing Coach’s Insight On The Art Of Boxing

When the average person thinks of boxing, images of bloodshed, pain, and brutality come to mind. While boxing is often seen as the hurt business, I, as a coach deeply involved in the world of boxing, believe it is a true form of ART!

How can a sport as grueling and violent as boxing be considered art? Allow me to share my perspective.

Definition of Art:

1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power—works produced by human creative skill and imagination.

2. The various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance. “The visual arts.”

3. A skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through PRACTICE.

As a coach, I draw parallels between boxing and martial arts; both require careful instruction.

Mastering the fundamentals, techniques, skills, and diverse styles of boxing demands unwavering dedication and hard work. Boxing, like any true art form, MUST BE TAUGHT effectively to fighters eager to learn. In today’s fight game, there seems to be a shortage of old-school trainers who truly understand the art of teaching. The sport requires more teachers and historians of the game, not just strength and conditioning coaches. True students in the fight game are not merely willing to learn; they are eager to learn, embodying what it means to be COACHABLE. Patience, discipline, and a commitment to practice and repetition are crucial. World champions aren’t made overnight, and neither are formidable fighters!

Boxing Styles

As a coach, I emphasize that boxing styles define fighters, and mastering a chosen style is a result of years of training and relentless commitment. Notable styles include:

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• The brawler/slugger: This fighter goes toe-to-toe, applying constant pressure on the inside.

• The outside boxer: This strategic fighter avoids risks on the inside, maintaining distance with quick, long-range shots.

• The counterpuncher: A defensive master who anticipates and punishes opponents for their misses.

• The switch hitter: A versatile fighter capable of seamlessly switching between orthodox and southpaw stances, posing a constant challenge for opponents.

Uniqueness

Every fighter is unique, and as a coach, I encourage each individual to add their creative touch to their fighting style. Roy Jones Jr., for instance, defied traditional boxing styles with his powerful, speedy, slick, and unorthodox approach. Embracing and enhancing one’s uniqueness is what makes boxing a genuine form of art.

Mindset and Focus

As a coach, I understand that only a select few fighters are wired to enjoy the mental strategizing and chess matches to methodically break down opponents. Visualization is key, from training shaping the mind, body, and soul to envisioning the entire fight process before it even happens.

The art of boxing is the ability to visualize a masterpiece and continuously put in the work to bring it to life!

Written by:

Thomas E. Kennedy III 

Boxing Coach

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