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We all have read or heard the connection between FMA and boxing. How many out there actually include boxing as part of there curriculum?

 Basic boxing is one of those elements that while not fancy , sexy or flashy just plain works and under bad conditions as well . The body mechanics developed by working your boxing will help your weapons training as well as the reverse

When I say boxing I don't just mean punching . I mean being able to throw combinations , slip , bob .weave and using footwork .

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I know that boxing plays an important role in many FMA fighting systems and for good reason.  It fits very well with FMA as far as hitting, evading, and  fast, efficient footwork.  I wish I could box but the truth be told, I've never been good at it no matter how much I practiced.  I sparred against good boxers and always ended up on my back.  I supplement my Eskrima with Pentjak Silat because it suits me better than boxing. 
Boxing comes with the standing rules, take the illegal blows combined them with trappings makes a good pangamut techniques. For example a good cross from the opponent, when you cross over the same side punch over a cross will trapped the elbow and arm over your shoulder given more pressure will break the elbow of your opponent! It is cheating but works in a real fight! The're are more techniques of cheating but believe me, they certainly work to survive the odds.

another great thing about boxing is it's great way to start students sparring with headgear and gloves makes it a little less scary for a beginner


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