Monday, January 16, 2017

What place does boxing have in Marty Martin Karate

So when someone comes to me and wants to learn to protect themselves or a parent says their child is being bullied, I feel the need to give them a way to quickly defend against a basic attack, a quick way to build their confidence, a way to generate excitement and determination to want to learn more. My answer - beginner boxing!

As much as I believe in karate it takes time to learn how to do the basics and do them effectively. Conversely I love to integrate the concept of just getting your hands up and moving your forearms around to protect your face. As much as I love the reverse punch of karate it is faster and more effective to teach anyone how to jab and throw a right cross.

I teach students to execute basic boxing moves from the fighting stance and execute karate skills from the fighting horse. Its my method of integrating boxing skills into the beginner karate development. 

As such boxing skills are critical to the overall fight scenario. As part of my “Fight Skills” package boxing skills fill the void most martial artist styles have between when the fight starts and the committed attack happens. As with the majority of the Kenpo self-defense techniques which respond to a committed attack there are many actions that can take place from the time an attack changes from the verbal zone and closes the distance to be able to strike your opponent. Boxing, the movement, distance control and position offer the safest place to remain in control until the committed attacks takes place –then you adjust and integrate your response with your Kenpo Jiu Jitsu technique. This is the essence of my "Fight Skills"package.

As a positive by-product the conditioning drills typically associated with boxing skills add another dimension to training for any martial artist. The footwork and the cardio develop speed and agility both critical components of fighting skills conditioning and development.

Boxing is just one of the components in my fight skills package, if you would like to know more go to and read "Understanding Marty Martin Karate" and "Marty Martin Fight Skills".

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