Offensive moves can help to increase your chances of knocking out an opponent and keeping him down long enough to win, so learning those moves are important, but many times, the defensive movements can win your match. If the boxer can avoid punches from the other fighter, it helps to maintain his longevity and stamina throughout the match. Below are some of the techniques used with defensive boxing such as the bob and weave, the slip, the cover-up, and the parry/block.
The Bob and Weave: one or the most common seen techniques in boxing is the bob. This is when the boxer moves his head into the position the helps him to duck an incoming punch. The boxer will shift their body and quickly bend their legs to the right or left to avoid contacting the punch of the opponent. After the punch is missed, the boxer uses the weaving motion to come back to an upright position.
The Slip: slightly rotating the body when a punch is incoming is what slipping is. Doing this motion will cause the punch to go past the head without making a connection. When the punch gets close, the boxer will rotate his shoulders and hips in a sharp movement. This results in the chin being protected as the punch goes past the opponent.
The Cover-Up: covering up is typically a last resort for the fighter when their face or body is not protected. This involves the fighter holding their hands high up in from of their chin and head. If their body needs protection, they will tuck their forearms against their torso. Both fists are pressed together in front of their face to achieve head protection. This is a really poor method of protection to get out from under the attacks.
The Parry/Block: When a boxer uses their hands to defend themselves from an array of punching attacks, this is called the parry/block. The boxer uses their open hand, as a punch comes near, to send a quick blow in a lateral motion to the forearm or wrist of the opponent to redirect the punch.
These defense techniques are all important in keeping the boxer from becoming victim to the onslaught of punches from their opponent, thus keeping them in the ring longer and increasing their chances for a win.
How can boxing possibly relate to business? You might have asked yourself that question before you clicked on this article. And I don’t blame you. On a surface level, boxing and building a business are completely unrelated. But when you explore the creative side of your medulla oblongata, you can uncover a score of commonalties. At this point, you will realize that the art of boxing–the work ethic, the suffering, the number of times you get knocked down–has a lot to do with build a small, medium, or even enterprise business. I have sat down with a number of amateur boxers as they were rising to stardom, including Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather Junior., and they all had something to say about the similarities between boxing and entrepreneurship. Among the many things that we discussed, from training to being a champion, here are three critical takeaways that can benefit you in your personal and professional life.
- Keep making progress, even if you have to take baby steps. Let’s say you got 1% better every single day consistently throughout the year. That tiny, minuscule, seemingly unimportant forward movement equates to getting 365% after just one year! I hope that put things into perspective. And always, always, always celebrate the small wins. It helps you to keep going when times get tough (which they will).
- Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. After getting dragged through the mud, the most persistent of them all always comes out clean. Pain is always temporary, but it helps if you think of pain as “weakness leaving the body (or business).” Glory, however, lives forever. You’ll always be remembered for your greatness, whether you’re a scrappy entrepreneur or featherweight champion.
- Don’t go for the gusto right away. Barry Bonds hit a lot of home runs in his life, but it took him years of training to break the records that he did. Sometimes it’s best to be patient, actively listen, learn and improve, then to go straight for the grand prize. You’ll be much more equipped when the time comes if you stay poised during your rise to success.
If you apply some of these lessons to your daily life, you will watch yourself begin to soar. Whether your dream is to be a firefighter like your old grandpa, a martial arts master, or a military pilot, you can do anything you set your mind to. Keep moving forward, my friends.