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Why do boxers huff each time they throw a punch?

I am an amateur boxer competing so perhaps I can share some insight. Basically breathing technique is a major aspect one needs to learn. You can very quickly gas out (lose your breath, which also ...
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Why don't male professional boxers wear shirts?

There are many reasons for this. Boxers use oil/vaseline to make their bodies more slippery. Obviously doesn't work in a tank-top. 12-rounds of boxing against 8/10oz gloves would end up wrecking an ...
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Is laundry punching bag the same as regular punching bag?

It's hard to tell without examining or testing the actual item, but I'm skeptical that they would be the same. It's marketed as a "novelty", which is often used as shorthand for "not ...
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Defence in martial arts in general

One thing to realize is that you have two factors that affect blocking a strike: 1) reaction time, and 2) tracking. Reaction time is the time taken by your brain to notice the strike coming towards ...
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How to effectively defend against a boxer with kicks

The subject of "puncher vs. kicker vs. wrestler" comes up a lot in martial arts. The general philosophy that's put forward is: "Don't box a boxer. Don't kick a kicker. Don't wrestle a wrestler." The ...
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Why do boxers huff each time they throw a punch?

Exhaling on a strike is common in many martial arts as well as boxing (most forms of Karate and Tae Kwon Do for example). The purpose of a short sharp exhalation at the end of the technique is to ...
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Scientific evidence that punches to the head is harmful in boxing? (Even with protective gear)

Yes, there is scientific evidence that boxing is harmful to the head - Amateur/Olympic boxers show cerebrospinal fluid changes indicative of neural injury Neurochemical aftermath of boxing (Note - ...
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Any conditioning exercise that can prevent concussion caused by a punch or kick to the head or neck?

My first piece of advice is to see a doctor. If you are suffering something other than a concussion, that's important to know. However, if you are suffering concussions, you are risking your health ...
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Is the differentiation between southpaw and orthodox stance useful?

Symmetric training is encouraged only at higher levels, and only by some coaches. The reason people mostly stick to their base stance in training is because "you need to learn to walk before you can ...
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Can one be a formidable MT fighter, if they are unable to jump-rope, swim, cycle, or run long distances?

The only thing wrong is that you are currently out of shape and really have presented no evidence that you are doing anything to get back into shape. I used to play basketball a lot, I could play 3 ...
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Why does every boxing coach recommend this stance that nobody actually uses?

What am I missing? You're not watching boxers train, you're watching them fight, and at a high level. Watch amateur and olympic boxing, rather than solely pro-level fighters. When learning to box, ...
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If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?

The fact that Wladimir Klitscho could hug his way to win after win keeps me up at night tbh... Clinching is difficult to manage as a ringleader. That's why, I assume, it goes unpunished. At one point,...
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Why do Boxers always grab each other mid match?

Put simply, the clinch is a defensive tactic that is pretty effective in reducing the amount that you are being punched for a low expenditure of energy that is largely permissible in the rules. By &...
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Why is blindness or eye rupture not more common in boxing or MMA?

As per "Eye Trauma in Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing" and "The Trouble With Having Fun: Eye and Head Trauma From Sports", boxing and MMA are not devoid of eye injuries. In total ...
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Why do boxers huff each time they throw a punch?

There are few reasons for this: remembering to breathe correctly. tightening your core muscles adding additional explosiveness to your punch relieving unnecessary tension in your muscles
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Are mouth guard the same for all sports?

No they are not. The mouth guards are designed to protect against different kinds of impact most common to sports. You have the top only mouth guard which is meant to be something between your teeth ...
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20 years old, 0 experience with Martial Arts but I want to start learning how to spar for Boxing

I would not recommend learning to spar for boxing from a friend who "knows" karate. Karate is not boxing They are two separate sports, with distinctive styles and techniques. The adaptability of ...
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Should a boxing beginner always keep his/her hands up high?

There's keeping your hands up high, and then there's covering up completely. Usually the one leads to the other. A high guard allows you to transition to a cover-up real quickly. It also keeps your ...
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Should eyesight factor into the boxing stance a fighter chooses?

I prefer to be left hand forward, if I am hit in the right eye (and it swells/vision blurred etc.) I feel able to carry on. If I lose some vision in my left eye, I struggle much more, I have to turn ...
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What are the major differences between a mentor and a cornerman, and why would one be preferable to the other?

There is a judo version of this question about the difference between a sensei (mentor) and coach (cornerman). The United States Judo Federation has a long answer to this question that considers the ...
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Getting back up after getting knocked down: How to recover quickly and get rid of the dizziness?

If you are sparring hard and you get hit, you don't have the time to pause and call your family doctor. I want to know how experts (i.e., those who have serious sparring experience) deal with this. I'...
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

The primary reason for mouth-guards is to guard against the damage that happens when they teeth crash into each other. For that reason, a single-mouth guard is generally sufficient, providing a guard ...
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Punching with knuckles first correctly

It is normal for the middle knuckles of your fingers to lead your first knuckles (top knuckles). This protrusion of the middle knuckles is exaggerated when wearing gloves. Your middle knuckles will be ...
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Using the move from the matrix as a fighting technique

You can dodge punches but doing so by leaning backwards is usually a really bad idea. I believe I have seen some boxers do it when against the ropes, but only really to show off. The issue is that you ...
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How does a person who just watches youtube videos to learn martial arts beat me in sparring?

The question asked is how can someone who hasn't trained in any martial art do better than someone who has been training somewhere. This actually occurs all the time in martial arts. It happened to me,...
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Why some people think that martial arts are useless?

Useful or useless for what? Plain sentences like "XYZ is useless" do not make much sense since they do not specify what the use in mind is. If your only goal is to get home without being ...
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Strategy for defence in street fight for good kicker who throw punches in short distance

In a street assault, the normal action is that an opponent will be attacking you by surprise, possibly from behind, or where you are unable to fully maneuver. However, the situation you describe the ...
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Concussion in light sparring

Yes, there's a danger of concussion. My answer to another question on concusssions. Do you know what sports end up getting a surprising amount of concussions? Soccer and volleyball. It's not ...
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Why was `Rumble in the Jungle` held in Zaire?

Short version, Don King signed on Ali and Foreman with the promise of a $5 million purse, but didn't have the cash, so he accepted an offer to host and finance by Mobutu Sese Seko. (Wikipedia) Don ...
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Does glove size make any difference?

With no context yes, but in this situation (McGregor vs Mayweather) very little, if any. MMA gloves are 4oz. Many of the strikes that land in MMA would not land if they were wearing larger gloves. ...
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