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Category: Boxing Techniques

The Boilermaker Exhibition

The Boilermaker Exhibition

Lest We Forget… Mixed martial arts, mixed matches, and combination fights are not a new development. Even when following Greek pancratium and its long lineage through the fearsome hybridization melting pot of American Frontier rough & tumble, fights that were more than mere boxing—more than mere grappling—have been of great interest.

Sandy Saddler’s Slashing Jab by Mark Hatmaker

Sandy Saddler’s Slashing Jab by Mark Hatmaker

One of the Undisputed Greats Sandy Saddler was, is, and will always be, one of THE bona fide legends of the vicious game that is boxing. He has his detractors– people who can point to his occasionally less-than-kosher tactics, such as his penchant for heeling, holding, thumbing, collaring, and a bit of wrestling here and Read More

Hand Scalping by Mark Hatmaker

Hand Scalping by Mark Hatmaker

Let’s Talk About Hair-Pulling There is a surprisingly long history of hair-pulling in combat history, both sportive and on the battlefield. Today we’ll confine ourselves to sportive instances of what we now perceive to be unsportsmanlike behavior.

“Biting”, Bare-Knuckle Boxing, & Jack Johnson by Mark Hatmaker

“Biting”, Bare-Knuckle Boxing, & Jack Johnson by Mark Hatmaker

First Things First In today’s sermon “biting” has nothing to do with your teeth, so rid yourself of images of Mike Tyson chowing down on Evander Holyfield’s ear. In early Frontier Rough & Tumble parlance “to bite” was to take a shot at your opponent’s punching arm with your own fist—specifically an incoming fist. There Read More

A Warrior Conditioning Challenge by Mark Hatmaker

A Warrior Conditioning Challenge by Mark Hatmaker

A Warrior Conditioning Challenge: Bodylocks/Rough & Tumble/Sit-Outs This brief burner will allow you to groove old-school strong, three modes of striking, and two rounds of hot and heavy ground movement. Part 1 Grab your heaviest sandbag, heavy bag, or throwing dummy. Body lock it and take it for a 50 yard carry. Do not put Read More

Facer Your Muzzler By Mark Hatmaker

Facer Your Muzzler By Mark Hatmaker

“Facer your what?” Today’s historical offering borrows a bit of lingo from fisticuffs, or the Fancy (early boxing), circa 1780. At the time, a blow to the face was refered to as–you guessed it–a “facer”. A “muzzler”, on the other hand, was an early term for an upper-cut. Today’s historical look-back is less about vocabulary Read More