Boxing is a great way to burn calories, tone up and let out some steam. However, boxing also has a very important practical application to it – self-defense. Through the offensive and defensive movements learned during a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, you can learn how to protect yourself against any potential danger that you may run across. Boxing for self-defense purposes is actually extremely viable and, with the proper knowledge, you can feel more confident and safe for any unpredicted situations that may arise.
There are two aspects of boxing: offense and defense. The combinations you learn in a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness class mimic Floyd Mayweather’s own personal style and seamlessly integrate both aspects. By becoming comfortable with throwing an offensive punch, immediately backing it up with a defensive movement to avoid one’s opponent, and finish off with another offensive throw, you are practicing the necessary skills to defend yourself in real life. Nobody expects to find themselves in a situation where self-defense is necessary, so it is important to be able to think on your feet and be comfortable with quickly combining offensive and defensive moves. Even from the start of a Mayweather Boxing + Fitness class with the shadow boxing warm-up, you learn to come up with your own boxing moves on your own and create unique combinations. If someone was attacking you, this skill set would allow you to quickly read the situation, avoid dangerous contact and create impactful contact when necessary.
Something as basic as the boxer’s stance is extremely important when it comes to self-defense. Understanding your own ready position and how to equally balance your body weight between both feet, creating a stable base for yourself, is crucial when it comes to any type of self-defense or fighting. Being able to gauge your throwing power is also very important when it comes to self-defense. If you do find yourself in a position where you need to throw a punch or attack your opponent, plans can often backfire if you don’t know how hard you should punch. It is important to know the fine line between hard enough to make an impact and having so much power that you end up hurting yourself. The different variations on the heavy bag during a Power and HIIT class bring awareness to Mayweather Boxing + Fitness boxers about their own strength, so they can properly gauge what they are bringing with each punch.
Footwork and timing are two things that boxers learn to become highly intune with. In the scenario that you need to use self-defense, those are all things that will dictate whether you can properly defend yourself or not. Staying light on your feet and being able to move in any which direction, at any given time, is extremely important in order to remain elusive against your opponent. Tools found in a boxing gym, particularly the speed bag, are very effective ways to work on your timing and distancing. Working on a speed bag helps your hand-eye coordination and timing, so if you did end up needing to protect yourself against someone, you would understand the timing of your opponent and when to react to their movements.
Finally, the ability to have mental strength over a situation and control a situation are things that you learn in a boxing class that are highly applicable to life situations. No matter what high stress situation you may find yourself in, the ability to trust yourself, not panic and control how you react to a set of variables will dictate the outcome. By building confidence and self-awareness through boxing, you can walk out of the Mayweather Boxing + Fitness doors feeling good that you can protect yourself in the case of emergency or necessity.