Originally Posted by Squirrelfighter
I find that an interceptive blocking system opens up far more opportunities to counter than curling up and allowing your oppponent to strike at you. As for stating that the most important rule of the boxing guard is that "you had better throw back if someone throws at you," that is one of the fundamental flaws in the theory. You allow your opponent to set the pace and that puts the user of the afore mentioned guard in a tougher position than he had to be in.
No offense taken. BTW - If you insist that Boxing Defense is truly weighed on it's "blocking system" then you are purposely choosing to ignore all the other tenets of Boxing defense as a whole.
As far as that most important rule, like I said before it applies to all striking arts. It is in no way exclusive to boxing. If you are meaning to imply that anyone, Boxer, Muay Thai Boxer, Shotokan Artist, TKD'ist, Sanda practitioner, Fencer or even grapplers are privy not to same principles, you would be wrong.
And thank you again for taking only a part of my statement, as the whole statement reads "If you defend a shot, you better throw one back or get the hell out of there." Let's see how that applies to a Muay Thai leg kick:
Opponent throws a leg kick, practitioner has a few options. Firstly: Teep your opponent or throw a cross right down the pipe to counter. Secondly: Step back and then attack as the leg goes by, or create more space to reset your position. Thirdly: Scoop/Catch the kick and either drive a cross to the opponent's face or sweep the leg. Fourthly: Check the kick and either move out of range or counter with a shot of your own or clinch.
That would apply to a grappler in MMA in the same instance too, but he would have the option clinch and takedown their opponent. How the hell is that not applicable?
Furthermore: How the hell is that only applicable if someone is wearing boxing gloves?
On a side note: I hold those who insist that Boxing principles do not work in a realm where modern boxing gloves/mufflers (aka: big ass pillows) are not used in the same light as those who insist that training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in a gi is not "realistic" or useless for MMA. Both views are assinine in a manner completely past ignorance and hold no weight in even the slightest hypothetical sense. I will openly express my distaste for such comments and I won't apologize for it either.