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Old 06-27-2009, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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boxing in mma?

I don't do skillwork on Fridays because my training center doesn't offer any Friday classes im interested in EXCEPT for intermediate boxing. That being the only one Im thinking of doing, but I have done it before and there is a big emphasis at the boxing classes at learning "boxing" obviously. As in, the boxing stance and footwork, ducking, slipping, etc. and I have heard that it's not the best to train all this with an MMA fighter because a boxing stance is terrible for MMA and its what im used to now since all I ever used to do was box. What you guys think? Friday I train in the AM, but should I do PM boxing, or keep my mindset on the MuayThai?
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The more skills you can acquire, the better. If taking boxing lessons helps you throw a better hook, but takes away from your stance, you'll just have to learn to adapt to it.

My training partner started out with just kickboxing. He's still at a disadvantage with take down defense and groundwork, but his punches and kicks have an excellent base.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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so thats a mixed answer

You say it may hinder my stance, and that your partner who just kickboxed is excellent at standup. But you also say I should just deal with it? I train ground too, my only concern is the standup. If kickboxing is enough, or if anyone has noticed boxing help them develop their standup, aside from training muaythai? Thanks
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Boxing is ******* great but when dealing with MMA, how much could it really help you? Jens Pulver is a boxer, when he gets taken down (LOL even when he's still standing) he gets the shit kicked out of him. Boxing is ******* fantastic, but if boxing would help you in MMA, it would be called BMA. Boxing is great, in street fights, you'll knock most people out, but if you are serious, you need to incorporate some judo or bjj or wrestling.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:46 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Lol @ Cornbread... good advice buddy! About the OP though, learning boxing will not hinder your progress for MMA. You need to have a solid foundation of striking/grappling before you worry about mending them all together. Boxing will teach you a lot of excellent tools, specifically how to punch correctly. It will also improve your footwork, head movement, endurance, etc.

Hit up those boxing classes.
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Old 06-29-2009, 11:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I just might if you think they will help. Im going to ask my MT trainer today what he thinks.
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