Monday, March 15, 2010

The Major Purpose of Fistic Instruction

The Arm of Jack Dempsey
The purpose of learning to box is to teach a person to defend himself with his fists.

This is what Jack Dempsey said back in 1950 and wrote about in his classic book “Championship Fighting”. This is one book I read again and again and always come away with something new with each reading.

Today boxing coaches, trainers, and martial arts instructors have all but forgotten the purpose of using the fists to protect and defend one’s self. You see you don’t start with the premise of learning to box for sport or competition, but for self preservation. You learn how to strike powerfully for one purpose and one purpose only, to knock out any assailant that would try to hurt you, by causing enough trauma by way of your fists to their body and head.

Forget about the jab being used as a set up for your more powerful cross, you don’t have the luxury of time for this in a street fight.

And having a strong side and weak side stance just won’t cut it either.

And don’t even dance around your assailant throwing light punches to score points because that ain’t happening.

And whatever you do, don’t throw your punches the way a boxer does you’ll most likely break your hand, because you won't be wearing any gloves or wraps.

What you need to know is how to make a proper fist with your bareknuckles, and how to throw it for maximum power. You also need to know what angles are best to punch from, and what footwork is the most useful in a streetfight. You must develop non-telegraphing strikes that are so dangerous you could permanently damage your attacker instantly.

Learn to fist fight like the champions of old and develop explosive punching power with both fists and learn to be a true pugilist.

Daniel Sambrano


  1. Is like the old saying says:"You fight as you train". If you train to score points; when you get faced by a situation that you need to defend your life will fight as you trained hundred or maybe thousands times before. THat's the reason that say to my fellows in my martial arts class that they most take the class and the lessons like their life depend on. And practice if they were in a real situation, with speed, technique & power. That's it all.


  2. This isn't so much related to this article but I figured it'd be fine to pose this question to you hear. I'm currently training at a school that uses Muay Thai, Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu to create a pretty comprehensive system. I'm not sure how much you know about Krav Maga, but a lot of the strikes in that system are already derived from Muay Thai, we just focus a little more on them than most schools do.

    I was wondering if there are any resources you know of that will help me integrate this old style Muay Thai that you teach into my training. I've been looking for books that break the techniques down or even DVD's and I can't seem to find any. I've been looking at your youtube channel and integrating all those as well. I was just wondering if you know of any structured attempts at explaining these techniques outside of attending your school (I live in Connecticut).

    Thanks for your time in advance.


  3. Hey Tommy
    If you check out they have a large amount of videos.

    I would recommend "Muay Kaard Chiek" by Marco De Cesaris also Muay Boran "Mae Mai".

    They will both be found on that website under Muay Thai Videos.

    Also watch the movie "Ong Bak" as it has a large amount of techniques and if you watch the "Protecter" with Tony Jaa it has a clinic on how to break limbs and joints using old stle Muay Thai tactics, I think he shows about 40-60 techniques.

    Hope this helps.