- Nov 14, 2013
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I came across this video today. It talks about the 19th century style of boxing compared to the 20th century, and how adding padded gloves completely changed the sport. The head becomes a more viable target when you're not worried about breaking your hands. This changes everything. The guard you use is different if you're protecting your head than protecting your body. Your tactics are different if you're headhunting than if you're going for body blows. Some credit the high risk of permanent brain injuries in boxing with the addition of padded gloves to the sport.
What I find interesting is the older stance very much resembles the type of fighting stance you would expect to see in an east Asian martial art. The basic fighting stance we used in our white belt Taekwondo class is a slightly more stylized version of this. I've seen similar stances in Karate videos on youtube. It also resembles the basic fighting stance we would use in Hapkido.