Master Black Belt
- Jul 11, 2018
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I don't think it fell out of style. I just think people cycle through that guard faster than they have in the past. It's not a guard that you always keep on. Sometimes you use it and sometimes you don't depending on what you have to deal with. The other thing that has probably affected the use of it, is that other guard variations have been developed and work quite well for the people who know how to use them.
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Even in the video you can see it come up and go down.
I personally like the long guard. A lot of the advantages that it has works really good with how I like to defend and attack.
Long Guard = I'll deal with you as you come in (come get me)
Mid Guard = I'll meet you half way (Even trade)
Short Guard = I'll deal with you when you get here. (Invite them in)
Thats probbly it, the removal of clincing, and the addition of pretty big gloves and some other rule changes probbly influenced it greatly, and that had a knock on effect for how society did it. (most people learn through sports) there were a few diffrent types of guard but they were fairly long all things considered. There were a few distinctly diffrent guards that would be switched into pending what you are doing. I dont know if kicking had anything to do with this, i havent looked up the boxing vs savate fights enough.
I also know that the upside down punch used in pugilism so-so often is pretty useful and how you would effectively punch someones throat. Some things like that have been forgotten.
You protect your face in pugilism, its just a more active guard, so more parries and evasions as opposed to passive as to just covering a segment of your face as normal. (not saying there isnt active guards in boxing, just covers are more popular now days as the norm)With gloves you need to protect the face more.