Whoever said boxing was a “barbaric” sport and not cerebral is an idiot.
And my own family has plenty of them, unfortunately.
Boxing is probably one of THE MOST cerebral sports my friend, and even if you don’t know the B of boxing, you gotta be dumb if you think comments like the above (made by Muhammad Ali no less) don’t show a SUPER BRAIN behind said comment.
Or, a comment like Mike Tyson’s “you can have all the plans in the world, but they ain’t gonna help in the ring when you get punched in the MOUTH!”
Or, sheer BRUTALITY combined with intellect.
“ I want to punch his nose through his brain (or something like that!) “ (Tyson)
And back to floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, the best of both worlds is exactly what that is, and is precisely what you need to be a champion boxer.
As I wrote in the last email, brute strength is great, but you gotta match that up with THINKING.
If you give me two massive guys, one dumb and one smart, the dumber one being bigger, all other things being equal I’ll take the smart guy.
Take a look at Marc, for instance.
And when I sparred with him, he put his defense down, and invited me to “hit” him (touch him while sparring obviously).
And I tried my ass off.
You’d think it was easy with the guy’s hands down, but dude’s a big guy, but has lightning fast footwork.
THAT is what you call black mamba in the ring!
As he once told me.
Snake’s tongue, Rahul. Snake’s Tongue (when I was jabbing).
I think I could barely keep my jab up during round #3 of sparring.
And I got him - - sum total of ONE time, and that too when he probably let his guard down a bit (and it was never fully up!).
Or, when he once showed me a bare knuckle punch.
IT came out of nowehere, and hit me on the shoulders.
I FELT it. Believe me. It didn’t “hurt” me, but I’ve been hit far worse, and he didn’t do it to hurt me obviously.
But point is, it came out of nowhere, and though I was expecting it – POW!
He later told me that was 70% of his regular striking ability. Man, I can just imagine what he’s like at 100%, hehe.
And this sort of thing is precisely why I advocate bodyweight training, jumping ropes, squats etc as opposed to the mess at the gym.
These things keep you lean, mean, moving QUICK like a jungle cat. Or a fighting machine!
And they build your strength up to the point you can float like a butterfly all day, but when It comes time to strike?
Black mamba, or perhaps a BEE.
And that, my friend is the message I want to give you in this one. Take it or leave it - - up to YOU!
PS – THESE movements mentioned here will give you the best workouts you’ve ever had, not to mention get you in the best damned shape of your life QUICK - - The 0 Excuses Fitness System.