The systematic formulation of intrinsic principles and
guidelines of applied personal defensive skills through
utilisation of the fists is the science and art of boxing.
A Sport With History
Boxing is the competitive sport of the art of self-defence.
The Sport of Boxing was first written about over 2000 years
ago in 20 B.C. by Virgil the Roman poet when he retold the
story of the Trojans who participated in the sport and
skills of boxing about 1000 years before in the ancient city
By the end of the Roman era boxing was a gladiator sport
where a steel glove called a cestus was worn, and beaten
boxers seen as expendable items.
A Definite Need
Boxing as a sport re-emerged early in eighteenth century
England from the practical necessity of defending oneself
with the fists against thugs and thieves. The sport has
undergone many changes but the practical necessity for a
person to defend themselves has not. So called modern
society in the 21st Century still has thugs and thieves who
do not respect their fellow man, and as a country must be
prepared to defend its people and territory so must an
individual. Failure to be aware and prepared for a personal
assault places anyone in the position of becoming a
Rules determine the various codes of boxing with 'Rules'
adherence controlled by a participating referee with
contests decided by the failure of a boxer to defend strikes
by an opponent that connect to any part of the front or
sides of the head and body above the belt line.
The old 'Olympic Style Boxing' and 'Professional Boxing'
contests can also be decided by a boxer being forced out of
a contest through being knocked down by a punch and unable
to continue within ten seconds of elapsed time.
In 2013 the 'Olympic Style Boxing' authority AIBA with
questionable duty of care, ceased the use of headguards for
senior male amateur boxers, despite a knocked out boxer's
unconscious brain, and uncontrolled head, hitting the canvas
with dangerously high impact. AIBA also began conducting
Professional Boxing contests in 2013.
'A.A.B. Rules©' with the objective focus on the
application of pure boxing skill utilises the 'Excessive
Punching Rule©' that penalise boxers for throwing power
punches that could force opponents to lose their defence
capability. Modern 'A.A.B. Rules©' also stipulate
special 16oz gloves and chin protection headguards.