Pugilism: from the ring and to the street

This is a guest post from Oleg Fadeev (pictured below) who comes to us all the way from Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.


I have about 15 years of practice and teaching combatives and self-defense to different groups of people starting with military operatives and up to the civilian white collars, who were eager to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones. It is obvious that all these groups have different aims and different means of reaching their goals: a special forces quick killing at the theater of operations has nothing to offer to a common citizen in the weekend evening bar quarrel. So, now I’d like to focus on the civilian self-defense. 

There are many decent civilian self-defense systems, but I want to talk about the oldest European and American system – boxing and pugilism as its street application.

The fact is that boxing or pugilism has many pros related to the self-defense. We can divide it into the following categories: technical, physical, psychological and methodological. Let’s have a closer look on every one of them.


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Boxing is really simple. It has a rather small amount of techniques, which can be learned and trained during quite a short period of time. It is a valuable aspect for those who can’t spend a lot of time training, for those who should work for their living. Actually for self-defense we don’t have to spend years in the boxing gym. My personal experience shows that it is a matter of one year as the maximum. Certainly just one year of training won’t make a champion of a common person. This kind of training has a different goal: to give a person the means necessary to defend him, and a year is quite enough in this case.


Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 6.20.50 PMBoxing is a complex kind of sport. Along with punches and defenses it has a necessary amount of physical training exercises to keep fit. Power, agility and stamina are developed simultaneously giving the pugilist a physical harmony, a highly appreciated quality since the times of the ancient Greece. 


Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 6.22.39 PMThis aspect of boxing is really hard to overestimate. The pugilist always deals with different kinds of aggression. It is the aggression of the environment, when he should overcome his fatigue and become stronger than he was the day before. This habit to overcome obstacles and distribute the efforts is very applicable in everyday life. The pugilist is effective in the gym, he is effective doing his job, and he is effective keeping his house and family. The pugilist undergoes the consequences of the stress less often than the others. He actually faces it in the gym; he knows how to deal with it. The second type of aggression is the individual aggression. The pugilist faces the adversary in the ring or during a sparring. He throws punches and builds defenses against the extremely hostile being. He’ll meet the same thing in the street. He learns how to be really tough and how to use his mind at the same time. He eats punches and strikes back with more strength. He fights to his last breathe and never surrenders. It is a great lesson to be active under the circumstances, always look for the effective way of solving the problem.


Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 6.23.47 PMBoxing has been developed in Europe and America for centuries and it was always connected either with recognition or with making money. So for years and years lots of coaches and fighters have been constantly improving each and every aspect of training to be more effective. As a result, boxing nowadays is the most well developed fighting system in the world. What it gives the pugilist? It gives him the assurance of the high quality training in any boxing gym or club. In any boxing gym we will see the most effective results of the centuries of research, so it is a guarantee that boxing will never be the loss of time and money.

Those were some of my thoughts on the topic. I’d always like to answer any questions and to discuss boxing and pugilism.

With my best regards,