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The Importance of boxing 

It can be argued that boxing is the most important striking art for combat. This is mainly based on the overall coordination and body awareness possessed by us as human beings. We do everything with our hands. We eat with our hands, write with our hands, open doors, paint, text, steer vehicles the list goes on and on. All of these are very detail-oriented meaning they require a high level of coordination, range of motion, and dexterity. The day to day use of our legs however, requires a much more limited range of motion, coordination and dexterity. This is easily demonstrated as things that are incredibly easy with our arms are almost impossible for untrained people to do using their legs. Try opening a cupboard door for instance, it's really difficult! Of course, it's difficult to use your toes like fingers but that’s not the point. Trying to even get your leg into the positions necessary to accomplish this makes it quite evident that its highly difficult. There are some exceptions to these rules of course but as they say “the exception proves the rule”. Boxing is the most important because its mastery of our most coordinated appendages, the arms and hands.

Accuracy and efficiency  

It is also pretty safe to say that efficiency (the energetic cost of a given technique) is of the utmost importance. Everyone has a limit on how much energy their body has available to them and once that limit is reached its game over. It doesn’t matter if you know the right technique to get you out of whatever situation you’re in. If you don’t have the energy or the “gas” to get yourself out you’re done. Therefore, each effort that does not achieve its goals, each strike that does not hit its target is one step closer to a loss. A loss in a sport like basketball, soccer or even hockey isn’t the end of the world; one team got more pucks in the net, balls in the net etc. In the game of boxing however, that loss could mean severe brain damage, reconstructive facial surgery and in the worst cases even death. In self-defense situations this is even more true! We, at Tristar Gym Vancouver believe in the way of the peaceful warrior and do not condone the use of force unless there is a definite threat to your health and wellbeing. Now if a threat like that exists and you are not able to get away or avoid the situation then you will find yourself in a fight. In a fight that, if you lose you will most certainly be severely injured and possibly dead. In boxing and in combat winning is akin to survival while losing is equal to death. If running out of energy is loss and loss is death then it's not an overstatement to refer to efficiency as one of the most important aspects of boxing. Every strike that misses its target is wasted energy. This does not mean that every punch you throw needs to make contact with your opponent. Each strike should be thrown with a specific purpose or goal in mind which, if it is not reached, the energy required to perform that strike was a waste. A very large determining factor of the strike achieving its goal is coordination. Of course, there a number of other factors that play a part; distance, timing, rhythm as well as physical attributes like speed and durability. Efficiency is where we see the true purpose of martial arts at work. It is the aspect of boxing that allows a seasoned, more experienced, smaller boxer to defeat a larger, faster, stronger but less skilled opponent.


He who controls the distance controls the fight. He who controls the fight usually wins the fight. Distance is a key component of efficiency in boxing, often being the sole deciding factor in a victory or defeat. As Vancouver boxing legend Tony Pep used to say “Taking a step back defends everything!”. Now, Tony Pep stands 6’1” and in his prime fought at 130 lbs so one can understand why he may want to fight at a long distance. Long boxers need to fight at long range in order to maximize the strength and effectiveness of their punches. This oftentimes requires them to move backwards. Shorter, stockier boxers however like Vancouver’s Conal Mcphee, need to cover ground and close distance in order to get inside on taller opponents where their shorter arms can be more effective. Distance is key in order to implement your own strategy and make use of your specific body type. In the classical matchup of a stocky boxer versus a long and lean boxer they both have opposing goals while attempting to control the same thing, distance. Interestingly enough, it is not the boxer who moves backward or forward the best that achieves their goal in this exchange but the boxer who moves best laterally. If we move backward for too long, we hit a wall. If we move straight forward, our opponent can continually circle away. A backward moving opponent must also move laterally from one side to the other in order to continue to have space to move into. A forward moving opponent must also move laterally in order to “cut the opponent off” by moving to where they are going and not to where they are now. He who controls the distance controls the fight and he who moves laterally the best controls the distance.


As previously stated, survival is of the utmost importance in regard to combat. This is a universal truth amongst all martial arts, boxing included. Therefore, defense must be more important than offense. There are several methods of defense in boxing:
Blocking – Using the hands, forearms and elbows to shield the face and body from blows.
Head movement – Changing the position of the head in order to evade or “slip” punches and create/reduce distance.

Footwork – Using the feet to move the body out of the line of fire by creating/reducing distance and changing angle.
Each of these defensive methods can be used both alone or in conjunction with one another in order to successfully defend an opponent's attack.


Boxing offense is comprised of a variety of punches, each with its own trajectory, power capability and energetic cost. The following are the punches covered by our boxing curriculum at Tristar Gym Vancouver and some of their uses:

The Jab – The jab may be the most useful punch in our arsenal although it is not by any means the most powerful. It is used to gauge distance, test an opponent’s reaction, manage distance, as well as annoy or frustrate an opponent. It is the fastest strike a boxer may have as it is the closest to the target and also a straight line. Straight line theory tells us that the shortest distance between to places is a straight line, so it only makes sense that straight punches are automatically faster than round punches.

The Cross – The cross is a very useful tool as it is a power punch, a straight-line attack and also the longest-range punch available to a boxer. This is often the preferred attack to finish an opponent after a variety of distracting jabs and hooks.

The Hook – The hook is a very useful punch for attacking from the side, often around an opponent’s guard. It’s a very common strategy to distract an opponent with two straight punches, bringing their awareness to the front of their body and then attacking from the side with a hook. This can be seen in the 1-2-3 or jab, cross, hook combination.

The Uppercut – The uppercut is a punch that is used slightly less than the afore mentioned strikes but that does not however discount its importance to a well-rounded boxer. The uppercut is largely used as a deterrent against an opponent lowering their heads. If one throws a jab and the opponent drops down to get underneath it, an uppercut can quickly make them realize that they should not repeat that action.

The Overhand – The overhand may have more importance than many people realize. If you take a person that has never been trained in boxing and ask them to throw a punch as hard as they can, they will most likely throw an overhand. It may be sloppy and lack balance or accuracy, but it will probably generate a decent amount of force. This is the one punch that seems to be built into our DNA. Because of this, a trainer will usually force a new recruit to focus on straightening it out into a cross. This is unfortunate as it is an oversight to only focus on the cross and completely abandon the overhand. Both punches have place within a boxer’s arsenal. A cross for instance may make a boxer lean back and pull up to get above the cross. This is a perfect opportunity to throw an overhand as while rising up the opponent will run directly into it creating the heavily sought-after double impact.

Boxing has been around for centuries and contrary to popular belief, it isn’t going anywhere. In order to develop properly as a boxer, one must seek proper training under a skilled and capable coach. This is what we at Tristar Gym Vancouver can provide. Come down, enjoy a free trial and let’s get going on your boxing journey!


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Milos TheDeadlyWhiteBelt
Milos TheDeadlyWhiteBelt
08:01 27 Jul 19
My little nephew was a very timid and shy kid before he took his first class at Tristar. Months went in and he fell in love with the training and all the fun he was having . He’s been more vibrant and more confident then when he started and He can’t say enough good things about Kajan and the rest of the team .#KidsMMA #Bullyproof #BJJ
afshin kt
afshin kt
19:56 25 Jul 19
If you are interested in martial art come to this place, been going to many gyms but this one is amazing and I highly recommend it for every level. Very humble coaches and high level students. Over all for all the programs that they offer, they are number one 👆. Being able to train and roll with Kajan is different thing tho, 2 months in feels like I know them for ages and learned so many things specially Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Just give it a shot
sam ramsay
sam ramsay
19:31 24 Jul 19
Awesome for Kickboxing, Ju-jitsu, Wrestling, grappling and striking
S Basi
S Basi
03:16 06 Jul 19
Kajan is an awesome instructor I can already see a difference in my son in the short time we've been there.
Brian Fong
Brian Fong
06:11 08 Jun 19
I have been training kickboxing at Tristar Vancouver and it has been great. Trained at a few places before but love Tristar emphasis on good technique. Will be joining the jiu jitsu and wrestling classes as well in the future.
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