Boxing uses head movement, footwork, and all different types of punching combinations. But it all starts with the feet; much like with any martial art. If you don’t have a concrete stance, if your feet aren’t on solid ground, or if your stance is not proper and you don’t have your feet right, you are going to fall. Just like trying to build a house on sand, it does not not work.
Boxing became popular in the United States back in the 1800’s. Originally, it was bare-knuckle boxing, but over time it has evolved. Boxing styles changed from underhand stances, to regular 50/50 stances, then to the Philly Shell. It's been modified and changed many times over the centuries; not to mention it is one of the original martial arts, which goes back in time as far as the early wrestling era.
Wrestling is the game of maintaining positional control and is also one of the original sports in the ancient Olympic Games.
Wrestling originated back in the times of the Greeks and is considered the oldest sport on earth. It was and still is all about positional control; being able to take your opponent down at will or to stop your opponent from taking you down.
The key to wrestling is to be able to win on the ground, not be on your back, but to have a top position and to be able to change into more dominant positions until the fight is finished. It’s known as maybe one of the hardest sports in the world aside from mixed martial arts combined. Wrestlers work harder than just about any other sport that is known to man.
Muay Thai is the art of eight limbs: punches, kicks, knees, elbows and then the clinch. There are also sweeps, as in sweeping your opponent to the ground. The clinch is one of the most important components, which involves maintaining control of your opponent while on foot, manipulating the body or the head, to throw strikes or to throw your opponent on the ground.
Muay Thai is a very traditional martial art that goes back to the Thai people having to protect themselves. Muay Thai translates to “free boxing” or “boxing free”. Thai meaning “free” and Muay meaning “box”. The reason why the Thai people are known as the "free people" is because even though they have been invaded by the Burmese and the Laothey, they were never conquered. They used the traditional martial art of Muay Thai to protect themselves, and still to this day they have never been conquered.
Jiu Jitsu is all about positional control submissions during fighting; take downs. It’s probably the most technical form of all martial arts, having more possibilities of moves compared to the other martial arts.
Jiu Jitsu originated in Japan through Judo, then Japanese Jiu Jitsu was formed, then the Brazilians took those techniques and made a style of their own. This Brazilian Jiu Jitsu style has become the most effective form of ground fighting as seen in the 1st Ultimate Fighting Championship when Royce Gracie won in spite of being a smaller man. He used submissions and was able to take control of fights. It was more of a soft martial art used as a way to take your opponent down very technically without having to use much force. It’s a technique that makes even a smaller person able to manipulate, throw, or take down an opponent, and execute a quick submission.