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Muhammad Ali, remembered as a boxer who transcended sports, received countless tributes to his extraordinary accomplishments inside and outside boxing. Following his death, the web has been flooded with stories written about his life, his impact and his legacy. This post is dedicated and inspired by this culturally iconic legend, here is just a sampling of the many reads about boxing. Free boxing ebooks are hard to come by, but fortunately there are still some lying around out there, both classic and new. Howard as well. Happy boxing!
Books with plenty of pix are better, for many reasons: At some point I'll do a review of each of the books. The books are listed in chronological order, with date.
It is worthwhile pointing out that the older they are, the more obscure and non-specific the text is. In other words, old stuff is written in a weird language and they didn't seem able to describe a technique properly, in any case.
They put great store on flowery, vague flourishes of language, and very little on precise and brief description. Luckily the illustrations do the job, where present.
Seminars A training session in practical boxing can be arranged at your gym. The most prestigious Games, the Olympic, began in bc, and boxing was introduced in bc. The sport was similar to modern boxing to the extent that each competitor attempted to injure or exhaust his opponent by punching him.
There were, however, no rounds, rest periods, weight classes or points systems. Boxers were paired by lot; a single elimination format was used.
A winner was declared when one boxer was no longer physically able to continue illus. St Augustine tells the story of a reluctant visit to the gladiatorial arena by his pupil, Alypius. When the crowd roars, he is unable to contain his curiosity and so opens his eyes.
One born to prowess May be whetted and stirred To win huge glory If a God be his helper. Grant him favour and joy From citizens and strangers. For he goes straight on a road that hates pride, And knows well what a true heart From noble fathers has revealed to him. Training, and the culture of the gymnasium, are treated widely in Greek literature, and much writing about that culture focuses on the beauties of the naked bodies displayed there.
Dio compares Melancomas to his closest rival, Iatrocles, whom he remembers in training. He was a very tall and beautiful young man; and besides, the exercises he was taking made his body seem, quite naturally, still taller and more beautiful.
He was giving a most brilliant performance, and in so spirited a way that he seemed more like a man in an actual contest. Then, when he stopped exercising and the crowd began to draw away, we studied him more closely.
He was just like one of the most care19 fully wrought statues, and also he had a colour like well blended bronze. These the philosopher frequented, as well as the artist.
Socrates for the instruction of a Charmides, Autolycus, Lysis; Phidias for the improvement of his art by their beauty. Here he studied the elasticity of the muscles, the ever varying motions of the frame, the outlines of fair forms, or the contour left by the young wrestler in the sand.
Here beautiful nakedness appeared with such liveliness of expression, such truth and variety of situations, such a noble air of the body, as it would be ridiculous to look for in any hired model of our academies. Whereas art is long, the real bodies exemplifying physical perfection, were, of course, perishable. The very transience of the ideal body is made all the more poignant by the less than perfect bodies that surround it.
This phenomenon is foregrounded in boxing — and not in other Olympic sports such as the discus or running — by the fact that while the processes of training are all about perfecting the body, and while at the moment of triumph, the body may move beautifully, the sport itself is all about damaging and making ugly the body. The odd exception only serves to prove the rule.
Where his shoulders and hard arms Met, the muscles jutted out like rounded boulders, polished smooth By the whirling onrush of a winter torrent. He has a thick beard and a full head of curly hair. In addition to the telltale broken nose and cauliflower ears of a boxer, the pugilist has the slanted, drooping brows that bespeak broken nerves. Also, the forehead is piled with scar tissue.
The pugilist is sitting on a rock with his forearms balanced on his thighs. That he is seated and not pacing implies that he has been through all this many times before. It appears that he is conserving his strength. His head is turned as if he were looking over his shoulder — as if someone had just whispered something to him.
Could it be that someone has just summoned him to the arena? There is a slight look of befuddlement on his face, but there is no trace of fear. Beside the deformities on his noble face, there is also the suggestion of weariness and philosophical resignation. Scars are visible all over the body but especially on the face, the nose is broken, the right eye swollen.
Moreover, the bronze statue has red copper inlaid in order to indicate fresh facial wounds and blood that has dripped down on to the right arm and thigh.
When Ulysses after twenty years came safe to his home, Argos the dog recognized his appearance when he saw him, but you, Stratophon, after boxing for four hours, have become not only unrecognizable to dogs but to the city. By this reckoning, however, the vanity of boxers is likely to prove short-lived: Having such a mug, Olympicus, go not to a fountain nor look in any transparent water, for you, like Narcissus, seeing your face clearly, will die, hating yourself to the death.
Particularly commendable was the Spartan practice of having naked men and women competing together. Bring them, since I am indeed boxing against Eros! Boxing might even be easier than love. Whenever he gets his wind, he is beaten with all the strokes known in every match to make him pay her his debt; and if he pays it, he is beaten again.
Thomas F. It is the inextricable mixture in pugilism of high decorum and low cunning, of beauty and damage, of rhetoric and bodily fluids, which has made it for so long and so productively a way to imagine conflict. Foreign visitors to London were particularly intrigued. Sal bloodies the nose of a dandyish Frenchman who, despite his general hopelessness, has managed to lay bare her bosoms; another woman, meanwhile, applies a lobster to his naked bottom.
With an argumentative proof, that pugilism, considered as a gymnic exercise, demands the admiration, and patronage of every free state, being calculated to inspire manly courage, and a spirit of independence—enabling us to resist slavery at home and enemies from abroad.
Also practical instructions for trainin, together with chronological tables of prize battles, from to inclusive, alphabetically arranged with the issue of each event. The American Fistiana by H.
This ebook is full of valuable information that is only a click away to perfecting and fine tuning your boxing skill knowledge. Not since Northern Californians James J. It became hard to remember that their promising careers were stalling simultaneously four years earlier, in mid-to-late With the level of media attention accorded them then and their sport declining, the likelihood that all three boyhood training partners would reach full potential was questionable, even though all three were skilled, cerebral fighers who were also wholesome and articulate.
Growing Up With The Greatest by Patrick Triplett — All formats, 4, words There have been many stories written about Muhammad Ali, but few from the standpoint of one who remembers him was he was not so popular and following him through his astonishing career, and having the chance to meet him, even engaging in a sparring session.
Muhammed Ali. George Foreman. This article goes where the Ali-worshippers fear to tread. The Legend by Steve Baxter — All formats, 12, words Larry Donald is a Olympian who remained a main-stay in top contention for over a decade in the heavyweight division. Herein he stipulates specifics on training, diet, and sleep. He then describes fight strategy and, perhaps most importantly, lays out a series of 6 detailed blow-by-blow lessons for instructing students in the science of English Boxing.
Corbett held the title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion to Loaded with 50 photographs depicting technique and other greats of the ring, in this edition Corbett gives descriptions and instruction on both legal, and illegal, ring technique. Faithfully transcribed by Kirk Lawson, the copious photographs and clear description make this manual a must for Boxing historians and modern Martial Artists alike.
With a computed lifetime record of , 39 KO, physical trainer for the British Army in WWI, and internationally regarded for his technical skill, the Featherweight boxer had more than enough experience and skills to write this, somewhat short, book on the Straight Left. He builds his case from chapter to chapter, culminating with specific instruction on how to train with both live sparring partners, targets, shadow boxing, and footwork drills.
This book is a priceless snapshot of a nearly forgotten style, sure to please modern boxers and martial artists. Drexel Biddle. He includes instruction on how to minister to common injuries, advice on body toughening methods, and teaches the aspiring Referee.