Bare-knuckle Boxing (aka Classical Pugilism or Fisticuffs) is a distinctly American and Western European style of boxing. It is the original form of boxing.
At The Dragon Institute, we use the savage science of in our arsenal for street self-defense. Why?
The reality is that almost all fights end with a strike to the head. Make no mistake, your hands are your primary weapon system in a realistic street fight.
But I thought you were a Wing Chun school?
Rest assured, the brilliant art of Wing Chun takes no second seat at The Dragon Institute. Nobody does Wing Chun better than us. Bruce Lee was one of the first to recognize the compatibility of Wing Chun and boxing. He found that boxing fit the principles of Wing Chun better than any of the other Asian martial arts.
So why bare-knuckle boxing?
The bare-knuckle boxing that we are talking about came from a time when boxing was much more “dirty” than it is today. It was much less of a sport therefore it was more applicable for our purposes of realistic street self-defense including elements of grappling, eye-gouging, kicking and wrestling. Modern boxing is very different with it’s many rules and large gloves. In a street self-defense comparison to classical pugilism, modern boxing is much more of a watered down and less effective version.
Yet today, bare-knuckle boxing is almost all but forgotten.
Not at The Dragon Institute! Our founders have been researching and developing the integration of bare-knuckle boxing into our arsenal for the last 30+ years — and it has paid dividends in our development. The synthesis of classical pugilism into Wing Chun has formed the basis for a more scientific fighting method assimilating Western physics, body mechanics, and physiology into the traditional Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. This combination of East and West has allowed the genius of Ip Man to be joined by original boxing greats John L. Sullivan and Jack Dempsey… the ultimate pugilistic system!