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A 'ane known as Bat­tling kel­son was a pro­po­nent of a now-il­le­gal box­ing move called the scis­sor punchK fs it a tech­nique you should learn for self-de­fense? May­beK

Black Belt - - CONTENTS - by Mark Hat­maker

Warn­ing: This “les­son from the masters” is a no-go un­der to­day’s box­ing rules, but it still holds value for self­de­fense. It’s in­sane to think that such tac­tics were at one time con­sid­ered hunky-dory for use in the ring.

While raised in the United States, Nel­son was born in Copen­hagen, Den­mark, in 1882, and this home­town led to an­other of his nick ǣ Dz & Ǥdz was ex­actly that: durable.

Nel­son was never noted a stylist. He was as far from pretty as one can get, but he was old-school Tough with a cap­i­tal T. He would emerge from his cor­ner with his arms crossed in front of his body and start throw­ing with wild aban­don, seem­ingly al­ways swing­ing for the fences.

The man could have been the poster boy for the I’ll-take-three-of-his-to Ǧ Ǧ Ǧ ϐ Ǥ

ϐ & ' Ǥ As fear­some as the man was in­side the ring, no one mis­took what he did for any­thing re­sem­bling the sweet sci­ence.

BAT­TLING NEL­SON — whose name was of­ten short­ened to sim­ply Bat — would just go af­ter his op­po­nents no mat­ter the con­se­quences. He fought two *+Ǧ ϐ ǡ in 1902 and in­volved Christy Wil­liams. There were 49 knock­downs, the most in box­ing his­tory, with Bat top­pling seven times and Wil­liams 42 times. (No doubt that helped es­tab­lish Wil­liams as a mighty durable fel­low, too.)

The Durable Dane once broke his left arm in the mid­dle of a 15-round bout but sol­diered on, ex­plain­ing at the end ϐ Dz cau­tious and kept me [from] win­ning by a knock­out.”

THERE’S NO DOUBT that Bat­tling Nel­son was one of the most fe­ro­cious ϐ ǡ & ϐ would seem to pre­clude him from teach­ing us 21stǦ ϐ thing about the sweet sci­ence, right? Af­ter all, phys­i­cal har­di­ness and sheer ϐ Ǥ Be­fore you dis­miss him, con­sider this: ϐ Ǥ In fact, his in­side work was ex­cep­tion­ally vi­cious. Jack Lon­don, noted au­thor of such clas­sics as The Call of the Wild and The Sea Wolf, was also an avid box­ing fan (Jack did a bit of box­ing him­self), and he of­ten re­ported on major ϐ Ǥ fan of the vi­cious Dane’s style, Lon­don && Dz & Ǥdz

ONE OF BAT’S abysmal — and quasi Ȅ Dz Ǥdz In the era of skintight gloves, Nel­son ϐ & ' ϐ '

in, well, scis­sors-fash­ion. This ad­di­tional bit of pinpoint pen­e­tra­tion is more dis­con­cert­ing than you would think, es­pe­cially to a body that’s used to per­cus­sive blows.

We don’t know if Nel­son de­liv­ered his scis­sor punch with his hook hand palm­down­ward or with it fac­ing him­self. How­ever, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion has re­vealed that, at least for me, the palm-down ver­sion al­lows for bet­ter liver pen­e­tra­tion.

Now, be­fore you go smack­ing the heavy bag with this bit of nas­ti­ness, al­low me to say that my ex­per­i­men­ta­tion also has re­vealed that my hands are not as durable as the Durable

ǯ Ǥ ǡ ϐ ǯ to jam my thumb and par­tic­u­larly my ' ϐ punch into the mix.

The fol­low­ing are the steps I take to throw a ver­sion of the tech­nique that seems to work nicely for peo­ple with any­thing less than Bat­tling Nel­son’s adaman­tine skele­ton. I’ve dubbed it the “Nel­son dig.” ➊ %HJLQ WR ÀUH D OHDG KRRN WR WKH OLYHU ➋ $V \RXU DUP PRYHV WXUQ \RXU KDQG VR LWᅣV SDOP GRZQ

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ϐ &Ǧ ϐ & ǡ & can be de­liv­ered with sur­pris­ing speed and power, but it doesn’t ex­actly need power be­hind it. That pen­e­trat­ing shot to the liver is mighty un­set­tling.

Again, save this one for the street or his­tor­i­cal recre­ations. Don’t try it in com­pe­ti­tion.

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