The answer to this question is subjective. But I personally feel that boxing or any combat sport for that matter can greatly benefit self-confidence. Knowing that you can protect yourself in any situation that may occur will make you feel more secure within yourself and consequently more confident.
Boxing pushes people to their limits and shows them what they are capable of. It removes doubt from our minds. Fear is predicated on uncertainty and doubt. So it’s completely reasonable to feel a little insecure in certain situations if you know that you cannot defend yourself.
But what about confidence in regular interactions, or social environments? Well, I think boxing helps that as well. While it doesn’t have the reputation for it, boxing is a predominantly mental sport. Lacing up a pair of gloves and trading punches with someone takes a lot of courage.
The vast majority of people will never be to do that. Boxing requires incredible mental toughness and dedication. These skills translate very well into day-to-day life and will help many people in social environments. Whether its standing up for themselves, speaking their mind, or simply trying to make a good impression, combat sports can greatly help your confidence in both physical and verbal situations.
How Boxing Can Increase Your Confidence
Physical fitness makes you feel good – The impact of physical fitness on your mental wellbeing is well documented and thoroughly proven in medicine. When we exercise, dopamine is released into our system. Boxing is a form of physical exercise and when you’re fully committed, it can get you in great shape. The exercises in Boxing are highly intense. They are designed to make you fast, lean, and explosive. You probably won’t build muscles from boxing training, but a toned, lean physique is achievable. Looking good will make you feel good about yourself and subsequently increase your confidence.
Boxing pushes you to your limits – I think what makes boxing stand out from other sports and even methods of training is the intensity. The work ethic that boxers have is second to none. Boxing training is rigorous. Through training, you’ll find that you’re capable of much more than you anticipated. The initial struggle is grueling, but if you have the inner strength to push forward, you’ll find out what you’re made of. After knowing that you can push through mental and physical barriers to such a degree, you’ll feel much more confident in anything you put your mind to.Embed from Getty Images
Knowing you can protect yourself – Boxing is an effective combat sport for self-defense. Should you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, you’ll feel much more confident if you know that you can competently protect yourself. Boxing has the capacity for great violence, this shouldn’t ever be used outside of the ring, but in unprecedented situations, you feel better knowing that you can stop someone from hurting you.
How Boxing Can Increase Your Social Confidence
Boxing and most other combat sports are excellent for giving perspective. As humans, we naturally feel nerves and anxiety in stressful situations. This is normal and how we are hardwired. However, a sport like boxing pushes your mental limits like no other. Once you can overcome the mental implications of fighting someone, the little things in life will feel insignificant by comparison.
Boxers have so much respect because of these barriers they have to overcome. Everything from pushing yourself in training to overcoming the nerves before a fight will strengthen your character. Social confidence is something that is eliminated through time and experience. You will only get comfortable in these situations by experiencing discomfort and nothing emphasizes this point like boxing. The vast majority of people will panic when they box for the first time. The adrenaline and fear take over and stops them from being effective. But if you have the courage to repeatedly put yourself in uncomfortable situations, you’ll adapt and learn how to manage the fear and anxiety.
Boxing also allows you to develop a strong focus that can help you socially. Having the ability to focus is an imperative life skill. Many people find that focus is necessary in order to be confident.
Why It’s Important To Be Physically Confident
Some people may argue that your mental capacity and nature are indefinitely more important than physical strength. In regards to confidence anyway. So, they’ll ask themselves, what is the point in being physically strong? Well, there are actually several motives behind physical confidence.Embed from Getty Images
Firstly, aesthetics. While it may seem shallow, being in good shape has a large impact on our mental state. If you look good, you’re more likely to feel good. This doesn’t necessarily mean having a bulging chest and biceps. It’s about being maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will consequently be reflected in your physical appearance. Boxing is an excellent way to stay in shape. It’s highly explosive and great for burning fat. After a few months of boxing training, paired with the correct diet, you should start to notice a change in your physique. While boxing training isn’t great for building mass, it’s brilliant for obtaining a toned physique.
No man has the right to an amatuer in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capableSocrates – Greek Philosopher
Secondly, its important to know how to protect yourself. Should you find yourself in a difficult situation, you will feel much more confident if you know a combat sport like boxing. Other combat sports like Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wrestling, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu are also excellent for self-defense. All of these sports will put you in a much better position to protect yourself in a violent situation. Martial arts like Taekwondo, Karate, and Tai Chi can be effective if you have prior experience with combat sports. But for beginners, they aren’t functional and won’t help much in regards to self-defense.
Can Boxing Make Us Arrogant
Being confident is brilliant but its important to not cross over into arrogance. In a boxing gym, the most important thing is respect. It’s difficult to not have an ego, especially when you’re getting recognition but humility goes a long way. Everyone has an ego, especially fighters since they are so competitive, but its important to keep it in check. Bringing arrogance into your personal life is almost always detrimental.
I think for most people, boxing is beneficial. Nobody wins every sparring session and sometimes this is humbling. Some people will become arrogant when they learn how to fight and they’ll use it to pick on people who are weaker or less experienced. But this is often just done for self-validation and is simply a projection of how they feel themselves.
Certain people won’t be able to handle an influx in power and its probably in their best interest to stay away from combat sports. However, the vast majority of people will become more confident when they take up a combat sport like boxing, and often more respectful as well.
To summarise, confidence is a fundamental element of boxing. In a boxing ring, you have to fight alone. There is only you, your opponent, and a referee. The only person that can help you is yourself. So if you aren’t confident in your own abilities, there is no one else who can help you.
If you struggle with social confidence or anxiety then it may be worth considering trying out a combat sport like boxing. Lots of other combat sports like Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Kickboxing are also great alternatives that have the same fundamental recipe for increasing confidence.