It's natural for human beings to seek variety in physical activity, and the world of sports and exercise offers literally hundreds of ways to grow stronger, move faster, endure longer, move more skilfully, or simply have a good time while getting fit. From this perspective, limiting oneself to a few choices may seem unfair. Any program that uses a variety of activities in a systematic way to promote total fitness may be defined as a cross-training program, and people cross-train for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps the most important reason for people to cross-train is to stay active, healthy, and interested in physical activity for longer than any specific sport or activity. From this perspective, BoxingYoga™ is not just for boxers but applies to all groups. Outside of boxing, there are three main groups that may find BoxingYoga™ valuable as part of their routine:
Is boxing violent?
Violent action is part of many sports and is legitimate, even when the same sort of action is defined as criminal outside the sporting context. Boxing, wrestling and the Asian martial arts are examples of legitimate violence. By taking part in these activities, participants have implicitly agreed to the inevitability of rough contact, and the chances of injury. What they have not agreed to is violations of the rules of the sport, injuries from which are illegitimate, and sometimes illegal.
Are boxing and yoga contradictory?
Many people are ambivalent towards boxing (even competitive sport in general) and the name BoxingYoga™ may evoke this ambivalence. On the one hand, boxing is a combat sport, while yoga is a philosophy of non-violence (ahimsa). If hitting people is a form of violence, and boxing requires hitting people, then it follows that boxing is a form of violence. Hence, the ambivalence towards boxing, and its contradiction with yoga.
Is sport (competition) good or bad for society?
Competition, it may be argued, is bad for society because it reduces self-esteem by dividing people into winners and losers. It also shifts attention away from the intrinsic enjoyment of practice and towards winning trophies and medals. From this perspective, to remove competition from society, and thus increasing equality, is to improve society.