What Is Freestyle Boxing? Thing You Should Know!

So you are interested in freestyle fighting.

You have zeroed in on boxing as the one thing you want to get really good at. Freestyle boxing, that’s what you want to learn.

Maybe it's because you have a background in boxing, and want to take it a notch higher.

That’s exactly what I will be telling you about in this article. We will look at freestyle fighting a bit, and you will learn about freestyle boxing.

Freestyle Fighting

We have Bruce Lee to thank for popularizing freestyle fighting. That is when he founded his eclectic, hybrid martial art Jeet Kune Do in the sixties. Plus his being a famous movie star.

Jeet Kune Do is just one among many freeform martial arts. Indeed there are numerous categories of freestyle fighting. Here is a short list of some of these hybrid/mixed/eclectic martial arts:

  • Kudo
  • Kickboxing
  • Jeet Kune Do (also known as Chinese boxing)
  • Sambo-Muay Thai
  • German Ju-jutsu
  • Krav Maga
  • Bartitsu

There are so many types, and I suppose someone is inventing a new martial art right now as you read this. The essential freedom of these martial arts releases the creativity of practitioners, encouraging experimentation which, of course, leads to more arts being invented.

But this article is about boxing, so I will focus on a few freestyle fighting martial arts that include boxing in their repertoire of moves.

Freestyle Boxing

As you have already surmised, freestyle fighting involves what you might call mongrel martial arts. These are martial arts which combine several fighting styles, not just boxing. So under the title “freestyle boxing”, I am considering any martial art that involves boxing.

Freestyle boxing is, therefore, a concept that is different from pure boxing, what we call Western boxing.

I am going to identify a few freestyle fighting martial arts and say something about them. I will talk about Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Bartitsu, and Muay Thai. There are others, but these are the ones I will highlight in this article.


As the name suggests, kickboxing comprises two main striking styles: kicking and punching. This hybrid martial art was developed from Muay Thai, Karate, Kun Khmer, and boxing. You can use it for self-defense, to keep fit, or practice it as a sport.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a military martial art which was developed for Israel’s army and its security forces. It combines Boxing, Wrestling, Jujutsu, Aikido, Judo and realistic fight training.

Having been developed for practical use by Mossad, Shin Bet, and the Israel Defense Forces, Krav Maga naturally focuses on real-world situations. So if you are looking for a freestyle fighting martial art that will help you to defend yourself in ordinary life, this is the one for you.

Krav Maga’s main calling card is its extreme efficiency. It also emphasizes aggression and the use of defensive and offensive moves at the same time.

Jeet Kune Do

Jeet Kune Do (or JKD), as I have already mentioned, was created by Bruce Lee.

The eclectic martial art comprises elements from Wing Chun, Western Boxing, Okinawan Karate, and Epée Fencing. It features heavy influence from the philosophy of Bruce Lee.

Jeet Kune Do is non-classical. It has no form. It believes in using minimum effort. This freestyle fighting martial art will suit you if you are interested in Bruce Lee’s philosophy. If you like to fight fluidly and spontaneously, this is, no doubt, the martial art for you.


Bartitsu has a place in popular culture, having been immortalized in the Arthur Conan Doyle’s story, “The Adventure of the Empty House”. In this story, Sherlock Holmes defeats Moriarty using Baritsu.

The martial art was developed by a British engineer Edward William Barton-Wright in 1898. It combines a wide range of fighting styles, such as Jujutsu, Boxing, Judo, Schwingen, Savate, and Canne de combat.

Bartitsu has three main principles: disturb your opponent’s equilibrium; take him by surprise before he regains balance/strength; subject him to strains in any of his joints (neck, elbow, shoulder, and so forth) that he will find mechanically and anatomically impossible to resist.

Muay Thai

This martial art is also popularly known as Thai Boxing. It uses fists, elbows, shins, and knees. It requires both physical and mental discipline.

Most Muay Thai techniques make use of your entire body movement, with the hip rotating with every kick, punch, elbow, or block.

Final Verdict

If you are interested in finding a martial art that incorporates boxing, you will have a feast of choices. Any one of the freestyle fighting martial arts I have discussed in this article will do.

Check out the gyms in your area, and if any of these hybrid martial arts are on offer, sign up and start learning!

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