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Mike Tyson's Chi Sao Mastery

When you think of Chi Sao (sticking hands) experts, "Iron" Mike Tyson is probably NOT one of the names that immediately springs to mind!

But when you look at Boxing as a martial art and study the "sweet science" in this regard, you'll find many high level concepts you've learned in other world martial arts also exist there. Obviously there is no kicking or ground wrestling in Boxing but hand trapping and standing clinch work are there to be studied in many variations.

While this might seem unusual in what is considered a "fist" sport, one must remember that Boxing is a highly personalized endeavor where crafty fighters learn to take advantage of their unique attributes and temperament / personality. These are combined with the basic tools of Boxing to become their personal "style", so while two boxers may use the same punches, they can apply them with very different tactics in the ring.

So, let's take a look at Tyson's use of Chi Sao in this 1991 fight against "Razor" Ruddock, shall we!


Mike Tyson & Donovan Ruddock

I've embedded the video at Alliance so you can check it out. It's a little over 26 minutes and you'll have ample opportunity to see Tyson use this tactic throughout the fight so I don't really have to say "go to this minute mark" to find an example.

Now, obviously he and Ruddock don't walk up to each other and assume the classical double sticking hands position and then proceed to roll. Instead it is a natural byproduct of the fighters being in trapping range and Ruddock attempting to alternately hold Tyson and push him away with extended arms.

Both of these actions allow Tyson the opportunity to use hand control sensitivity to dominate in the clinch and fire strikes of his own. Watch as he enters and how their arms get tied up and you'll see what I mean about the Chi Sao connection.

In the 3rd round alone you'll see his use of the Fook Sao (Hooking Hand) and Double Fook Sao, Tan Sao (Palm Up Hand), Jut Sao (Jerking Hand), Huen Sao (Circling Hand), Jao Sao (Running Hand), etc. These should be readily apparent to anyone with training in these arts when you know to look for them.

Once contact is made, Tyson is able to use his Ting Jing (Listening Energy) to know when and where to punch while maintaining control of Ruddock in the clinch. In doing so he demonstrates his mastery of high level martial skill, far from being a simple brawler the way the media liked to portray him.

Boxing is Boxing; whether American or Chinese it's knuckles and knockouts! And as you see, having the skill in Chi Sao is devastating either way.

All my very best to you,

Pete Kautz

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