Q&A: Is it good to stick a photo of someone you hate on punching bag while training boxing?

by David Jenyns

Question by Swimmer899: Is it good to stick a photo of someone you hate on punching bag while training boxing?
I don’t like lifting weights, but I go the gym all the time. I swim and I train boxing. It’s really easy getting pictures of people I don’t like with Facebook. I just print them, and stick them on a punching bag.

Is this good?

Best answer:

Answer by Victor Llamas
yeah its good.

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Hanna July 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Hahaha! This just made my day! But I guess it’s okay as long as you don’t do it wen they are actually there.(:

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teresaunseen July 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

sounds like a logical way to relieve stress to me

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AngelOfDeath July 12, 2012 at 5:50 pm

What ever helps you sleep at night.

But really, its fine. When I train I always imagine killing people. My master told me “When you’re done there should be dozens of dead bodies around you.”

Make sure to balance it out with meditation so you don’t go around thinking it’s okay to punch/kill people you don’t like.

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ISDS July 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I suppose it would depend on your and/or your martial art style’s spiritual philosophy. Any Zen Buddhist or Taoist style is going to say this is a bad thing for the spirit and for health (mental & physical). Most contemporary psychologists are going to say this is an unhealthy way to deal with stress and relationships.

The general consensus among most medical and holistic health professionals will be this is not a good thing to do. I’d wager most traditional martial artists would also say it’s not good. I don’t think it’s good but my opinion would be from a religious perspective more than any other ethics.

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kibotoyuki July 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

For me, martial arts is a form of self defense. However, while there is indeed no doubt that sticking a picture of the person that I hate on a punching bag will encourage me to hit it harder, in my perspective this turns the art from a self defense to simply fighting. I agree with what ISDS said, though. It depends on what religion your martial art follows (if any) – for example, mine is zen buddhism, and we do not encourage acts of hate.

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Pat Arch July 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

As much as motivating as it can be, I’d say no. For the simple reason, you’ll only develop more hate towards that person, for no reason. Instead, try putting motivating music when you punch.

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Blade Hidden in the Hand July 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Motivation is always good. As long as you can keep your cool when that person is actually there, I think it’s a great idea. I printed a picture of Hitler for my throwing weapons target lol.

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Dane is Right July 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

like Obama?

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Doohee Lee July 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Don’t hate! Masturbate!

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