This Sparring Machine Will Punch You in the Face

For those willing to learn how to box the hard way

October 18, 2017 9:00 am

Unlike biology and chemistry, the sweet science of boxing cannot be learned from a book.

Nope. As many montages have taught us, the art of flicking and slipping the jab, perfecting the rope-a-dope and learning to take a punch has to be gleaned from lacing up the gloves, stepping in the ring and going a few rounds on the canvas, hopefully while a guy named Mick looks on.

Or at least that’s what we thought until we saw a Russian guy floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee while going 12 strong against a metal apparatus mounted on a tree trunk.

A sparring machine that replicates punches to the face, the BTR simulator is capable of raining the type of blows that must be avoided during boxing, karate and other styles of close combat.

The height of the simulator can be changed and the tension in the springs can be adjusted to give the BTR’s arm more or less power. And, from what we can tell, the device is only $150.

You gotta provide the tree.

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