Can you learn to fight for real from Wii Boxing
In a word: no.
During a Wii Boxing match, you’re mostly waving your arms around. The motions resemble actual punches only superficially.
It is a huge mistake to assume that waving around your arms has any relation to good punching techniques.
The arms are probably the least important body part for strong punching.
Good punching starts with proper boxing footwork. The ability to stay in punching range is what separates good boxers from club fighters. Without footwork, you can’t shift your weight into a punch, move in or out of range, or get punching angles that break down your opponent’s defenses.
Strong legs are also important. In this context, strong doesn’t mean being able to squat three times your body weight. Instead, it means being able to stay on your toes and perform virtually non-stop without fatigue. Although as a boxer, you’ll rarely need to squat down below parallel, your thighs and hips still need to be properly conditioned or your punches will be weak and slow.
Everyone who understands fighting knows the value of a strong set of core muscles. These muscles transfer punching energy from your legs to your fists. Further, they generate the rotational power that makes hooks and uppercuts such devastating close-range shots.
So, while Wii Boxing is great if you want practice in waving your arms around, it fails to accurately duplicate the motions used by boxers and other fighters when they land some serious leather on an opponent.
Practice your footwork, condition your legs, strengthen your core, and use proper punching technique, and you’ll stand a fighting chance. But if you stick with Wii Boxing, you’ll only learn to flap your arms like a baby bird.