Hello bros, let’s delve into what combat sport you should focus on. Being a well traveled individual, I can tell that finding a boxing or bjj gym usually won’t be an issue and those disciplines happens to be my primary choices as well.
Pros: You will definitely get better the more you train. Unlike BJJ, boxing I would say has an easier learning curve at the beginning stage. Though I can’t say which is easiest to break into on a pro level. Nothing is inherently complex about boxing but obviously some people will hit a ceiling since they don’t have natural reaction speed or athleticism that boxing requires but everyone can learn the basics relatively quick. If you train consistently for a whole year your punching skills is going to better than about 95% of all people on this world.
You will definitely get a good fitness workout. In fact, boxing might be the combat sport you can pick up if you just want to get fit. At a amateur level I would say that it’s even easier to avoid damage than grappling. You don’t need to train Heavy sparring which basically eliminates the risk of brain damage(which is the big issue in boxing). Rarely will you encounter other type of injuries of boxing is just a hobby for you.
Cons: Limited skill set. If you actually happen to be a in real fight against someone that knows wrestling or grappling, tough luck. Boxing is great to know against someone who doesn’t know how to fight but wrestlers can force you to fight on the ground, a place where you will be utterly hopeless.
As I said, boxing has the issue of brain damage. The same issue that is plaguing the NFL world right now. In fact, a lot of boxing veterans point out, it’s not pro fights that gives you traumatic brain damage but all the damn sparrings sessions in the gym. If you pick up boxing, I can’t stress this enough don’t make it a habit of sparring hard in the gym. It’s not a question of if but a question of when you will receive brain damage.
Pros: Not as limited as boxing. This might rile up boxing fans but if you know how to fight on the ground you can neutralize both boxers and wrestlers. Also BJJ is also a very intense workout, you will definitely get in a lot better shape and drop weight.
Cons: I would say it’s a harder skill to pick up than boxing. Even the basics can take a while to get down. I’ve seen people train for over a year and still haven’t gotten out of the beginning stages. There a lot more movements and shit to know when you do grappling.
The problem I have with submission wrestling, bjj… well grappling in general is the pressure it puts on the joints. Basically near 100% of people who do grappling will have some sort of issue with their back or knees if they train it long enough. Don’t get me wrong you’re not likely to end up doing a ACL surgery if you train BJJ lightly but injuries seems harder to avoid as a beginner(though I wouldn’t necessarily say this same for high level practitioners) than boxing.