Years ago, I trained as a boxer, purely for the exercise, but I learned so much about myself. I learned how to apply the boxing skills to my everyday life. I became more confident and opened-minded. I also however became more peaceful. I gained self-control and a greater sense of discipline. Many of the boxers I met were gentle, kind and generous outside of the ring. They had a sense of control and peaceful nature. They knew that if they lost control they could cause unwanted damage.
“Boxing’s a sport that won’t go away…It provides a set of rules and a moral context to permit that which is desirable, even beautiful, to emerge—grace, speed, precision rhythm and ultimately art.” Frank Castle*
Frank Castle joined the US Marines but before he left for battle he married his true love Maria. During the Vietnam War he joined the Special Forces and USMC's Reconnaissance, Force Reconnaissance and Sniper Schools. Through the Special Forces Frank Castle went through the U.S. Army Airborne School, and the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team training, becoming qualified as a Navy Seal and becoming highly qualified Black Ops Soldier. After, his tour of duty Frank retired with his family in New York City. One day while having a family picnic in Central Park the Castle family witnessed the Costa crime family murder an informant. Leaving no witnesses the Costa murdered the Castle family. Frank Castle survived. He Decided to take justice to the streets as a vigilante protecting the innocents. Using the name, the Punisher, Castle raged a war on crime.
Pugilism or Boxing is two combatants with gloved hands punching each other using the skills of strength, endurance, speed and determination until a winner is decided. For some it is a hard sport to watch and for others it is beautiful. There are many rules to Boxing but there are three rules we can use in our daily lives. When placed in the context of daily living they take a different meaning. One, do not hit below the belt. Two, do not hit the opponent behind the head, rabbit punch (neck) or kidney punch (back). Finally number three, if the opponent is floored, knocked down; do not continue to hit the opponent. Causing an opponent unnecessary pain is not a moral fight. For a victor to continue to hit the opponent is gruel and unusual punishment. When the battle is finished the true victor will morn for the opponent offering a helping or a sympathetic hand.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man, #129 (February 1974), Marvel Comics
Creators: Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita, Sr.
* “The Boxer”, The Punisher, #21, July 1989, Marvel Comics, Mike Baron, Eric Larsen