Rope-A-Dope - Boxing & Martial Arts Technique

Advertise on Wiki

Join this free martial arts wiki. Add info on Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, etc. Talk with martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

Wiki Revision Date - 09 Aug 2016 12:12

Rope-A-Dope - Boxing & Martial Arts Technique

Rope-A-Dope is a boxing and martial arts technique used to tire out an opponent before launching an aggressive counter attack. A fighter will take a defensive stance in a sparring match and allow the opponent to hit him with only limited or no countering until the attacker is tired. The fighter will just try to block attacks, dodge and/or absorb strikes. Once the opponent is tired out and winded, the fighter will counter attack. This is a dangerous technique as the fighter must be willing to absorb lots of potential damage before attacking.

The classic Rope-A-Dope example is was where Muhammad Ali used this technique against George Foreman in their 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" match. Ali lay against the ropes of the boxing ring and used the "bounce" of the ropes to help absorb the power of Foreman's punches. This allowed Ali to win in the 8th round when Foreman was tired out.

Rope-A-Dope with Muhammad Ali


Martial Arts - Books | DVDs | Kata | Shoes | Sparring

















Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.


Martial Arts Gear