Boxing has a built-in, natural progression to it when it is taught properly and this applies to defense as much as it does anything else. Some coaches adhere to a sink or swim method. They throw their new protégé into sparring within a couple of weeks or have them competing within a month or less. Some coaches feel like this weeds-out the weak fighters while it develops mental roughness and helps mold character in the more natural-born survivors. They believe that the ones with heart, passion and a real aptitude will stick it out, while the ones who are only trying it out will move on and not waste their time. Considering that boxing is a rough sport and unforgiving in many ways, this approach may not sound totally unreasonable to some people…especially those who practice and preach this method. And, then again maybe, just maybe it’s worth looking at from a different perspective?