Slapboxing (or slap-boxing) is a fighting sport like boxing, though competitors use open handed slaps instead of punching with their fists. There is also the sport of slap fighting, in which the combatants take turns slapping with no defence allowed.
The sport involves two participants slapping each other with open hands. It is typically performed as a display of skill and technique rather than as a serious competitive fight. The objective is to slap the opponent as hard as possible while avoiding getting hit in return.
Slapboxing can be performed with protective gear such as gloves or bare-handed, and rules and regulations may vary depending on the specific context in which it is being performed. Competitions are rarely held, bouts are performed as part of training or sparring, or when boxing protective gear is unavailable.
This activity is not officially recognized as a sport, and is considered dangerous due to the potential for injury from the slapping motion.
- Slap Fighting — competitors take turns slapping each other until one is knocked out or quits.
- Boxing (general) — a combat sport in which two players throw punches at each other.
- Bare-knuckle boxing — two individuals participate to fight against each other without using boxing gloves or any other type of padding on their hands. Also called Fisticuffs.
- Lethwei (Burmese bareknuckle boxing) — an unarmed Burmese martial art similar to other kickboxing styles from the region, in which the fighters fight bareknuckle with only the use of tape and gauze on their hands
- Karate — a martial art developed in Japan that uses punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and some open-hand techniques.