Boxing Gyms and How to Survive Them – 3 Golden Rules

Golden Rules to Survive Them AND Learn How to Box!

Being an active, competitive boxer requires that you attend one of the many boxing gyms scattered throughout many towns and cities across many countries all across the world. Even in those countries where professional boxing is banned (for example Norway and Sweden), there are a wealth of well-run amateur boxing gyms where the skills and techniques of the noble art are taught for a very reasonable price. To learn how to box is really one of life's cheaper pursuits (assuming the cost is not measured in blood, sweat and tears of course).

It being the case then that there are many boxing gyms and it will only be by a quirk of geography, a lack of desire to box competitively or some medical-type reason (for example acute agoraphobia) that might prevent you from joining one of the community boxing gyms to learn how to box, I wanted to write a short article to provide 3 simple rules to observe if you are about to cross the threshold of a local boxing gym in your area.

Without further ado, let's go over the simple considerations that will allow you to cope with the new environment of the boxing gym and learn how to box in double-quick time.

Rule 1:

Do not feel the need to go and spend piles of cash on sparring gloves, head-gear, boxing boots and so on. Keep it simple in the short-term. You will need as a minimum training clothes and shoes, boxing wraps and shower gear. That's it. You do not even need in the short term to buy bag gloves or a skipping rope as the gym will provide these. As time passes and you make a decision as to whether you like being around boxing gyms, you can spend your dollars on the bag gloves, skipping rope, boxing boots and gum shield. All other gear will continue to be provided by the gym.

It is worth understanding that you might want to avoid buying gloves for sparring as the coach will often want to assess their suitability to be used in his or her boxing ring. On a number of occasions I've had to disappoint boxers by refusing to allow them to wear their freshly imported and eye-wateringly expensive gloves for sparring because of the lack of padding in the knuckle area. A boxing coach's primary responsibility is to the safety of the boxers, so they will not mind at all leaving you with a very, very expensive pair of bag gloves rather than allow those gloves into their sparring ring where the risk of injury to one of his or her boxers will increase.

Rule 2:

When you join, do not feel upset that the coach does not immediately welcome you to the gym with open arms and spend every waking moment bestowing their knowledge upon you. The reality of most boxing gyms is that the coach is very, very busy and time …

Building and Managing a High School Soccer Program

The following interview is with Coach Bill Bratton, who was my Soccer Coach at Cross Keys High School in Atlanta, Georgia for the school year 1989-1990. I asked him for an interview to share his thoughts on Soccer. He has been involved with Soccer for over 25 years so I wanted to pick his brain on the subject.

Stafford:

Hello Coach, you have been coaching high school soccer for over 25 years. How did you first get involved in the sport?

Coach Bill Bratton:

Hi Stafford and thank you. Well I started coaching soccer in 1982 in DeKalb County in my first year teaching at Sequoyah High. The previous coach had left and the school needed someone to coach. The principal offered me the opportunity to take over the program.

Stafford:

How was that experience for you and how did you prepare for this new role as a High School Soccer Coach?

Coach Bill Bratton:

I will admit I had never played or coached soccer before. In the off season I spent time preparing and learning by reading books and going to clinics. I will also admit that the players knew more about the skills, the formations and what it took to play the game than I did but it was the coaching organization of putting a team together to play as a team that was my strength. I really enjoyed coaching soccer once I mastered the knowledge I needed.

Stafford:

How long did you coach at Sequoyah and how did you end up at Cross Keys?

Coach Bill Bratton:

I coached Sequoyah for 4 years before DeKalb began a consolidation program and I transferred to Cross Keys in 1986. I had the privilege of coaching the Keys program for the next 20 years. I earned my Georgia class D coaching license as well as a Class C level National Coaching license from the USSF. The situation at Cross Keys was much like Sequoyah, they needed a new soccer coach and the AP who would become the principal offered me the position.

Stafford:

How was the situation at Cross Keys, and what did it take to build the program?

Coach Bill Bratton:

It took hard work and discipline to build the program. My job involved rebuilding a program. It had lost its organization, discipline was amuck, and the program wasn’t winning, just 2 years from finishing 3rd in the state. I had to incorporate discipline into the program and to teach players what playing on a school competitive team meant and was needed to win. This progress was going to take many years to complete.

Players would tell me “Coach we just want to play”. Cross Keys was a highly transient school. It was a constant rebuilding progress every year. They had no understanding of playing as a team, that they had to come to practice, to commit, and to be successful they had to play as a team. As I look back that took 2-3 years to get across. …

How to Setup a MMA Gym at Home

How to Set up a MMA Gym at Home

If you are serious about your mixed martial arts training, then you know your training is not confined to the dojo. Much of a serious mixed martial artist’s training occurs outside of the dojo. If you want to train on your own, at your own pace, then having your own MMA gym at home is completely indispensable.

How can you go about setting up your own MMA gym at home? There are only a few bare necessities that are absolutely necessary for a proper gym, and a few which will add immense value to your training environment.

Lets begin by considering how you can turn any given empty room in your house into a training area. A great room that can be transformed into a MMA gym at your home would be an attic, an extra bedroom, a garage, or a basement. Essentially, all you need is enough empty space to move about while training, and a ceiling high enough to accommodate your heavy bag.

Once you have chosen a room, you should go about clearing out the floor space and covering it with some high density padding. High density padding will help absorb the impact from takedowns and constant movement barefoot. While it should be high impact padding, it shouldn’t be too soft because if it is you will not be able to move properly on it. The right type of floor covering is available from most martial arts suppliers online.

Now that you have prepared the flooring, the next step would be finding a suitable anchoring for a heavy bag. A heavy bag is exceptionally important for striking and kicking technique training. It should be heavy enough to absorb your hardest attacks so you can progressively get stronger. Another great item to have in your home gym is a two sided bag which is fastened to the ceiling as well as the floor. This will allow you to train your reflexes and coordinate your strike timing.

Along with the two bags, a speed bag or jump rope are great additions to your home gym. A few kettlebells and a sandbag piled in the corner can make great training aids. If you add a pullup bar, you will be prepared for hardcore renegade MMA training in the comfort of your own home.

Another aspect of your home gym you should take note of is air flow. Having a decent flow of fresh air is extremely important when pushing yourself to the limit during a MMA training session. This can be supplied by an open window or a door and a fan. Low oxygen levels will have a detrimental effect on your ability to train at your higher intensity levels.

Now that you have a training area with a heavy bag and flooring, there is only one last thing you could add to maximize your MMA home gym That is mirrors. Mirrors are a great way to sharpen your own skills …

Useful Information About Boxing

The sport of boxing started when two individuals engaged in a fight using their fists. The Greeks are believed to be the first to formalize the sport during the Olympic Games in 688 BC. During the Roman era, the sport of boxing became increasingly popular and boxers wore leather bands around their fists for protection. Some of these bands contained metal strips that caused significant injuries to either opponent.

After the fall of Rome, the sport was not as popular, but was revived in the 18th century when James Figg held the heavyweight title for over 20 years. In the Industrial Revolution the game was known as the workingman?s sport with matches resembling street fights, rather than an organized event.

In 1773, English born Jack Broughton became the second heavyweight champion. The bouts became more organized at that point and rules and regulations came into play. Hitting below the belt was banned, and matches were decided using the point system. The bouts were held in a ring with spectators sitting around the squared off area – much like today’s fights.

Today, boxing competition is divided into a set number of rounds, three minutes long with a one-minute rest period between each round. Championship bouts usually last for 12 rounds, but because there is no real governing body, rules vary from state to state in the US. Judges determine the winner using scorecards as the fight goes on. There is a referee who determines if illegal moves are made or if a fighter is too injured to continue the match. In some cases, the referee calls a “knockout” when an opponent has been knocked down or knocked out.…

Boxing Techniques – The Different Stances and Movement in Boxing

In boxing defence and offence are achieved via the padded fists. Generally four types of punches exist. All other punches are basically variants of the below. If a boxer is right handed, his lead foot will be his left, and vice versa – the leading hand providing faster punches, the rear conversely used for power punches (more power is employed with the rear hand through weight distribution and greater momentum).

Stance

The modern boxing stance is a reflection of the current system of rules employed by professional boxing. It differs in many ways from the typical boxing stances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It’s been stated that Americans adopted a more upright vertical armed guard (as opposed to more horizontally held, knuckles facing the ground guard as seen when looking at early 19th century boxers such as Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, etc.) due to the Americans’ confrontations with the Filipino natives as a result of the Philippines Spanish-American war. When engaged in hand to hand combat, the Filipinos would slash the wrists of the American soldiers, the Americans adapted by changing the guarded stance and is thus just one example of a boxing technicality evolving.

The boxer must stand with the legs shoulder-width apart. The boxer places the lead foot (the left foot for a right-handed fighter, the right foot for a left-hander (southpaw) more forward than the back foot so the front foot’s heel is in line with the back foots toes. The toes point straight forward, towards the opponent. The lead fist (the jabbing fist) is carried in front, half a dozen inches in front of the face at eye level (both arms should always be held straight and vertical – in line with the shoulders). The back fist is held against the chin and the arm lies in place against the body to protect the rib cage.

Knockouts are usually scored with punches to the chin. Modern boxers can sometimes be seen “tapping” their cheeks or foreheads with their fist in order to remind themselves to kept their fists up in this defensive position (which becomes difficult during long bouts). The torso is kept straight and the chin is tucked into the lead shoulder (which is often kept tense to further protect the chin).

Movement

Modern boxers are taught to “push off” with their feet in order to move effectively. Forward motion involves lifting the lead leg and pushing with the rear leg. Rearward motion involves lifting the rear leg and pushing with the lead leg. During lateral motion the leg in the direction of the movement moves first while the opposite leg provides the force needed to move the body.…

History of Boxing Gloves

The history of boxing gloves dates back to three thousand years ago and there have been significant changes in the make up of gloves. Major changes were initiated by the Greek Olympians who made the usage of hardened leather straps so that they could protect their knuckles well. The Greeks shared the information with the Romans and the Romans took the entire sport to a whole new level. However the Romans were the people who added in some extra fittings to the gloves that resulted in the loss of many lives, thus making the game more complex and thereby requiring rules which were strict in nature. Things turned to be so complex that the entire sport had to be banned in 30. B. C. However the sport did not vanish completely, still there was illegal existence of men fighting with bare knuckles.

However in the 17th century there was reemergence of boxing and there was introduction of the boxing gloves in the ring. But still there was a special preference given to fighting with bare knuckles. There was still prevalence of fighters losing their lives inspite of the fact that the sport was declared illegal.  

However the sport gained respect with the inclusion of Marquis of Queensbury rules and on the provision of compulsion on the usage of gloves within the ring. In the 19th century there was revival of the sport as a legal procedure and it was free to be progressed. It was after this that there was wider utility of boxing gloves, and as a result there are different types of boxing gloves available in the market. These days you can find the gloves for different categories let it be for youth with the trendy models, male, female, competition and even the non competition styles. This is because boxing is considered as a very good form of exercise, so there are diverse requirements of boxing gloves for the people on competing level and the people not practicing on a professional level. Further boxing gloves are even used these days for the different forms of martial arts like the kickboxing. As far as kickboxing is considered there is much usage of feet however to meet the adequate safety levels gloves are used.

There are different types of gloves designed to cater to some particular purpose, like for example you have the speed bag glove which has an extra padding than the padded leather mittens. Because in some form of games there is wider importance given to the speed and with the speed bag gloves the main aim is to protect the knuckles against the speed of the competitor.

Incase you are using a heavier punching bag then it is essential that you use a heavier bag glove, in this case the speed doesn’t matter much but the force matters so in this case the heavier bag glove intends to provide more protection to the hands and the wrist of the boxer. These gloves have extra foam padding and …

How to Get Fit by Boxing

Have you always thought that the professional boxers are the only one who go for boxing training programs? This is a completely wrong idea as there are many people who prefer boxing just to keep their body fit and active. An active body is the key to success from all aspects. In fact boxing is the only sport which not only makes your body strong but it also strengthens your mind.

Apart from the regular diet and exercise programs start practicing boxing for at least half an hour a day. Who knows gradually you will become the champion boxer of your locality as well as an efficient worker at the office. Many of you believe that boxing is just the right way to improve the muscles and make your legs and arms more active. But this is for your information that boxing will improve your self-defense, concentration and confidence.

Techniques of Boxing

A perfect boxing training is all about few right movements and a lot of hard work. The most popular moves are power punches, aerobic moves, sparring jabs and kicks actions. If you practice the moves under the supervision of a skilled trainer then the chances are very high that you will own a perfectly shaped body with extreme swiftness and reflex.

This is also a good way to burn the excess flab around your tummy. Did you know that if you practice full fledged boxing for one hour without taking short breaks then you will end up loosing almost 500 calories?

The heart rate is maintained at around 80{5807dd84655f4134ecd9e5329f6029a509ca345e8618f0c2e20323bdeed6de70}. The boxing programs are different for various levels. The beginners start with the nominal boxing schedules and gradually move to the next level when they are very much comfortable with the existing level.

How to Start Boxing?

Yesternight you and your family decided that you should start boxing and you will start it from the next morning – this is not possible as you need to do little preparation for this. First of all find out a place at home where you can start practicing the basic kicks and punches with a sandbag.

You can turn your backyard or a garage into a boxing ground. Buy some good quality gloves as they are the most important equipment for the boxers. Then you will need a tutor who can teach you the core techniques of boxing. Yes you can seek help from the boxing videos and books but the best way to learn is to get someone who can show you the punches and hits practically. If you do not have anybody at home who can help you this way then go ahead and join the nearest boxing club to stay fit forever.…