IMG_1845Boxing is a western martial art that focuses on punching an opponent with only the front of the knuckles. This is a combat sport in which two participants, generally of similar weight, fight each other with their fists. Strikes are only allowed to the head and the body above the waist. Boxing is supervised by a trained referee and is typically engaged in during a series of one to three-minute intervals called rounds. Victory is achieved if the opponent is knocked down and unable to get up before the referee counts to ten seconds (a Knockout, or KO) or if the opponent is deemed too injured to continue (a Technical Knockout, or TKO). If there is no stoppage of the fight before an agreed number of rounds, a winner is determined by the judges’ scorecards. Learning different skills in boxing is useful and teaches an athlete to manage distance to attack, defend and evade. We have boxing classes and private boxing lessons available to members.

Although fighting with fists comes naturally to people, the ancient Greeks provided us our first historical records of boxing as a sport. They codified a set of rules and staged tournaments with professionals. The birth hour of boxing as a sport may be its acceptance as an Olympic game as early as 688 BC. Modern boxing evolved in Europe, particularly Great Britain.

WHAT: Our boxing training focuses on traditional boxing as well as Thai boxing, so you will learn a great deal about using your hands and learning your distance with an opponent. Heavy conditioning is utilized just as much as proper technique because if you cannot keep up with your competitor then you cannot beat him/her. The breakdown of each hour and a half class is as follows:

15 minutes warm up
30 minutes drills (shadow boxing, bag work, pad work…)
15 minutes core
30 minutes sparing drills and sparing

WHO: Our boxing classes focus on everything from the beginner levels all the way up to competition level, and it depends on each individual as to how far you take it. It is for this reason that you will find our kickboxing and Muay Thai members on the mats at the same time working on their fundamentals.

The primary coach that you will see in class will be head striking coach, Jim Baglioni, but you could see one of his assistant coaches, Jeremy Schwisow or Kelsi Kazmierczak.

WHEN: The morning programs consists of 9:00am classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The evening classes are Monday and Wednesday at 6:00pm then Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30pm. Saturday there is a class that is for all ages and all levels starting at 12:00pm.