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Our first Junior outing this year will be to Denmark, which will be on November 9th…The team will be announced at a later Date. As usual we have a very strong Junior section this year. Our Matchmaker/Comp Sec. Mr Kelvin Wing has just come back from the ABA office with 46 stamped Medical cards for our Junior Squad ! Our First Senior Dinner/Boxing Event this season will be our Annual Show at The Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell…This will be an Open class Show against a team from Sunderland Tickets are £60 for 3 course meal and Boxing ….for Boxing only tickets are £10 (Adults) £5 (under16’s)…or you can pay on the door…. Tickets for tables of 8/10/12 Guests can Only be obtained from Mr Barry Davenport on 07951 577 755 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org This show is always a sellout and tickets should be booked early to avoid Disappointment!
Lagos 2012 It has been an eventful start to the New season. Our senior team has just got back from a Successful trip from Lagos Nigeria. We had 2 tournaments, of which we Won one and lost one. The Nigerians a very tough but overcome them the second time round. We would like to Thank our President Mr Dabs Edun for making sure the boys were well looked after and providing everything we could ask for to make our stay as pleasant as possible ! This is our third Annual trip to Lagos and the team this year consisted of Thomas Tear – 64k, O’Hara.Davies – 63k, Ryan Pickard – 73k, Umar Sadiq – 81k, Karol Ozimkowski – 69k, and Ben Falaja – 69k. Check out the recent potographs from Lagos 2012 in our 'Photo Gallery' section.
Unfortunately the public’s general view of Boxing is sometimes seen as a Violent and aggressive sport. This is partially fuelled by the crowd lust for blood and a brutal fight and a false belief that a fighter must be motivated by hate and dislike for his opponent. This has come about over the last 20 to 30 years or so with the help of the media & Hollywood glamorising the Noble Art with blood and violence. In turn this has created a misguided impression on a generation of children, future boxers and the general public, on how to conduct themselves in a boxing audience and training environment. I can only speak from personal experience, having come from the ‘Golden Era’ of Boxing at The Repton , ‘Home of Champions’ in the sixties and seventies. I would say that the majority of Boxers who represented the club and country back in those days, were taught to box in an environment which encouraged good sportsman like behaviour with discipline in and out of the ring. Also most importantly, we were taught not to let our emotions influence your actions in the ring. Anger being the worst and most distracting emotion and Fear a close second ! The emergence of ‘Unlicensed’ and ‘white collar’ boxing, has evolved over the last 15 years and morphed into a violent and brutal video game, to emote shock and sensation, for bloodthirsty punters. This has happened because the bottom line is profit. When money is introduced to the equation, conflict of interest is always the next obstacle for the mind to deal with. Because of our human conditioning and natural desire to win and be competitive, some people will stop at nothing to do what is necessary to achieve that goal. The result is, we get Thuggish displays of behaviour and wrong attitude, similar to those recently between David Haye and Derek Chisora at a press conference. These Boxers are meant to be role models for our future Boxing generation. Throughout boxing history, over the years, we have witnessed that a good Boxer will always beat a strong fighter. Why is this ? As a young man, the combination of peak physical fitness and excess quantities of testosterone, pumping trough your body, can create a thin dividing line between controlled aggression and action controlled by emotion. The trick is to be able to focus your mind on the job in hand and operate in the ‘Moment’. Hence the old saying “Boxing on your feet” .Don’t get me wrong. You can’t be a Good boxer by taking aggression and assertiveness out of the equation, otherwise we would be turning out a bunch of losers and not Champions. I would suggest that you can develop a controlled aggression through discipline and right attitude toward the sport, your trainer and your opponents. Call me old fashioned, but if you take emotion out of the equation and replace it with discipline and fitness of body and Mind, you can only end up with an unstoppable fighting machine that embraces the Noble Art as a dance and a game of chess that was always intended from the birth of the sport. Ukrainian lightweight, Boxer Vasyl Lomachenko is a perfect Role model for Amateur Boxing. He is currently the Best pound for pound Amateur Boxer on the planet ! If you think about this deeply, you will realise that every ‘Action’ we carry out in our daily life comes from our Minds. The Mind is like a jungle, forever babbling with thoughts and feelings from the past and future. This can be major distraction for anyone who wants to become a high achiever, in any area of competitive sport. As a Boxer and sportsman, if your mind is as fit and clear as your highly trained body you will be able to focus more clearly on the task in hand rather than be driven by emotion. A mind which is influenced by emotion will always lead us into making wrong decisions and bad mistakes, which in turn results in failure! ...Food for thought from Mark Newman
To the casual fan, a boxing match looks like two individuals standing in a ring attempting to knock each other’s heads off with a strong hook. And that’s definitely a part of it. However, there’s a lot of art and science in pugilism. A boxing match is like the ultimate chess match in a sense, only you’re using much more than your mental attributes. Anyone brave enough to step into a boxing ring needs to understand that it’s about the physical and the mental. And that obviously means that rigorous training plays a constant role in any boxer’s life. Here are some training tips that any amateur boxer can use to better his skill set. Different Training Tips and Methods Using the Right Gear For safety reasons and to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your training, it’s important that you use the right gear when you train. Having the right shoes, A proper Gumshield, the appropriate head gear, and even the right bags will help you to stay safe and train properly. It’s going to be a relatively costly investment, but having the right gear and staying safe is something you can’t put a price tag on. Practice what you Punch Jabs, hooks, crosses, uppercuts – there are a lot of different punches thrown in boxing, and they’re usually thrown in combinations. This means that there’s always a chance to injure yourself. If you’re not punching correctly, you could dislocate fingers, crack knuckles and other bones in your hand and wrist, and even experience shoulder and back injuries. You should always practice throwing your punches through bag use and through sparring. It’s all about technique here. Living the Proper Lifestyle Diet and exercise is very important. You might think that training hard has you covered, but you have to live a life outside of the gym, and this means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, staying away from drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and other bad habits, and avoiding any trouble whatsoever. This obviously includes street brawls and bar fights. You don’t have to live like a monk or priest, but you should live right, keep your head down and focus on your training. Developing Your Footwork Unless you have the right footwork, you’re going to find that your boxing career is very short-lived. Footwork not only means the proper stance, but also the way you move. To practice, it helps to focus on your movement and watch your footwork when shadowboxing in front of a mirror. Practise this also when shadowboxing in the ring. It is good to get familiar with every inch of that canvas. Quick, stable feet are crucial in the boxing ring. The Right State of Mind There’s nothing more important in boxing than being in the right mindset to carry out the task of training and fighting. It was one of the greatest boxers of all time, Mike Tyson, who said it brilliantly when stating that everyone has a game plan ‘til they get hit. How will you react after getting hit? That’s what counts. Ironically enough, you can learn the “what not to do” by focusing on Tyson’s many meltdowns as well. Train your mind to be strong here. Boxing training is pretty straightforward in terms of key principles. You’ll find that it’s the little things you do that make the biggest differences, so remember to focus on your task and to live a boxer’s life if you’re expecting make an impact in the ring. In the beginning, Its important to listen carefully to your trainer and not to pick up bad habits. What we have covered here are just basic principles for beginners. Watch out for future blogs about more in depth methods and techniques!
Although this generation is undoubtedly too young to remember, the world was crazy about boxing throughout the 1970s and well into the 90s. With real life champions like Muhammad Ali and award-winning underdog tales on the big screen like Rocky, boxing was in the air and there were kids in every tough neighborhood in the country pounding the heavy bag at the gym. A lot of the world has obviously changed today, and whether it’s for glory in the ring or for self-defense, the art of pugilism has taken somewhat of a back seat to more popular and undisciplined forms of boxing, like cage fighting and unlicensed boxing. However, millions out there are still trying to learn good old-fashioned boxing, and thus they need some beginning techniques. In this article, you’ll read about some techniques to try out if you’re a beginning boxer. Boxing Moves Every Beginner Should Know Getting the Right Stance Put your feet together and stand up straight. Now have someone hit you in the chest. (With gloves on, of course.) What’s going to happen? You’re going to fall like a dead tree in a storm, all because your balance is off. In boxing, it doesn’t matter how hard you hit, how quick you move or how long you can last. If your stance isn’t rock solid, the first little jab to even hit your guard is going to send you stumbling back, and if you’re off balance, you’re going down ! To work on getting the right stance, you must work on keeping your feet positioned. Stand on the balls of your feet and keep your strong foot behind you (for right-handed people, the right foot, and vice versa), with your opposite foot playing the lead. Whether hitting the heavy bag, the speed bag, or even walking through the grocery store, practice walking like this, with your feet about 24 to 30 inches apart. Jabbing in front of the Mirror Every boxer must learn a straight jab. It’s an incredibly important tool. The fist should come out turning counterclockwise about 45 degrees from the chest to its point of impact. It has to be quick – it has to slip in and snap. And before you can throw it at anyone, you have to know how to throw it. This is where techniques like mirror or shadow boxing come into play. Watch yourself in the mirror . Using the correct stance, stand in front of the mirror, with your fists rested near your chest under your chin, and start throwing jabs. Jabs in boxing set up the hooks and uppercuts and other power punches that most amateur boxers dream of landing. Jabs also keep opponents back and can work as a great defense just as much as a potent offense. So take your time to learn the jab. Marathon Man Although this is the third and last technique covered in this Blog, beginning boxers should only have to work on three things to start. Their stance, their jabbing, and their stamina. Speed and power can always be worked in later – technique is important right away, and thus stamina is needed. You can stand correctly and throw the most picturesque jab in history, but if you’re sucking wind after 2 rounds, you’re going down in 3. Never fail to focus on your conditioning. Always work on improving your cardio. You should be Skipping, running laps, doing Burpees , squats, and sparring in the ring. You want to work at least 100 rounds for every 1 round you’re going to fight. As stated above, there are a lot more than three techniques you’ll have to learn, but these three can get you started. Knowing how to stand, how to punch and how breathe in the ring will give you a puncher’s chance. Defense and speed and power and overall technique will be honed as you proceed.
A lot of people look at boxers and assume that they only really work when they’re fighting. However, as most boxers will tell you, the actual fight is like a half-day when compared to the extremely rigorous training that leads up to a fight. Because boxers train so incredibly hard, any fighter looking to do his best needs the proper diet and nutrition. Below we will touch on things a boxer should eat, and even when a boxer should eat, as in how many meals and at what time of day. What a Boxer Should Eat Carb-Loading You won’t find any boxer out there working on a low-carb diet. This is because carbohydrates are fuel for the body, and boxers definitely need fuel. Now, you do have to realize that we’re not talking about simple sugars (like fizzy drinks) and junk food (like fastfood, crisps cakes etc). Boxers should receive plenty of carbs by way of fresh fruits and veggies, whole wheat pasta and bread, bran products, and other healthier items containing carbohydrates. However, when a Boxer needs to shed a few pounds for fight, he needs to revert to a Protein, Fruit and Veg diet which will quickly get rid of the excess weight over a short period. Healthy Fats The body cannot function properly without fats. But with bad fats, such as trans fats, you’re looking at weight gain, high cholesterol, and a bunch of other problems. So a boxer needs to realize which fats to ingest. All animal fats are typically bad, unless you’re talking about fat from fish. Other than that, olive oil is great for you, along with fats from nuts and seeds. Mono and polyunsaturated fats will help to create energy, and it also strengthens the body’s immune system and its ability to repair itself. Proteins The building blocks of muscle, proteins are essential for not only a strong, active boxer, but also an energetic boxer. Protein is vital for training purposes. The muscles constantly rip and tear – that’s where the sore feeling comes from. Protein helps to repair the body. Lean meats, beans and legumes, are essential for a boxer in training. When a Boxer Should Eat It’s also important to know when to eat and how much to eat if you’re a boxer. Eating the right stuff is only half the battle. For a competitive boxer, you’re looking for a few things with your diet, including: An increased metabolism Consistent muscle development Lasting energy To achieve these three goals, you can’t rely on that three-meal-a-day plan. You need smaller meals at more frequently intervals throughout the day. Your metabolism has to be churning around the clock, and you have to receive bursts of energy consistently to keep from becoming fatigued. This ultimately means that you should eat six smaller meals throughout the day. One when you wake up, a snack about an hour or two later, a light lunch, a snack before dinner, and then a snack after dinner (but not too soon before you go to bed). Spreading the meals out will ensure that you stay energized, that you continue to build muscle, and that your metabolism is always running on high. With the constant training, this is exactly what your body needs. But always remember, everyone is different and you need to find out which combinations of eating and training are best for you…this blog is just a basic guideline…we will come up with other methods and ideas about Nutrition for training in future blogs. Just remember to learn how to read your own body signs and know your limitations.