Whilst it’s perfectly acceptable to train without ever really sparring, you will inevitably pick up skills that will become of great use both inside and, hopefully you will never have to, but also outside the ring. These skills and moves that you’ll pick up will only improve against a human target since they react to your moves. There’s never a better teacher than pain to help you drop bad habits whilst fighting/sparring and pick up new and hopefully good ones in the process. As this website has already told you, your agility and reaction time will greatly improve whilst training at North London Boxing Club. Whilst they will improve if you simply train, sparring and fighting against human targets will seriously help you and you will notice a lot more things that you wouldn’t normally pick up on. If you’re interested in pursuing and improving these areas, you may be interested in signing up to Amateur boxing.
Amateur boxing is not what it sounds like. This isn’t your usual half baked, horribly out of tune karaoke singer that’s too drunk to distinguish between a bowl of peanuts and a toilet. When you go amateur, you go hard. They train hard and they want to be the best. That means that they will show no mercy and give no quarter to any challenger they come across. Sounds brutal but gladiators Boxers fight for glory and prestige, not for mercy. Mayweather and Khan, when they fought at the Olympics, were amateur. It simply means that you’re not associated with ads and sponsorship. The reason why I’m trying to make them sound like hyenas that will tear apart any new cub they come across is because it’s true. If you’re scared, or this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then don’t go. However if you want extra challenge and want to prove your mettle when regular gym goers don’t prove enough of a challenge, by all means talk to either Sedat or Arash. They abide by rules and they won’t touch you when you’re on the floor, or a referee tells them to stop, unlike UFC or other kinds of fighting sports. But when you’re standing, prepare for pain.
NLBC offers competitive boxing training classes for kids every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 17:30 to 18:45. You can show up whenever you want.
Before you even consider becoming amateur, there are some things you should do beforehand. Go to North London Boxing Club’s competitive boxing classes in order to truly understand what you’re getting yourself into. Height, weight, and even level of ability is irrelevant provided you enjoy it and Sedat considers you good enough to sign up. Also, invest in a headguard and mouth guard. They’re optional but so are concussions, headaches and broken/missing teeth and a dislocated jaw. It’s your decision at the end of the day.