boxing team

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  1. usna.hopeful19

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    Does anyone know if lightweight boxing at USNA is a competitive sport in terms of tryouts/ how open the team is to teaching newbies?
     
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    The team is pretty open to newbies, or at least in the past it was. They do workout a ton and are in great shape. Great tradition in the sport also.
     
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    Yeah that sounds great. From your experience is there anything you saw in those who succeeded versus those who didn't? I can do a lot with my bodyweight in terms of running pushups and pullups but I've always been kind of tall and lanky :p
     
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    They can take getting punched in the face! Time management, heart, desire. Same thing for any sport. Sports and the Academy are tough at the club and D1 level. Especially for a sport where you are new like boxing. If you put the time in, it can be rewarding and a lot of fun. Some folks to better with sports in their life as t really sets the schedule for daily life, others struggle with it. There will be lots of early morning conditioning. It is a lot of mental.
     
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    I boxed at both the Batt and Brigade level and have remembered my time with fondness but it did not start that way. We had boxing in PE classes and I hated it. It was exhausting, I hurt, headaches like I had never had before and I really, really dreaded those days. It became such a bug a boo with me I decided to beat my fear instead of living like a scared rabbit. So I went out and it was a lot like crew----everybody is a rookie and dumb as a load of rocks. I thought I had been given a workout during Plebe summer and Plebe year but it was nothing like boxing workouts. We ran, ran,ran, lifted weights, did calisthenics, and worked like Trojans on the bags. After weeks of this I thought "Are we never going to get into the ring?" Finally, we did and I discovered something. When you are in superb shape, you can learn how to box and become good at it. When you are physically not dying inside, you can follow the strategies and carry them out. It was a whole new world and I loved it......I was actually competent at something and my street creds went up exponentially in my company. I never got to the Brigade finals and wound up being a sparring partner for the guys that did but I walked away with a lot of self confidence and a different outlook on getting into fights outside of the ring. I became a diplomat and pacifist in future bar arguments as you never know what kind of opponent you may be facing. I also became a great believer in preparation and simulation before combat and that served me very well in the years to come.
     
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