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jeffreykj7

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Hey everyone,
I was curious to know about how the academy selects cadets to participate in boxing on the NCBA level. Since the academy doesn't recruit for boxing, and since you can take classes, do you have to have prior experience? Thank you.
 

AFrpaso

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My understanding is that people are recruited out of the class or can contact the coach upon arrival. I couldn't tell you how they actually pick who is on the team.

The boxing class is mandatory for everyone.
 

Mamalama

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Is there also club boxing at USAFA? DD and I were looking for club sport options on the USAFA Athletics page and did not see this...
 

brovol

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I can't speak for USAFA, but at West Point my son got to talk to a few of the upperclassmen who were on the boxing team during Beast (WP has won national boxing championship several times in the last five or six years), and he decided he wanted to try out for the team. After Beast, when the academic year starts they can try out. My son said it was a lot of work, but he really enjoyed the chalange. He got cut though, which was fine. He just had the boxing class and did very well, but he said even though he won his fights he took enough punches to know that he can live with not being on the boxing team. Lol. He is on the Crew team. Much less head trauma.

Most kids on the USMA boxing team never boxed before they came to WP. They just look for good athletes who are tough, and have great tenacity and keep coming at their opponent. It is a club sport, but a high profile club sport.
 

jeffreykj7

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Yeah, a bit. On and off for the last 2 years when I can fit it in. Would love to dedicate more time to practice though. Most of my time right now is spent teaching other sports/martial arts. How about you?

Just from learning a bit of form online and hitting the bags at the gym. Do you know anything I might be able to do to help improve myself? I wanted to get lessons, but the ones I looked into were pretty expensive. I'm a junior and so I just started the application, but if the possibility in which I get an appointment occurs, i would like to be better prepared. Thanks.
 

brovol

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Yeah, a bit. On and off for the last 2 years when I can fit it in. Would love to dedicate more time to practice though. Most of my time right now is spent teaching other sports/martial arts. How about you?

Just from learning a bit of form online and hitting the bags at the gym. Do you know anything I might be able to do to help improve myself? I wanted to get lessons, but the ones I looked into were pretty expensive. I'm a junior and so I just started the application, but if the possibility in which I get an appointment occurs, i would like to be better prepared. Thanks.
Personally, I recommend you break your nose, and learn to jump rope. I have never seen a good boxer who didn't have a crooked nose and couldn't jump rope lightning fast with his eyes closed.
 

jeffreykj7

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Personally, I recommend you break your nose, and learn to jump rope. I have never seen a good boxer who didn't have a crooked nose and couldn't jump rope lightning fast with his eyes closed.

Haha I'll take note of that
 

blared-ace

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Just from learning a bit of form online and hitting the bags at the gym. Do you know anything I might be able to do to help improve myself? I wanted to get lessons, but the ones I looked into were pretty expensive. I'm a junior and so I just started the application, but if the possibility in which I get an appointment occurs, i would like to be better prepared. Thanks.

If possible, have someone look at your form. It's one thing to see it online, but another to have someone else there to correct small imperfections. I know this is easier said than done, but if you have the opportunity, go for it. Also, start some sort of cardio workout. Every boxer is a part time runner. Footwork is important too, that's why practicing jump rope is great.
 

blared-ace

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Personally, I recommend you break your nose, and learn to jump rope. I have never seen a good boxer who didn't have a crooked nose and couldn't jump rope lightning fast with his eyes closed.
Good advice. Already been kicked in the nose a while back, gave it a nice angle. Could afford a few more though. I'll work on the jump rope too.
 

goforspaatz

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One of my good friends walked on the team with no prior experience. They recruit out of the boxing class and from a walk-on/tryout period. The best thing you can do is just be athletic in general - the skills will come with practice. Depending on how good you are, freshmen can compete in their first year (we have at least one 4-degree I know going to Nationals this year).
 
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