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Old 09-21-2018, 12:14 PM #1
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Unhappy Conflicted over whether to try boxing again?

At the start of this year I joined my nearest boxing gym attending boxfit sessions 3 times a week, intending to learn to box and compete.

After a couple of months, I was finally told that to learn how to actually box, I had to attend sparring sessions that were held after the boxfit, however the gym turned out to be very negligent as they expected me to spar without any training whatsoever. The second session I attended I came down with a concussion after I got home and had to spend the night in A+E.

I decided not to spar again due to this bad experience, though I still attend boxfit at least once a week. The gym have since changed the way they do things, the sparring sessions are now referred to as "Learn to Box" and they spend that class doing padwork and technique now, obviously worried they're going to get into trouble after what happened to me.

Part of me still wants to compete in the amateurs. But I don't want to relive the bad experience I had. I feel that me suffering a concussion was due to absorbing 80% of my opponents punches since I didn't really know what I was doing.
However if I were to start this time, I'd be under proper training and direction.

One of the problems is that I have ADHD, and I feel that it has been slightly worse since the concussion, and I don't want to be rendered unable to focus.

Having considered all of this, would it still be a good idea for me to compete in the ams (I'm not trying to turn pro or anything)?
I'm 21 years old and I would train hard, regularly if I thought I could be good (I'll be ditching the weights this time which just got in the way last time).
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Old 09-21-2018, 12:37 PM #2
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so you expect to become an amateur and not take a hit?

good luck.
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Old 09-21-2018, 01:22 PM #3
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At the start of this year I joined my nearest boxing gym attending boxfit sessions 3 times a week, intending to learn to box and compete.

After a couple of months, I was finally told that to learn how to actually box, I had to attend sparring sessions that were held after the boxfit, however the gym turned out to be very negligent as they expected me to spar without any training whatsoever. The second session I attended I came down with a concussion after I got home and had to spend the night in A+E.

I decided not to spar again due to this bad experience, though I still attend boxfit at least once a week. The gym have since changed the way they do things, the sparring sessions are now referred to as "Learn to Box" and they spend that class doing padwork and technique now, obviously worried they're going to get into trouble after what happened to me.

Part of me still wants to compete in the amateurs. But I don't want to relive the bad experience I had. I feel that me suffering a concussion was due to absorbing 80% of my opponents punches since I didn't really know what I was doing.
However if I were to start this time, I'd be under proper training and direction.

One of the problems is that I have ADHD, and I feel that it has been slightly worse since the concussion, and I don't want to be rendered unable to focus.

Having considered all of this, would it still be a good idea for me to compete in the ams (I'm not trying to turn pro or anything)?
I'm 21 years old and I would train hard, regularly if I thought I could be good (I'll be ditching the weights this time which just got in the way last time).
Make sure you're all healed up from the concussion. How long has it been?

Then find a new gym. This isn't the place to learn to spar/fight. I sparred for the first time after training for 3 days (although it came very naturally to me and I wanted to spar as I'm a hands on learner). The guys def didn't take it easy on me (I had no control over my own power and am heavy handed, so I'm sure that attributed to that), but they probably should have. Sounds like they weren't doing you a favor by not having an experience sparring partner to help guide you into sparring as opposed to having some dude use you as a human punching bag in there.

If you are still suffering concussion symptoms then prob best to not spar, and maybe you just don't have a chin either. But having good defense, head movement/blocking are key.
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