The 27th of June saw both the Myaree and Highgate advanced Boxing and Muay Thai teams come together for an action packed day of sparring. With announcements of the return of fight shows here in Perth, the competitors of both clubs trained together with an epic 80 participants all putting each other to the test in the Myaree facility which hosted the 16 rings for the teams to showcase their skills. Although it was a cold and wet day, the venue was heating up straight away as the 80 competitors started sparring at 10am. The sparring was set to 60 second rounds with teams of 5-7 at each station. With one person staying in the middle through the change of sparring partners. The constant rotation was putting everyone’s conditioning to the test as the fresh partner entered the ring and picked up the pace.
An incredible spectrum of skill was on display throughout the day with some of the fresh additions to the team getting the chance to step in and learn from veterans with as many as 300 competitive bouts. The next generation were in attendance to get a glimpse of the action and take some training inspiration from the more elite athletes amongst the two clubs who were putting on a show. After a full 90 minutes of non-stop sparring, everyone involved came together for a group photo followed by a hearty breakfast whilst recapping the event and the highlight match-ups. With 14 championships amassed through the Highgate team already, the Myaree team are looking to have a debutant before the end of the year and the sparring event helped to set some clear goals for who that debutant might be.
As always, the community was ripe for the event with over 50 members outside of the fight teams coming down to watch. With the sparring finishing up around 11:30, the entire crew stuck around for some breakfast and the chance to share some inspiration with each other for those that are looking to work their way in to the team or for those that are looking at locking in a fight date. Whether its sparring, competing or changing and building your body composition, the Champions Gym community is the place to be.
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All photos were taken by the incredible Joshua Hew photography!
Coach Adam Hope has studied the Sweet Science for most of his life. Taking up Boxing at the tender age of 12, Adam has investigated the many different styles and shares his knowledge on 3 examples. Covering everything from the characteristics of the style in focus, to the positive and negatives of putting it in motion, Adam also provides the perfect Boxer to study for whichever styles tickles your fancy.
The first style Adam discusses is Olympic Boxing. Given there are typically two roads a boxer can take in their career, olympic/amateur or professional, The olympic style is covered first as it often leads to a stint on the professional for many boxer’s. The olympic style of boxing is largely based around outscoring your opponent. Being able to successfully hit your opponent without getting hit in return is imperative in olympic boxing as it showcases your skills. A very valuable point to discuss for the reason that olympic boxing is approached this way is also due to the fact that the boxer will need to get through many bouts in order to achieve the sought after prize. Therefore, taking less damage in each of the bouts is of the highest importance for the competitor.
Typically, a professional boxer will have produced a successful amateur boxing career prior to moving into the realms of professional boxing. Often, it is only when the amateur boxer has achieved all that the amateur has to offer, that the career of professional boxing is considered. A professional bout will usually offer a large monetary prize for the victor. With a position of massive financial gain on the line, professional boxing encourages the far more risky style of competitor. The pressure fighter who attempts to overwhelm their opponent in a manner that makes the ring feel like the smallest place in the world, and the counter fighter who encourages their opponent to risk it all with a planned method to capitalise already in motion.
As well as addressing the benefits and the pitfalls, Adam also provides some notable competitors to study for each style discussed. If you are somewhat of a boxing fan, they are likely to be names that you will be familiar with. Its interesting to dive deeper in to the style of the fighter and exactly what it is that makes them successful. Adam’s knowledge of boxing styles is incredible to listen to and is bound to give a clear reason for the hype around the sport boxing and why it is called the sweet science!