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Getting Comfortable with Punches coming at you

Are you thinking about training to fight?

Our January Fight School intake have started training!

If it’s something you are interested in, this is the time to consider signing up for our next fight school as places go fast.

Here’s a bit more about the programme from coach Anthony Young.

Nutrition and Mindset 

We want to help you get in shape, but we also want to teach you how to do it the right way. Our
nutrition and mindset workshop will help you learn how to eat healthily without depriving
yourself, how to set realistic goals for yourself and your workouts, and how to build a strong
inner core that can carry you through any challenge life throws at you.

Conditioning – becoming comfortable with punches coming at you and preparing your body and mind for
combat.
Conditioning is the first stage of fight camp and it’s about getting your body used to the rigours
of boxing. Boxing is an extremely intense sport, so this initial phase allows you to acclimatise to
the movement required for fighting and allows you time to adjust your diet before cutting weight,
if required, for a fight.
At this stage, conditioning involves learning how to move in a ring as well as doing
cardiovascular exercise such as boxing specific drills, running, cycling or swimming in order to
improve endurance. It also involves strength training circuits including exercises such as squats
and lunges in order for your body’s muscles and tendons to get used to the high intensity nature
of boxing.
During the conditioning phase, our tech sessions are spent getting accustomed to having
punches thrown at us. This can be a daunting prospect!
For many of us, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that boxing is all about hitting other people.
But what we’ve found is that the real value of boxing comes from learning how to defend
yourself—and that means knowing how to take a punch.

You can’t learn to swim without getting wet… and you can’t learn to box without getting hit.

So we start off by working on our defensive skills, which means learning how to use our hand
defences and to move our head, once comfortable avoiding punches we’ll work on
counterpunching. This gives us an opportunity to focus on what’s going on without getting
overwhelmed by our own fear of being attacked. We gradually build up our intensity with each
session until we’re ready for more advanced techniques.
The overall aim of this stage is to get your body and mind used to the demands of boxing so
that you’ll be able to train harder and longer without getting injured.

Do you want to understand how to eat for weight loss or to maximise your performance?
Perhaps you’re confused by all the trending fads: low fat, low carb, keto, intermittent fasting
etc… What is really the best way to eat? In our nutrition and mindset workshop you will learn the
principles to keep things simple. This session will provide all the info you need to get your
nutrition on track and explain the importance of mindset and why you need to do the brain work
too.

The workshop will include an interactive session where you can ask questions and get
answers from our experts. You will learn: What is the best way to eat for weight loss or performance?
What does macronutrient breakdown mean?
What are good fats and bad fats?
How much protein do I need and what are some good sources?
How often should I eat and how many meals per day should they be split into?
What, if any are the benefits of ‘fasting’ (intermittent fasting)?
Do I need to take supplements (pre workout, BCAA etc…) in order to train harder & longer
without getting injured?

The second phase of a boxer’s training is the skill development stage. This is when you begin to
learn the “moves” that will be used in competition, such as combination punching and defensive
manoeuvres. We will produce a blog post around this topic at a later date.

Conclusion
We are very excited to have a busy and enthusiastic group undertaking the current programme, who fill fight in The Clapham Grand on Thus 16th March.  This group are about to embark on a journey of self growth as well as becoming unbelievably fit and honing their boxing skills.  There is no greater challenge than getting into the ring and overcoming your own fears as well as taking on an opponent.

If you think you are up for the challenge and you would like to join our next intake starting in May, apply at the link below and we will be in touch.

Apply Here 

Thank you for reading.

 

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New coach in the house


At 12 Rounds our focus on real boxing technique is something we are very proud of.  Teaching our members skills by nailing the basics from the ground up is a big part of our ethos.  To learn to box properly is an art form, you must get your balance, footwork and hands all working together to throw basic combinations before you can progress.

We also believe that the best people to teach you are those who’ve walked the walk themselves.  Our trainers are all competitive boxers and Thai boxers and we are very pleased to welcome new coach Scott Smart to the team.  Scott comes with vast boxing knowledge and experience with over 50 amateur fights in the bag.

We’ve done a little Q&A so you get some cool info on the newest member of the 12 Rounds family:

Name:Scott Smart

Amateur Bouts:55.  Wins – 39, Losses – 16

Previous Club:  Islington ABC

Favourite bout– Scott’s favourite bout was away in South Africa. He and his team travelled to South Africa in 2013 to box against the Johannesburg boxing team. They were there for 10 days for a training camp and at the end of the camp they had a tournament against the Johannesburg team. Not only did Scott win his bout, but he also won the boxer of the tournament award!

Toughest bout –Scott was a guest boxer at a show against a travelling team from Denmark. The bout ended with a split decision loss, however the loss wasn’t the toughest part to take. The boxer Scott faced was extremely aggressive, constantly coming forward with little let off. By the time Scott had worked out how to box against him, it was too late.  If only he had had another round to go…

Favourite punch –Lead upper cut.  “It’s a really nice punch to land”.

Favourite boxer –Pernell Whitaker.  Scott describes him as the “perfect southpaw”.

What are you excited to bring to 12 rounds – Scott’s excited to show his perspective on boxing.  He is looking forward to teaching his style, whilst working with the 12 rounds members to develop their skills.

What excites you most about joining the team?  Making new friends and enjoying what we do!!

We are so pleased to have such an experienced boxer and coach joining the team.  If you’ve been thinking of learning to box, even if you just want to do it for fitness, our fantastic coaches are there to teach you the ropes and are in your corner all the way.

Why not join us for a trial session?  Head over to our calendar and choose taster session to book yourself in for a free trial.

We can’t wait to meet you

Big love
The 12 rounds team!

 

 

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Taking a back seat……

Sitting in my front row VIP seat watching the fights on Sun night, I couldn’t help but feel a bit useless.

I’m used to being at the front of all the action.

Over the last few years I’ve gone from fighter to coach to overseeing the team.

Now at 8 months pregnant, I’m forced to take a step back and let the 12 Rounds Team run the show.

And what a show they put on.

I could not be more proud.  It’s not easy for any business owner to trust others with your baby.  I am so lucky to have an exceptional, loyal and hardworking team that believe in my business just as much as I do.

The DKM Sunday evening White Collar Show was dominated by 12 Rounds fighters.    Everyone of them demonstrated superb skill and composure under pressure. The results speak for themselves.

I believe that it all comes back to the leadership and dedication of the coaches.

There are a lot of White Collar programmes out there.  Some of them even let you train for free.

I truly believe that ours is far superior in terms of the experience you get.

Signing up for something like this is not something you take lightly.  It’s a huge commitment.  10 weeks of hard, focussed training.  Putting yourself in completely unknown territory.  You will most likely experience fear, doubt and exhaustion.

Why would anyone do this to themselves you might ask?

Well coming out the other end you will be a changed person.  The self growth, confidence and sense of achievement you will experience are second to none.  If you can handle this, you can do pretty much anything.

And did I mention the physique you’ll get?  Check out the weigh in pic above.   And this happens by default – because of the intense training and healthy regime, you will automatically change shape.

If you are up for the challenge we have an intake session this Sat 23rd Nov at 11am where we will be taking a new group through a sample fight skool session. You don’t need experience but what you do need is commitment and A LOT of heart.

Places for our January programme are already filling up.  In fact 6 out of the 16 spaces have already gone.

If you want in on or our January programme follow the steps below:

1.  Fill out the application at the link here
https://12rounds.wufoo.com/forms/x166hyyo11l4uc2/

2.  Once we receive your application you’ll be invited to come to our intake day on Sat and get a feel for the training and coaching.

3.  If we think you’ve got what it takes we’ll invite you to book onto the January course.

4.  Turn up and train. Follow the coaches instructions and watch the magic happen as we transform you into a fighter.

This programme is likely to be full in the next 2 weeks so if it’s something you’ve been thinking about nows the time to jump onboard and start training.

In the words of Mohammed Ali:
‘The fight is won or lost far away from witness – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights’

Are you ready for for the journey of your life?

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A Story of Courage and Commitment


Transforming your body is not really the main goal of fight skool

But when you’ve got a goal bigger that yourself it’s amazing what can happen

Stepping into the ring and showcasing your skills in front of hundreds of people is amazing motivation to get into your best shape ever as Neil McCann discovered

Neil had been training with us for about 9 months when the coaches noticed his skill and determination and suggested he go for a fight

Never being one to shy away from a challenge Neil jumped at the chance and fully committed himself to the 10 week programme

He trained hard,4 x a week, only missing 2 sessions over the 10 week period

And he stopped drinking and gave the programme his full attention

Over the 10 weeks Neil progressed massively in terms of fitness and skill and showed true courage and determination in fighting a tough and more experienced opponent

And he lost an amazing 15kg in the process

So how did he do it?

Simple he gave it his all and committed himself fully to the programme

He didn’t make excuses or shy away from tough sessions

Something I’ve learned from boxing is that you can teach anyone the skill but to be a real fighter requires heart and determination

There are day that are going to be tough. There are day where you want to quit but it’s about that willingness to still show up on those days and get through the rounds that really make a true fighter

I asked Neil at the end of the programme what he’d learned about himself during the process

‘the biggest thing I learned about myself is I can achieve anything I put my mind to and focus on’

Now that’s got to give you a massive confidence boost!

Watch Neil’s full interview here:
https://youtu.be/p22ZLySgKE0

How about you?

Think you’ve got what it takes to step behind the ropes?

Head over here to apply for our January Fight Skool intake

https://12rounds.wufoo.eu/forms/x166hyyo11l4uc2/

 

You don’t need experience we’ll teach you the skill. You just bring the courage and commitment

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Fight School – FAQ’s

Interested in stepping behind the ropes?

Joining a fight programme is not for the faint-hearted.  It’s takes courage, commitment but the results and feeling of achievement you get are second to none

If this is something you’re interested in, here’s a few questions you may have:

Do I need experience?  

Yes, you need basic boxing skills to join our Fight School programme.   If you are new to boxing we recommend that you complete our Boxing Fundamentals programme in the first instance. 

If you have experience, we run intake days on the lead up to a programme where a coach will take you through a sample training session, assess your level and ensure you have enough experience to join the programme.

Why do you do an assessment prior to signing up?  Fight School is an intense programme where coaches work closely with the participants.  Participants also work as a close knit team.  It’s important that you are the right fit to work as part of that team.  We also need to assess your boxing level to ensure you have a good level of basic boxing technique.  This is an intense programme and we do not want anyone to be out of their depth.

 

Do I have to commit to all the sessions? We recognise that people have lives and that it’s not always going to be possible to make all the sessions. We ask that you attend as many of possible.  If you are going to miss a full week of training, we suggest that you wait till you have a clear schedule to start the programme.

If you are unable to make the odd session you must notify your coach who will advise of a self-training plan for the missed session.

Do I need to spar?  Absolutely. We want to ensure you are fully prepared to get in the ring and do not crumble under the pressure. Weekly sparring sessions will be a big part of your programme

 

Will I get hurt?  We’re not going to lie to you, yes there is a chance you might get hurt. Boxing is a tough sport. Bruised/broken ribs and noses are not uncommon. We will do all we can to ensure that you remain safe and injury free however it’s important that you understand that with the best will in the world we cannot guarantee this. We advise purchasing protective equipment for sparring (head guard, groin guard, body protector)

 

What does the training programme involve?  Sessions will be a combination of technique, sparring and conditioning.   You will also be expected to complete runs and additional fitness work – out with the core session times.  You will be advised of diet and weight cutting techniques should you need to drop weight.

 

Who will run the training sessions?  Our team is run by professional fighters who understand exactly what is required to step behind the ropes. You will also receive mindset and nutrition coaching to get your mind and body into the best possible condition to achieve ultimate success

 

Where will the fight take place? We partner with DKM Plush promotions and the majority of fights take place at the Clapham Grand.  There may also be options to take part in other interclub shows during your camp.

 

How will I be matched up?  You will be matched to someone from another boxing club in your weight and experience category.  There will be a set matching day early on in the programme where clubs come together for a sparring day with the intention of finding matches.

 

Will I be expected to sell tickets?   There is no pressure to sell tickets however if you do you will receive a commission on tickets sales which is yours to keep or donate to a charity of your choice.

 

What equipment do I need?  You will need 16oz gloves, mouthguard, head guard (personal choice) wraps and groin guard

We recommend Geezers Boxing to source equipment

What’s the investment?  

The programme investment is £530.

There is also an additional £50 fee branded training kit (T-shirt and hoodie)

 

 

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