Jake signed up for our fight skool programme last year. As an ex-soldier who’d been in the Australian military for 9 years Jake was struggling with ptsd. He needed something to focus on to get out of his head. Jake found that boxing and joining fight skool provided the perfect remedy.

Learning boxing skills gave him a focus and kept him learning week in week out and the support and camaraderie from the group was exactly what he needed. Since completing the programme and winning the fight Jake decided he wanted to share what he’d learned and become a coach. He is also so passionate about helping ex-military boost their mental health and cope with ptsd that he is running a charity day to raise awareness this remembrance week.

Hears Jakes story in his own words

What go you into boxing?

After being discharged from the army after 9 years service I was looking for a new challenge and something to get me up and going in the morning. I wanted something to strive for, to better myself and achieve something. I came across the fight skool programme and it seemed to offer just that.

What did you enjoy about the training at 12 Rounds and what made you want to get into coaching?

What I loved about the fight skool programme was the community and cammadradie in the team. You really do develop that family type bond. You are all there for each other and push each other, even though there’s also some friendly competition. That’s what makes you want to come back. The other thing I loved about the training is that you are always learning. There’s always something new to learn. After successfully winning the fight I wanted to do my part and give something back. I wanted to pass on the knowledge that I’ve learned to help others

What’s been your biggest highlights from training/coaching?

Firstly there was the actual fight night and seeing how well both myself and the rest of the team did on the night. Then there was the after party…..that was fun
In terms of coaching running my first classes with Rich and seeing the members enjoy the sessions and progress has been fantastic. It’s also really encouraging when members come up and thanks me afterwards, it’s a real sense of achievement to know I’ve made a difference

What challenges have you faced?

The biggest challenge has been getting out of my own head. You’re biggest obstacle is always yourself and I’ve had my own struggles with managing my ptsd. But as I said 12 Rounds is such a positive environment and that helps you take that step to get out of bed, get out your house and come down here as you know you will feel better.

Tell us about the Remembrance day event you are organising

From 1st Nov till Remembrance Sunday on 7th, the theme is remembrance week. I wanted to do something to raise awareness and raise funds for both veterans and military personnel who need support. I know from my own experience of ptsd how difficult it is to cope with and find support. I was shocked to find out how poor the support system is for these men and women who’ve served and fought for their country. I think that getting involved in boxing is a fantastic way to help as takes your mind away from being stuck in that dark cloud. Focussing on a skill like boxing where you are always learning and seeing yourself progress takes you into a different mindset. It’s also a positive outlet for any emotion and you see growth not just in terms of technique and fitness but in yourself. Boxing really does make you better, I’d 100% recommend it.

We are super excited to welcome Jake to the team and love his genuine passion and desire to make a difference. Jake teaches Fundamentals and taster sessions on Saturdays and you’ll find him on reception Tuesdays evenings and Friday mornings.