Q What if I have no experience at all with boxing, have no interest in competing, and just want a good workout?

A:  No problem!  The majority of our clients start training here as complete beginners to boxing, and have various motivations, including but not limited to:  curiousity about the sport, wanting to learn self-defense, weight loss, core strength, cross-training for other sports...  We can accomodate clients of all levels of fitness, and what you decide to do with the skills and conditioning acquired through your training is completely up to you.  Sparring is optional.  For those that do choose to spar, safety is our first concern, and we take things slowly, starting with barely-any-contact sparring drills with the instructor, gradually increasing intensity as long as the client is comfortable. 

Many of our clients have truly surprised themselves;  after starting as people who never thought of themselves as "tough" or the "fighting type", many soon find out that you don't have to be born with natural toughness or strength, but rather just need to possess the tenacity to push yourself, learn the skills, and practice.

QWhat if I am actually interested in potentially competing as a fighter, either in boxing or MMA?

A:  13 Strikes Boxing & Fitness is an excellent place to start!  Many people are curious about their potential to fight competitively, but it is sometimes hard to know how to go about it.  It can be intimidating to walk alone into a competitive boxing or MMA gym and have to sign up as a fighter to be able to even grab a workout or learn what to expect.  You may also rather not join one of the new mega-MMA-boxing fitness centers popping up everywhere, which charge very high monthly rates for not much personal attention. 

If you choose 13 Strikes Boxing & Fitness, you will acquire the fundamentals, technique and level of conditioning you will need to be able to confidently protect yourself in sparring/competition.  After developing your abilities one step at a time, you will progress very gradually from light to full contact sparring, first with the instructor, & eventually with other past/present clients who continue to participate in our sparring groups.  We have a bigger, more diverse sparring group at our disposal than many full-scale competitive boxing gyms, so you can really get a true sense of where you stand before making any commitment to compete.  Once you've developed a firm grasp on boxing fundamentals and are ready, we can help you choose the right path to becoming a competitive fighter.

Don't forget that we are part of the family at Sambo 7, where you can learn the Russian art of combat Sambo, which is extremely similar to MMA, from qualified, experienced instructors, to help you complement your boxing experience if your interest lies in MMA.