joining boxing team next semester

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  1. williamsdean02

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    So, am I in the right sub forum? I'm a sophomore who wants to join my school's boxing team. Is boxing a good MA? I'm just joining to spar, not to compete.


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    Welcome to MT, bro.

    Boxing's a pretty good MA in my opinion. Great way to get in shape, too. I wish you all th best at it.
     
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    Welcome to MT. Boxing is a martial art, and it's a good one. Enjoy your time here and have fun with the boxing!
     
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    how long to be proficient?


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    Yes. It's excellent at the range it's focused on. One of the best. However, it is very narrowly focused and doesn't address weapons or grappling (typically).

    I'd recommend boxing over many other "punch/kick" martial arts for most.

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    Impossible to say. First you must define "proficient." Even then, it's not really possible to say because a lot of it depends on the practitioner, his aptitude, the coach & partners, and how much time the practitioner can devote.

    But, ceteris paribus, you'll start to feel like you're improving pretty quick.

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    is it a realistic goal to spar and win a match in around a year?


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    Sure. You'll probably be sparring well before then. As far as winning a match, it depends on who you are facing. If you're talking about an actual match in the ring (as opposed to a regular sparring session with your teammates for training purposes), your coach should be trying to find you an opponent around your own experience level so you can have a fair fight.
     
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    How about to catch up to someone who's been doing it longer?


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    maybe since they were younger? 5 years?


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    If you want to catch up with someone who has more experience than you, you'll need to train significantly harder than he is or train more consistently than he is or have better coaching than he has or be more naturally talented than he is or some combination of all of those.
     
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    makes sense. so it depends on the person I'm trying to catch up to.


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    the average person who's been doing it five years longer than me?


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    Still not enough info to say. Too many variables.

    If you want a very crude way of looking at it, suppose that other person has been averaging 250 hours of training per year for the last 5 years. That's 1250 hours worth of experience you have to catch up on. If they continued at that same rate and you started now putting in a consistent 500 hours of practice per year, you would be caught up to them (experience-wise) in 5 years.

    Of course, total hours training is only part of the equation. You also have to look at how hard you train, how smart you train, how good your coaching is, how talented you are, and so on. Any of those factors could contribute towards you catching up or falling further behind.
     
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    thanks. good advice.


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