Bring back old school boxing. Man up U. S. boxing coaches.

by James V. Thorpe
(Bloomington, Illinois)

With the olympics right around the corner, the chance of us winning any gold medals seem slim. We need to go back to old school boxing where the basics were taught. Your jab set almost everything up. Not now you can go to an amatuer show and not see a jab thrown more then a few times. Plus the idoit who took body punching away from the amatuers screwed up the natural progression of punching. The hook is a great punch but it is much better behind your jab or set it up with your jab. Correct foot work has also went by the wayside. Fighters fight off their heels, cross their feet, fail to shift their weight from one foot to the other. We have given up the sweet science. We were at one time the best boxers in the world but we let the skills that got us there slip away. It is a black eye that our present coaches me included must wear. It is past time to take back what is rightfully ours. The title of the best boxers in the world. Coach Thorpe

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Boxing will never bounce back unless our coaches going back and teach box how it has to be taught. The old school principal of boxing is to deliver punches fast and hard without taking punches while delivering these damaging punches. We have forgotten to the last part of that statement "without taking punches while delivering these damaging punches." We don't spend the time on footwork, catching your opponents timing, lateral movement, correct body mechanics, and the use of the proper equipment.
We teach our fighters to stand in front of their opponent and trade punches instead of punching while using lateral movement. Taking a punch for a punch might make you look tough but in my opinion it makes you look stupid. Taking punches in order to land a punch should never be taught. Punch and move, if your opponent wants to hit you make him work for it. Instead of rushing right in to your opponent taking two or three punches to land yours; work on catching your opponents timing before you move into the kill zone. Learn the sport of boxing how it was meant to be taught. Get a coach who cares about you instead of the roar of the crowd. Show the fans the true skills of the sport of Kings and they won't be so quick to change channels to watch something else. Just remember it isn't the strongest guy that wins the fight in old school it's the strongest and smartest, heavy on smartest. Coach Thorpe


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The olympics have come and gone. We have two medals to show for it. Way to go girls. The medals were won by our new class of members. The girls came through by showing the rest of the world they wanted it more. We coaches have let the rest of our team down by not going back and teaching the sport the way it was meant to be taught. You don't throw old school away. We must learn to blend it in with new training methods that add to the sport of kings and have the guts to dump the new techniques that hurt the sport. I will always believe we have the best fighters in the world. We just need to do a better job of coaching. The blame lies on all of us. So don't point fingers. Let's share the blame together. Unite and get started getting ready for our next chance on the world stage. It's a lot easier to pick yourself up off the floor with help from each other. Coach Thorpe

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The olympics have come and gone. We have two medals to show for it. Way to go girls. The medals were won by our new class of members. The girls came through by showing the rest of the world they wanted it more. We coaches have let the rest of our team down by not going back and teaching the sport the way it was meant to be taught. You don't throw old school away. We must learn to blend it in with new training methods that add to the sport of kings and have the guts to dump the new techniques that hurt the sport. I will always believe we have the best fighters in the world. We just need to do a better job of coaching. The blame lies on all of us. So don't point fingers. Let's share the blame together. Unite and get started getting ready for our next chance on the world stage. It's a lot easier to pick yourself up off the floor with help from each other. Coach Thorpe

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