This Week at Dreamland Boxing 11/21/2020
Thank you to Martin Torres for the new artwork at Dreamland!
Scheduling and Safety Updates:
As you all may have heard, effective Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 12:01 a.m., the County of Santa Clara is moving back to Purple Tier, which means, in short, all gyms must cease all indoor classes. Therefore, starting Tuesday, 4:30 p.m., all our classes will be conducted outdoors.
Coach Mark’s Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. class, and Coach George’s Thursday, 6:00 p.m.class will be moved to 7:30 p.m. If you signed up for one of these classes, and would like to cancel because it is later, please advise ASAP.
Please always check your email for class sign-ups and the latest updates.
Please note that the gym will be closed on Thursday and Friday! Check your email for sign-ups, classes are almost all full as of this writing! (Sunday at 10AM).
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Former Dreamland Boxer Alex Rodriguez training for a 30 mile run for his 30th birthday!
This past weekend, I ran 21 miles with Alex Rodriguez (he ran 24), a former boxer at Dreamland Boxing. Alex will also be running 30 miles for his 30th birthday and is currently in training for it. It’s really awesome to see some boxers come into the trail racing and ultramarathon community and accomplish their goals in the running space!
Coach Ian’s Classes:
As you may know, I am currently donating my time to host virtual online boxing classes for the members of our 501c(3) non-profit boxing gym, Dreamland Boxing. As an active member of Dreamland, you will receive the materials and video recaps of each lesson through my website under the “Premium Drills” section.
This week, we broke down Terence Crawford’s incredibly short knockout of Kell Brook. Our focus was on generating power with short punches, and always being in position to punch. Another focal point was watching the hip when throwing the left hook, and making sure the ending position of the punch results with the fighter sitting on the back foot (instead of having their lead hip to the outside).
On Wednesday, we did our first hybrid online/in-person practice with Wes staying virtual and Forrest going live. We have both been tested very recently (I tested last week) and made a pact to stay responsible and socially distance and test when necessary. In person, I was able to notice new aspects of Forrest’s footwork, so we did the bungee cord drills to ensure that he focuses on pushes off the front foot to step backwards.
Our Friday outdoor class again focused on short, explosive power. As always, we had our sprint relays and a challenging ladder to finish the workout. You can view the full practice and related drills here.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara has been downgraded back into the purple-tier, meaning that no indoor classes are allowed! All classes have been moved outdoors (as mine have been the entire time).
Article of the Week: Training for Your First Fight
Last week, I wrote a comprehensive guide to the non-technical aspects of your first boxing match. While many fighters are consumed with their boxing development and making weight, there are several things when you actually go to an event that you should know (i.e. don’t come with a red mouthpiece, Gatorade bottle, and unauthorized headgear, stop tapping gloves, etc.)
I’m overwhelmed by the feedback, from fighters intending to compete, who have competed, and coaches, this article has received!! Feel free to bookmark this article as it can serve as a checklist before competition.
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