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Switching Stances in Boxing (Part 1)

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  • September 25, 2021October 11, 2021

Switching Stances in Boxing: How to learn the opposite stance & how rewiring your mind to learn the opposite stance can help improve your mental health in your later years.

Coach Ian Cruz, Dreamland Boxing

Boxing and Safety During COVID-19

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  • October 17, 2020April 22, 2021

Boxing and Safety During COVID-19: While we’re all adapting to “a new normal”, we’ve had to modify our workouts to comply with county regulations and ensure our members’ safety. Rather than stopping what we do, I’ve tried to make small adaptations without compromising the effectiveness of our workouts. ??

Sweet Science: Coach Ian Cruz and Jesse Huerta corners Moises Benitez at Dreamland Boxing

The Sweet Science

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  • October 12, 2020April 22, 2021

Like a game of chess, a boxing match has an infinite number of combinations and different ways a fight can play out.
In the beginning of your development, I find it much more important to understand themes (changing levels/speed, countering and feinting, fighting on the inside vs the outside, etc) than to just memorize combinations. Just like in chess you learn basic strategies and tactics (center control, when to castle, forks, pins, discovered openings, etc) before memorizing openings.

Community Spotlight: Ali Ahmed (Dreamland Boxing)

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  • August 19, 2020November 14, 2021

This week’s Community Spotlight feature is on Ali Ahmed, a professional boxer at Dreamland Boxing. Ali is the most disciplined athlete I’ve ever met – he stays in shape year round and never fluctuates in weight. In this interview, we discuss his amateur career, winning the Golden Gloves, the Olympic Trials, his diet, training during Ramadan, and adapting to the current shelter-in-place.

Community Spotlight: Alex Rodriguez (Dreamland Boxing)

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  • August 12, 2020October 17, 2021

Today’s Community Spotlight feature is on Dreamland’s own Alex Rodriguez. Alex has been boxing for since he was a teenager and previously fought for Dreamland in 2016-2017. In this interview, we talk about his time in boxing and placing at the Golden Gloves, fighting undefeated pro Tony Munoz, the mental side of boxing, the books “Top Dog” and “Born to Run”, his journey into trail racing, the Big SURreal Virtual Marathon, and more!

Coach Ian Cruz, Luis Rodriguez and Sara Koshfam

Community Spotlight: Sara Koshfam (Dreamland Boxing)

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  • August 5, 2020September 19, 2021

Today’s Community Spotlight feature is on Dreamland’s own Sara Koshfam. Sara has been boxing for around 7 years and been training and coaching at Dreamland for the past 2. In this interview, Sara takes us through her journey walking into a boxing ring, having her first fight (overseas!), training at Dreamland, coaching, sparring world class fighters such as nationally ranked Alexis Gomez, and how she’s keeping herself busy today.

Best Boxing Gyms in San Jose

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  • January 1, 2020April 22, 2021

If you’re looking for a boxing gym to train at in San Jose, CA – look no further. While my experience has been exclusively at Dreamland, I’ve been at enough tournaments to see the familiar faces and programs that have successful (and long-lasting) boxing programs. Below are the top boxing gyms in San Jose if you are looking to compete. Dreamland Boxing: Dreamland Boxing is a 501c(3) non-profit boxing gym in San Jose, CA. Originally founded in 2004 by the late David “Sarge” Neeleman and his wife Maria Neeleman, the gym was named after “Dreamland Auditorium”, which is where Maria’s… Read More »Best Boxing Gyms in San Jose