We offer an excellent amateur boxing program. If you are interested in boxing for fitness or training for an upcoming event, we have the program for you.
A-Z boxing equipment, 3 official Rings, 1 floor ring, over 2 dozen heavy bags, etc. We have separate gyms for beginners, amateurs, professionals boxers, white collar boxing, Professional Athletes and Executives.
Private and/or Semi Private training
White Collar Boxing Program
Our Members and boxing enthusiast are interested in boxing for many reasons. Some are drawn to the physical fitness and weight-loss aspects of training. Others seek stress relief. While still others are concerned about safety and self defense.
Whether you are interested in our program for mental or physical well being. Our club offers a number of programs that will fit your development needs and your busy schedule.
Unlike areobics and gym training, our programs are designed for the individual. Therefore, you will enjoy learning in a fun, friendly, comfortable, and professional atmosphere. This program is designed for the adult ages 30 and up. A great total body workout.
40 years serving the great State of Michigan
however our history goes back a long time
James J Corbett, American boxer, training with Jim Kennedy, at Coopers Gym 1910
James J Corbett, American boxer, training with Jim Kennedy, 1900. Known as 'Gentleman Jim', James John Corbett (1866-1933) became world heavyweight boxing champion in 1892 when he knocked out John L Sullivan in New Orleans. He succesfully defended his title against Britain's Charley Mitchell in 1894, but retired after losing to another British fighter, Bob Fitzsimmons, in 1897.
Youth Mentoring Boxing Program
Photo Fromer IBO Heavyweight Champion Craig "The Tiger" Payne. Mr. Payne and staff instruct youth in the fundamentals, art and science of boxing. This programs also coaches youth with life challenges.
Welcome to the most exciting sports experience you've ever encountered!
Boxing is without a doubt the most rewarding and challenging sport available to America's Youth today. The combination of athleticism, physical and mental conditioning, sportsmanship, and self-worth that you will develop form boxing are unequalled in any other sport. Boxing will teach you to rely on yourself, to value the input of others, and most importantly to respect both your skills and those of others. You will develop a level of self-confidence that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. You will also find that this is one ot the most challenging things that you will ever do. So, if you are looking for a challenging, mentally stimulating, physically demanding and just plain fun activity, then you found it ... BOXING.
To begin with, boxing is a proven delinquency deterrent. The positive impact that boxing has on "at risk" kids is amazing. Unlike some other sports, boxing has a kind of "tough guy" image that is accepted in even the toughtest circles. A kid's friends might make fun of him or her playing soccer or tennis, but nobody harasses a boxer. Once the athlete is involved, the effect of a structured, organized program is almost immediate. All of a sudden, the youngster has a positive release of energy and frustration. The knowledge that the gym is a "safe haven" from the street can also serve as a very comforting thing.
The impact of a properly run boxing program is not limited to any one group. We have a tendency to focus on the "at risk" kids because we want to show how boxing can have a positive effect on a problem area. That's not to overlook the fact that all kids need positive influence in their lives. The advantages of being involved in a properly run boxing program apply to all kids, no matter what their backrounds are. It's very rewarding to take a proble kid off the streests and help to turn him or her around, but that doesn't mean that it is not just as important to provide influence on all the other kids, too!
What sort of "Positive Influences"?
Lets go over some of the things that go into building character. By starting with, confidence, one of the primary benefits of being involved in a properly run boxing program is gaining confidence, by developing their skills in the ring and learning how to train properly to be in the right shape, athletes become very confident in themselves. This is a sort of trait that everyone wants to see our young people develop.
Along with confidence comes sportsmanship. Amateur boxing focuses on being a good sport. Boxers learn not only how to be good loses, but even more importantly, good wingers. In the average gym, less than 1% of the athletes will become professional boxers, but all of them will become contributing members of society. In a properly run gym, boxers will learn the skills that will make them better people. The sense of self-worth that comes with achieving the difference skill levels of this sport is immeasurable.
Another big advantage is the fact that through the process of discipline and goal-setting learned in a good program, a youngster learns to be self-motivated and much more aware of the fact that doing the right thins make good things happen.
Another big positive to be gained from Amateur boxing is its influence on controlling Anger and Aggression. Boxing by design is a proven deterrent to anger and aggression problems. Athletes in a properly run boxing program learn that losing their temper or being overly aggressive is extremely counter-productive. An athlete soon learns that self-control is as important as being in good shape. We all know howimportant it is to have an effective way to control and positively direct aggression in today's youth.
Another big advantage is the size and experience factor. Amateur boxing is divided into weight classes, so you do not have the weight discrepancies that you have in other sports like football.
Is Boxing Safe?
Excellent question! And one that any self-respecting parent should definitely ask. It is important to us that you understand how much we are concerned about the safety of you child. Amateur boxing ranks 71st among sports for injuries. Sports such as wrestling, diving, gymnastics, and even badminton are ranked above it. There are countless precautions and safety measures taken at every level to protect the athlete.
Amateur boxing in NOT about knocking your opponent out! In comparison to professional boxing, the objective and even the scoring system are entirely different. Amateur boxing is scored on a system where each technically correct punch is worth one point. A good jab scores the same only for the punch or punches that lead to it. The focus of each contest is on scoring as many cumulative points as possible, not on taking unneccessary punches in order to deliver one hard punch.
Amateur boxing is possibly the most regulated and supervisied sport of any amateur competition. It requries weigh-ins and physicals before each match. Another physical exam is done after each bout. Also, the equipment used in competion must meet rigorous specifications set down by USA/Boxing. All boxers are required to wear protective equipment including gloves, headgear, fitted mouthpiece, groin protection and in the event of a female bout, chest protection. Even the padding in the rings meet defined specifications. As you can see, amateur boxing takes great steps to insure that when your child is here, we are doing everything possible to protect them.
When the sport of boxing is properly coached and supervisied; amateur boxing can be an extremely fulfilling and valuable experience for today's youth. It should be used as a vehicle to instruct sportsmanship, values of conditioning a positive realse of frustration and energy, as weel as building self-confidence and character.
What is the difference between amateur and professional boxing?
What is the difference between amateur and professional boxing?
Amateur boxing is NOT about knocking your opponent out! In comparison to professional boxing, the objective and even the scoring system are entirely different. Amateur boxing is scored on a system where each technically correct punch is worth one point. A good jab scores the same only for the punch or punches that lead to it. The focus of each constant is on scoring as many cumulative points as possible, not on taking unnecessary punches in order to deliver one hard punch. Amateur boxing is possibly the most regulated and supervised sport of any amateur competition. It requires weigh-ins and physicals before each match. Another physical exam is done after each bout. Also, the equipment used in competion must meet rigorous specifications set down by USA/Boxing. All boxers are required to wear protective equipment including gloves, headgear, fitted mouthpieces, groin protection and in the event of a female bout, chest protectors. Even the padding in the rings meet defined specifications. As you can see, amateur boxing takes great steps to insure that when your child is here, we are doing everything possible to protect them.
The right gym makes all of the difference!
Head Coach Craig "The Tiger" Payne
Coach Payne defeat Mike Tyson!
Boxing ages 7-14,and 14-17.
Private Boxing Training
Private boxing training available, please call for details.
Up coming boxing events in Michigan
Youth Irish Boxing Team
How to wrap hands
Competition Boxing Programs
We have 6 locations, rings, and a-z equipment. Call for details!