Boxing Basics

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The Techniques and Knowledge Needed to Excel in the Sport of Boxing

The illustrations, explanations, and techniques presented in Boxing Basics provide everything needed to excel in the sport of boxing. Easy to follow explanations and illustrations introduce the reader to the sport by providing information on training equipment, types of boxing gyms, and how to get into fighting shape. The bulk of this boxing text is devoted to providing progressive steps in the learning of the ...

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Overview

The Techniques and Knowledge Needed to Excel in the Sport of Boxing

The illustrations, explanations, and techniques presented in Boxing Basics provide everything needed to excel in the sport of boxing. Easy to follow explanations and illustrations introduce the reader to the sport by providing information on training equipment, types of boxing gyms, and how to get into fighting shape. The bulk of this boxing text is devoted to providing progressive steps in the learning of the sport of boxing. It begins by presenting the primary elements of boxing and ranges to advanced skills. The Instant Reference Guide is a special feature designed for busy persons. It provides fast-track references to the important points in every chapter. This publication can be used as a how-to reference guide for trainers as well as beginners.

"Some books just show you how to box, others just tell you. Still others do a little of both. With Boxing Basics, Professor Gotay becomes your personal trainer, teaching you step by step how to box. This is the most definitive ¿how to¿ boxing book I have ever seen."
- Randy Gordon, Former Editor-in-Chief of Ring Magazine;
Boxing Analyst for ESPN, USA Network, and the MSG Network;
and Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.
Presently the host of Fight Club, the popular Sirius Radio boxing talk show.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432725068
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 592,945
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Everything you need to know about coaching boxing

    As a lifetime educator and athlete I found this book an easy way to relate to the the sweet science of boxing. My background as an athlete was I was a Division I baseball player and a Division I AA All American football player. My coaching has focused primarily on these two disciplines. I am currently an assistant football coach and baseball coach at Sachem North Hight School on Long Island. I was looking for some cross training opportunities for my athletes. What better way to get great strength, cardiovascular work and toughness than through boxing. My main concern was to keep my athletes safe and I found this book to be a great tool for me to make sure I was teaching my athletes the proper techniques. I especially liked the easy step by step ways to teach each type of boxing move, whether it be a defensive clinch or an offensive punch combination. Many of my athletes wanted to spar, but they had no idea what had to be done before they could actually fight someone. I also thought the instant reference guide was an excellent way for me to prepare quickly before a training session. It is perfect for today's busy athlete/educator. I believe the cross training that is involved with boxing is huge. I am excited about finding a book that has allowed me to train my athletes correctly in order to take advantage of the many positive attributes of boxing. This is a great book for first timers getting their feet wet in the sport of boxing. It is clear, concise, and leaves nothing to chance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2008

    This book is the ABC's to boxing!

    I just started training about a month ago but I feel like I have been boxing longer than that thanks to this book. The book begins with an introduction to equipment that will be necessary for proper training along with images and a detailed description on how each piece of equipment should be used. Anyone who is begining to box understands that wrapping your wrists can be quite challenging. Learning to wrap your wrists is a science in itself. For the first 2 weeks i would sit in the locker room for about 10 minutes with my book open in my hand trying to follow the 19 images on wrapping your wrists. If it wasn't for those images i would still be stuck on wrapping wrists and would not know half of what i have already learned. Unfornately i cannot take my trainer home with me to teach or remind me the basics but i can stand in front of a mirror and open my book and practice all that i have learned by looking at these images. I'm very grateful for this book. If it wasn't for this book maybe i would have given up after the first week. Thank You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Outstanding text for a college boxing course.

    Finally, a book on boxing with just the right amount of pictures and technical explanations. One book that I bought had hundreds of pictures but not enough explanations. Another book had extensive explanations and not enough pictures. Gotay's book has a good balance of pictures and explanations that I can use in learning to box whether or not I am with my trainer. This book is a welcome addition to my training gear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Boxing Basics

    The Book Boxing Basics provided what I had been looking for in a publication that would help me get started into participating in what for me would be a new sport. I found it comprehensive in that the book begins with introducing types of equipment and gyms, moves to the actual techniques of boxing, compares amateur and professional boxing, and even provides sources for further information on the sport. The pictures and explanations are detailed and at the same time easy to follow. I feel that this book will be a big help in helping me get started into the sport of boxing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2008

    Outstanding text for a college course.

    This book has been assigned as the text book for a credit bearing course at my college. I have been a boxing fan for years and when I signed up for a college boxing course I wondered if a book would be required. With pleasure, I saw that the book is perfect for the course. In addition to covering the technical basics of boxing, it also has helpful hints that can enable a learner to avoid mistakes such as purchasing the wrong equipment, training in the wrong type of gym, or selecting the wrong trainer. It is an outstanding text for a college boxing course.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2008

    Boxing Basics

    What I like about the book is that several times the reader is reminded that the sport of boxing is learned in a gym, preferably with the aid of a good trainer. Professor Gotay notes that some practicioners just want to have the physical condition of boxers and others want to test themselves in the ring. No matter what are the intentions of the trainee, the author emphasizes the need for hard, consistent physical work. My favorite part of the book is the Training Session chapter. In this chapter, the professor points out that 'The physical training that is required for the sport of boxing can get a person in the best shape of their lives'. Here the author writes about the amount of training rounds that should be adjusted depending on the needs of the athlete/boxer. This is a great reference manual for all and it doesn't forget that 'having a good trainer is critical to the success of a boxer'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    Boxing Basics

    This book provided what I had been looking for in a publication that would help me get started into participating in what for me would be a new sport. I found it comprehensive in that the book begins with introducing types of equipment and gyms, moves to the actual techniques of boxing, compares amateur and professional boxing, and even provides sources for further information on the sport. The pictures and explanations are detailed and at the same time easy to follow. I feel that this book will be a big help in helping me get started into the sport of boxing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Finally, A Definitive Text on the Science of Boxing

    Al Gotay, the Moses of Motion in the Combative Sciences has finally done it with Boxing Basics. Not just another ¿How to¿ book, but a definitive text that applies Gotay¿s fifty plus years of boxing expertise into a comprehensive course that will ensure the correct start for the beginner, graded progress for the intermediate, and challenge for the advanced. Whether you are a champion or just an average person seeking fitness and self defense, Boxing Basics has it for you. Gotay¿s experience as a trainer and coach at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the New York City Police Academy radiates throughout the text. What makes Boxing Basics special and unlike any other written work on boxing is that Professor Gotay covers the technical, strategic, and tactical requirements needed to excel in the sport, not just for the fighter, but for trainers and coaches as well. In this aspect alone, Gotay has superceded any previous text on the sport.

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