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Advice & Rules  //  Questions and Answers

In an attempt to help anyone wishing to join the club, below are the most common questions asked, and how they may affect working club rules.

Can anyone join the Triumph Amateur Boxing Club?
Any person joining the club must be medically fit to carry out the pursuit of amateur boxing in competitive boxing contests. Boxing is coached with a view to participate in competitive boxing contests when competent.

How old do you have to be to start, and how many times a week can I train?
All Attendees who wish to join as members should be over 9 years of age, be free from any medical problems and to commit to a minimum 3 sessions per week.

Which type of gum shield should I wear?
Red gum shields are not permitted to be worn by boxers in tournaments. Any other colours are permitted at this club. Gum shields fitted by dental professionals are the best fitting, and are recommended by the club. Look at the medical advice section for brace fitted gum shields.

How do you define an amateur boxer?
All members of the club must be amateur in accordance with the Amateur Boxing Association of England’s (ABAE) definition of an amateur (refer to their website for details).

What amateur association does the club belong to?
The club observes and enforces the articles and rules of the Amateur Boxing Association of England, generally abbreviated to ‘A.B.A.’

Do you look after your best boxers first?

- Preference shall be given to members of the club who are most efficient and effective. Quality of their performance, both in the gym and in competitive contests together with attendance at training sessions shall measure such efficiency and effectiveness.
- Attendance will be monitored and assessed based on attending a minimum of 3 nights per week as explained at the time of enrolment. However, we do give you a period of 4-6 weeks to settle in when you first join the club.

Can I eat before any of the sessions? Can I drink during the sessions?
Do not consume a heavy meal at least 2 hours before any session. A light meal is preferred, and fluids meeting the A.B.A guideline can be taken during the session.
Note: Red coloured fluids are banned at this club for safety reasons.

I’ve trained at several other gyms and I would like to carry on training at other gyms as well, can I do that once I join the Triumph ABC.
A member shall not spar or carry out any form of boxing training at other boxing gyms or any other type of gym whilst a member of the Triumph Amateur Boxing Club. Any member found guilty of such action shall have their Triumph ABC membership terminated.

How do I pay for each session?

Subscriptions are paid weekly. Members of the club are required to pay a full season subscription, even for part use due to illness, holiday, exams and absence.

I have never done any type of contact sport, including boxing, can I join the club?
We take absolute beginners, 95% of our members start as absolute beginners. 100% of our members who continue to train and develop will box in competitive boxing contests.

What equipment do I need to start training?
Within two weeks of becoming a member of the club, you must have the following equipment, a gum shield and bandages. Ropes and gloves are provided, but most boxers have their own equipment.

How about Safety in Amateur Boxing?
Amateur boxing ranks as the safest amongst all contact sports (such as football and rugby) and amongst other events such as equestrian, motor cycle racing and mountaineering. In fact, amateur boxing has been ranked 75th in a list of 100 sports by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), and according to RoSPA and the National Safety Council, amateur boxing has the lower number of injuries when compared to other sports such as hockey, soccer, gymnastics and roller blading.
Parent/Guardian/Boxer should be fully aware that Amateur Boxing is a contact sport in which injuries may occur.

How about Safety in the gym and in the ring?
The ABAE goes to great lengths to protect its athletes. Amateur boxers must wear a mouth guard at all times, as well as protective hand bandages, ‘cup’ protectors, force absorbent head gear and a shirt to absorb sweat. Female boxers are also required to wear breast protectors.
Amateur boxing gloves are designed and tested to absorb, and not transmit, shock under recognised safety guidelines from the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) Safety Commission. Amateur boxing referees strive to minimise risk of injury by using 8 counts and evaluating the boxers throughout a bout and can dispense counts at anytime (unlike in professional boxing).
In addition to these stringent safety factors, pre bout medicals are required for all amateur boxers each and every time they compete

Are coaching staff qualified?
The sessions are run by C.R.B cleared Amateur Boxing Association of England qualified coaches and all coaches are qualified first aiders.

Can I eat before any of the sessions? Can I drink during the sessions?

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· Do not consume a heavy meal at least 2 hours before any session. A light meal is preferred, and fluids meeting the A.B.A guideline can be taken during the session.

Note: Red coloured fluids are banned at this club for safety reasons.