Beyond the Gloves: A look at the Boxing club

Any student can pick a club, make a couple of friends, and have a good time. But, what about the quality of experience and the skills that the club can teach you. That’s where the John Jay boxing club comes in.

On the 3rd floor in the Haaren Hall building in the combat room, the boxing club meets to train.

The John Jay boxing club not only allows students to learn how to box, but it also teaches students great life lessons.

The boxing club “Teaches determination”, said Pedro Lugo, 19. For many members, the boxing club helps to relieve stress. “Life is not about the negative, but about how you overcome them,” said Ky-mani Harrison, 20.

After two years with the club, Randy Almonte, 21, has learned that “Fighters and practitioners come from all walks of life”.

The members aren’t heavy muscular statuesque guys hitting bags, but they’re average students, big and small.

In September 2009, the boxing club received its student council certification, making it an official club.

The club received certification from The National Organization U.S.A. boxing, a division of the International Olympic committee.

Through training, students began a community that is just as much about boxing as it is about building each other up in unity.

Vice president of the boxing club, Miles Hill, 21, found that unity during his freshman year at John Joy.

Hill initially joined the boxing club to explore the different aspects of martial arts, but found a greater purpose in the friendship he created.

For Hill, the boxing club isn’t just a place where students can go to, to learn how to box, but it’s also a place that gives him “Something to look forward to,” said Hill.

Not only do club members unite during club hours but because of the friendships that have been created through blood, sweat, and tears, club members occasionally meet outside the club to celebrate birthdays and hang out. “We train together, we fight together, and we bleed together”, said Lugo.

For Leslie Smith, 20, Club President, the boxing club has taught her about limits. During her freshman year at John Jay, Smith was inspired by the community and felt that the club would be the best way to make friends.

Members of the club also celebrate competitions “Whether there is a victory or not,” said Smith. Many Members of the boxing club have competed in the USA boxing sanctioned boxing events every year since 2014.

Dr. Alberto Gotay and the John Jay college boxing club sponsored and conducted the first U.S.A. boxing sanctioned event called ‘Boxing in the City’ in April 2014. All sanctioned boxing events continue to be held in april.

The last event at John Jay College had 10 matches with John Jay students competing in 5 of them.

To benefit the most from training, students should have some experience in the basics of the sport of boxing.

This can be obtained by registering for the one credit-bearing course “PED 133 introduction to Boxing” which is conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

According to the CUNY First website, there will be two “Introduction to Boxing” courses in the upcoming spring semester. The courses are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays with section one being held from 12:15PM-1:30PM, section, two will be from 3:05PM-4:20PM. Both courses will be taught by Dr. Gotay.

Aside from Dr. Gotay, the boxing club doesn’t have conventional teachers, but many of the veterans such as Hill and Lugo take time from their own training to teach newer members.

“Everyone is different” and “People come in different shapes and sizes,” said Lugo.

Going forth, the club is preparing many of its members for its boxing sanctioned event scheduled for April 2017.

Members of the club such as Almonte, Lugo, and Smith encourage women to join the club. Almonte personally believes that women should know how to defend themselves, especially in this day and age.

If students want to join the club they may do so by signing up during club hours Tuesdays and Thursdays in the combat room.