Hey Hey + question about Vancouver,BC boxing/muay thai
This is my formal introduction!
Normally i wouldn't make a "this is my first post..." thread but since it clearly states to come here and introduce myself well, here I am. I guess it's kind of long but i'm asking a lot of questions, sorry for the volume - if you get bored just scroll down to the bottom where i finally get to the point haha.
What prompted me to register here, is a combo of taking boxing classes in my buildings gym + being referred here from other forums I frequent. If you don't really care about the how/why ( and can answer my vancouver specific question ) then you can skip to the bottom.
Basically, I finally got off my ass and started going to the gym ( in my building ) little over a year ago, prior to that I was a slob. Not overweight, just really out of shape and hating it but was too lazy to do anything about it. Well, after lifting weights & doing some cardio I started enjoying myself a lot in the gym! Until i started getting bored of just doing the same ol' same ol' 2 months ago and decided to join a boxing class being offered.
Well damn has this class opened up my eyes. I'm really digging the training for boxing, it's brutal ( for me ) and really pushes me. I also like learning how to effectively and properly punch, and it's really helped my overall balance & concentration.
So, now on to my question ( are questions in first posts frowned upon here? I wasn't sure, if so let me know ):
I did a search for this but didn't find any conclusive answers for my particular situation, mostly suggestions for places out in surrey or north van or the downtown eastside.
I live in Vancouver, BC. The boxing I take now is great, and ideally i'd continue with my same instructor, however I'm going to be moving to the mt. pleasant area ( between main & cambie ), and won't be able to continue as the gym is only for residents ( have to swipe to get in ). So i've been looking around for the past few weeks for boxing gyms, and thought - muay thai looks interesting too, maybe i'll check it out.
The thing for me is, as much as I'm committed to seeing this through, I don't want to have to commute for 1 hour + everyday just to train. So that rules out anywhere in the north shore, burnaby, surrey, etc, where I know a lot of good clubs are. I don't want to sound like a snob or anything either, but I've also ruled out clubs in the lower east side as frankly walking around the area just depresses me and ruins my mood, not the kind of setup i want to an evening of training.
The only club i've found close by that seems appropriate for me is Universal on granville. However I don't want to just pick that one because it's the closest. I've also looked around on random forums that show up with the discussion via google, and a lot ( 4/5 posters championing Universal ) of the people giving it a favourable review have a really **** attitude. "HEY MAN STFU I TRAINED UNDER SOANDSO AND HE WOULD KICK YOUR ASS ANYDAY UMMA RULESZ!!!!!!!!!!!!" .
I want to do this for fun & fitness, not really to compete necessarily or prove myself to a bunch of TUFF GUYZ. Has anyone gone to Universal? Is it ok?
I guess really what this all boils down to is, i want to find out if there are maybe some really tiny or lesser known places around main/cambie for boxing and/or muay thai that i should know about before going with Universal.
Thanks in advance for the help if you managed to read this far! oh and hello and all that. :p
BULL RUSH ON WolfAndRaven!!!
Main street gym at Main and Kingsway used to be a Boxing place but it got taken over by BJJ'ers. Gold Lion on Commercial closed down last I heard, and the only other muay thai I can find is on hastings near commercial.
If you find a good place, post here again. I think i might try this place on kingsway across from kingsgate mall. They do capoeira in the front, but if you go around back they do different kinds of stick fighting and stuff. i haven't checked it out yet.
Ahh damn I was afraid there was a reason I couldn't find many places in east van. :( I was actually going to try and check out Gold Lion, and last I could see the one on main/kingsway was still a boxing place. Lame.
Originally Posted by Neildo
I talked to a friend of mine who did Muay Thai in the philippines for a few years, and he says that Universal is actually really good. The problem is the cost, $100/month ( at least for muay thai, i couldn't find any pricing for just boxing online ) IS a little steep. I can afford it if that's what it comes down to, but still would like to look around. I think i've been going about this the wrong way tho.
Since my goal is to try and find a lesser-known-really-good-place-that-isn't-expensive, chances are a place like that wouldn't have a website. I'll hit up the 2 community centres i know of near main and see if maybe there's just someone that is willing to train you, as opposed to a full on "school".
Have you tried Cocoon Athletics? They have a school in the area, good solid boxing, MMA and BJJ stuff there.
OH sweet. For some reason I'd glanced at cocoon but then kind of forgot about it for some reason, I think because I didn't see it say Muay Thai specifically in the section title ( they just put Kick Boxing ). I'm very unobservant haha.
Originally Posted by JKDChick
And all their classes are at Broadway/Kingsway too. Awesome, thanks a ton JKD :D
Now I just have to find out how much it costs, I guess it can't be any worse than Universal tho.
D&G is on commercial very near to where Gold Lion used to be. I'm not sure if they're straight boxing or also MT, or how much they cost, but they are there.
cool! I also found another boxing place which is apparently behind the Fraser Arms hotel on marine drive in south Vancouver. THey also have a strip club and a cold beer and wine store so i think i'm gonna check that one out ;p ;p
there's also sugar ray's on marine drive east of oak street, but i haven't heard anything about the place. used to be a tkd studio.
I've heard Sugar Ray's is run by a crazy guy. Ben Greer was training there, and the guy was getting upset that Ben was doing things the way Tony Pep taught him, and challenged him to a fight over it. He was over 200lbs and Ben's a 145 fighter. So... Sugar Ray's is probably a no-go.
Speaking of Tony Pep, he used to do training sessions at my old job (they had a gym. 1700 employees) once a week. He opened up his gym finally, i think it's next to that casino in new west, the big one on eighth.