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6/23/2007 10:13pm,
I'm going Active Duty with the Air Force soon, and plan to join up with the on base boxing gym to keep up my training, because I figure it's cheaper and more convienient than anything else available. Curious if anyone has had any experience with this route. Is the quality generally good, or is it kinda "hands off" and just free access to some bags? I know every base is different, but hell even personal anecdotes would be great.

Edit: Oh, and I had no idea really where to post this. If it needs to be a YMAS thread, go right ahead.

6/26/2007 2:24pm,
I was in the army not the airforce so keep this in mind. I have never been to an army post that had a boxing club. A lot of them have combatives schools now but not boxing. I spent some time at Kadena AFB in Okinawa and at Osan AFB in Korea and I don't recall seeing any boxing there either. It largely depends on the station as opposed to the military as a whole. If you already know where you'll be going you can research ahead of time and see what they have.

6/27/2007 10:15am,
here at Ramstein Air Base in Germany there is no boxing club, there isn't even any heavy bags at the base gym. I have to go off base for my Muay Thai classes. They do have karate, TKD and Capoeira on base though.....lol.

Most likely you will have to go off base to get any type of quality boxing classes

Sun Wukong
6/28/2007 10:56pm,
I'm new to the boxing game myself, but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you... looking for a boxing club is probably not going to come to many successful ends on just about any military base.

6/29/2007 6:15pm,
We had a pretty full course MMA club at camp pendleton. Hosted Pankration events as well.

On ship, we used to mix it up pretty regularly.

The Marine Corps bases tend to have some sort of wrestling club at least, boxing/kickboxing was rare, but people got together for it.

Once I came to the West Coast, there was boxing , kickboxing, mma and **** everywhere in Oside and San DIego, so it was no big deal.

I'll ask my Air Force buddies, they are into fightsport too and have been stationed all over.

6/30/2007 4:19pm,
The base I'm going to has a boxing club folks, I know that for sure (hence my original first post), I just know a lot of folks that did some boxing with the service, and was curious if anyone really had any sort of experience.

Thanks for the posts.

6/30/2007 6:08pm,
Hi, I'd just like to that indeed no, I have no experience with boxing in the military. I have beaten up some marines though, if that tells you much about their H2H training.

6/30/2007 7:17pm,
Hi, I'd just like to that indeed no, I have no experience with boxing in the military. I have beaten up some marines though, if that tells you much about their H2H training.

Yeah, I won't be doing any HtH stuff.

I've outboxed and outgrappled my fair share of marines/army folk as well, and I really get to chide them for being a Chair Force member =P

8/01/2007 9:54pm,
Hey agamemnon5150 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/member.php?u=28927) vbmenu_register("postmenu_1482552", true); where do you take muay thai near ramstein? I've looked but cant find anything.

8/01/2007 11:18pm,
what kind of martial arts are in germany??........i was trying to search online but had no luck

im thinking of going to germany next if my extension in korea doesnt go through

8/01/2007 11:43pm,
I read that Mike Bernardo ran the boxing camp in his station when he was in the south african navy (before he signed with K-1 obviously). I'm sure his training was awesome.

8/01/2007 11:49pm,
I've been to a good number of Navy bases and a few Marine bases and the most I've seen offered were some Karate or cardio kickboxing classes. Don't know **** about Airforce bases, but I'd still guess that you'd be hard pressed to find a decent boxing club on one.

8/02/2007 2:02am,
Hey agamemnon5150 (http://www.bullshido.net/forums/member.php?u=28927) vbmenu_register("postmenu_1482552", true); where do you take muay thai near ramstein? I've looked but cant find anything.

there's a little gym in K-Town, pretty much all german, but they speack english pretty well too. It's tuesday, thursday and friday, 1930-2130. It's pretty good contact, you can spar if you like, but they wont force you to if your not ready. PM me if your interested, I've been tdy for awhile, so I'm going back today after being gone for almost 2 months.....it's gonna kick my ass

here's the website with the address and contact info. Good luck


8/02/2007 3:23pm,
Thanks aga. The price is really nice and the times should be great. I'll definitely have to check it out.

8/02/2007 3:42pm,
I I spent some time at Kadena AFB in Okinawa .

Representin' Schwab. Frank's Franks FTW.

Anyway, in the Marines, we had organized boxing for the guys who were really good - like potential Olympians. Other than that, I don't remember seeing much boxing that was worth a ****. Just my recollection, though.

8/10/2007 6:55pm,
It depends on where you go. Some bases are ok with boxing and martial arts, others ban it outright "because you could get hurt and have to take time off to heal and that is lost man-hours and work won't get done blah blah blah."

I was once stationed on a ship that had attitude B. In port I would train 2-3 times a week at a dojo, and one day I caught a punch with my face and had a black eye. No big deal, it happens, right?


As soon as I got back to the ship, the **** hit the fan. I was actually sat down and asked who had assaulted me, did I have a drinking problem, etc. Once they found out it was from sparring, the duty officer wanted to know if I wanted to press charges for assault, "because things like that shouldn't be happening even in a dojo," etc. (That opinion came from an officer whom I later discovered had a second-degree black belt in--you guessed it--TKD).

Once everybody learned I was cool with what happened and that it was just an accident, the discussion turned into a heart-wrenching, "should we let him participate in such a dangerous activity?" debate.

The irony goes thusly--at the time I had trained for several months at this dojo while stationed on that ship, having nothing but the odd bruise or two as injuries. Meanwhile, the base softball league is in full swing, and all of the softball players are tearing ligaments, rotator cuffs, breaking bones in their hands, etc. The base is full of people on crutches and in slings. But my black eye rated a debate in the perceived "dangerousness" of an activity.

I was told that I was no longer permitted to participate in martial arts. I went anyway. I didn't need them, but I had lies ready in case I got bruised again.

Lesson learned: "military" does not always = "tough" or even "knows anything about hand-to-hand combat." In fact, it often means "let's make up a new stupid rule to combat a non-existent problem and justify our own existence."