Ben Flores

Coach Ben Flores began boxing at age 4. He started competing at age 8 and can still get in the ring when need be. For the last 15 years he has been sharing his knowledge and passion for healthy living by coaching. Ben Flores is a USA level 2 Boxing certified trainer. He specializes in the art of boxing and fundamentals of movement, footwork, timing and hand eye coordination. His drive comes from a belief that fitness and conditioning are essential for a healthy lifestyle. He combines this with plenty of motivation and camaraderie. Coach Ben Flores sums his life mission by the Bruce Lee quote: “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.

This is our Gym Creed

This is our Gym.
There are many like it, but this one is ours.
Our gym is our best friend.
It is our life.
We must master it as we must master our life.
Our gym without us is useless. Without our gym, I am weak.
We must fire our punches true.
We must fire straighter than our enemy who is trying to kill us.
We must hit him before he hits us.
We will…
Before God we swear this creed.
Our gym and I are the defenders of our health.
We are the masters of our enemy.
We are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until there is no enemy, but PEACE.

First off, why boxing?

This question couldn’t have been any easier. Boxing is a great workout, perhaps the most challenging of all sports. Requires speed, agility, finesse, power, endurance, and ultimate mental toughness. Boxing pushes you like no other, pitting the finest and highest level athletes against each other. It’s a sweet science but at the same time also a raw and brutal sport.

More importantly boxing takes you further than you ever thought possible. Boxing makes you more alive than ever, more humble in defeat, and most glorious in victory. Boxing reveals the true fighter deep inside every single one of us.

Boxing is 90% Mental

Once it comes time to competing whether in the gym or a tournament, you’re bound to run into confidence issues at some point or another. It’s natural for people to start doubting themselves at their first major failure. You start to wonder if boxing is even for you. Or maybe you feel like you’ve reached a plateau and can’t get any better. Here are some guides to help you overcome these mental challenges.

Basic Boxing Stance

The basic boxing stance is supposed to be easy for beginners to attack and defend easily. You’re well covered in this stance with both hands ready to attack easily. More advanced fighters will use different boxing stances for more advanced body movements and counter-punching opportunities.

Basic Boxing Footwork

Beginners absolutely need to master the step-drag and pivot maneuvers. This type of movement may seem difficult at first because many people have a habit of always jumping off the ground. In boxing, you want to keep your feet down on the ground so you’re always ready to attack, defend, or move away. Also, jumping around is a huge waste of energy. The flashy footwork will come naturally once you develop better conditioning and technique.

Basic Boxing Punches

Throwing punches is simply the act of being relaxed, then quickly accelerating your hand towards the target as you exhale sharply. You tighten your fist at the moment of impact and then relax the hand to throw more punches. The trick is to utilize your entire body weight behind the punch without falling off balance. Skills and experience will teach you over time.

For a beginner, the most important thing is to learn the proper punching form. Later on, you will be able to throw many different variations of punches from different positions and develop your own punching technique to fit your style.

Basic Boxing Defense

There many kinds of defensive techniques you may have heard of out there, some fancier than others. The first thing a beginner boxer needs to learn is how to block. Blocking is the easiest way to stay in punching range without getting hurt. And for beginners, blocking is the safest way because it closes off the punching angles. Once you’ve mastered blocking, then you can move on to the more advanced stuff like parrying, rolling, and slipping. The main benefits of more advanced defense techniques is that they allow you to defend yourself without using your hands, this way your hands are free to punch back!