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Boxing Club offers students form and fitness – UBNow: News and … – University at Buffalo

Members of the UB Boxing Club work out in Clark Gym. Photos: Douglas Levere

Editors note: Its not always easy for students to find their place at a large, research university like UB. Thankfully, there are hundreds of clubs on campus nearly 500, in fact where students can take a break from their studies, make friends, pursue their passions or simply try something new. UB clubs help build a sense of belonging and True Blue pride in the university. To help, UBNow has introduced Club Watch, an occasional feature highlighting one of UBs many student clubs or organizations that you may not know about but should.

Its Friday night in the basement of Clark Hall on the South Campus, where its dark and gritty and sweaty, and just where youd expect to find the Boxing Club.

The ring is inside an old racquetball court, where head coach Kristen McMurtee is barking orders to two fighters. Senior Sam Dashley, the clubs president, sits ringside on a bench, donning gloves and headgear while awaiting his turn to spar.

I would say people have an impression of what its like in the ring, but they dont know until theyre actually in the ring, Dashley said. It drains you really fast.

The first time youre going to have your adrenaline flowing. Youre going to be shaky, a little nervous, Dashley explained, And then, youre going to get hit for the first time and youre going to be like, Wow. So thats what it feels like.

While Boxing Club may sound a bit intimidating, as many as 60 students showed up for the second practice of the semester. Most of its members are new to the club and slowly eased in during the semester before getting their shot in the ring.

Theyre introduced to the basics and taught proper form and movement, and how to throw punches and jabs. Theres a lot of conditioning running, jumping rope, working the bags.

A quick meeting before warming up for practice.

For the beginners, usually its a mix of just form, said first-year student Leo Jahmuratha. You work on the fundamentals first punching the air a little bit, jumping rope, working on our stamina.

Its only the third practice for Jahmuratha, a former high school wrestler, but so far hes enjoyed it.

I just bought the gloves, he said. Im ready to get going.

Among the newcomers is third-year student Malik Jump, who said his interest in self-defense and combat technique is what brought him here to the Clark basement. He previously spent two years taking Karate and during his sophomore year joined the Tae Kwon Do Club.

I said, Why not join boxing? Jump said. This is my first official practice.

This photographic technique shows two club members going through their workout in the ring.

Dashley loves it. Since joining the club his first year at UB, boxing has been a de-stressor for him and given him more discipline in his studies.

We do have a lot of fall off just because people dont understand what theyre getting themselves into, Dashley acknowledged.

Youre going to be very tired exhausted, Dashley said. But if you hang in there, all your hard work really pays off.

How to join: New membership is closed for the current semester, but those interested in joining next semester are welcome to stop by the gym for a visit. Practices are held in the basement of Clark Hall on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 6-7 p.m. for the experienced members and from 7-8 p.m. for the inexperienced. For more information, or to reach out to the club directly, visit the Boxing Club at UBLinked.

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