If you are not a competitive boxer, there is no need to experience all out or really hard sparring. If you occasionally want to be tested to see how you do under more duress, then you can experience this with a qualified coach under supervision. But, for the most part you can experience sparring at a low to medium contact level, still get the benefits of facing your fears and learning about yourself while significantly decreasing opportunity for injury.
I believe we are here on this earth to get to know ourselves at a deeper level so that we may be of service to others. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Sparring is a tool to help you get to know yourself better. When you put on the headgear and gloves, put your mouth guard in and step inside the ring, you touch gloves with someone else who is also willing to expose themselves in front of others. It is a powerful experience to give and receive punches. It’s a powerful experience to agree to be vulnerable with others watching. You learn all about your defensiveness, how you do or don’t bully, where you are scared, where you are confident and how well you can relax under pressure. All these lessons are invaluable for daily life. Boxers have always known this and have always had a hard time relaying their knowledge to the general public what it’s like in the ring with someone else. They have always had a hard time convincing others that it’s not a lot different than an argument or any interaction in daily life.
If you spar fully willing to learn about yourself and take on the ways you blame others for your experience, much freedom will come to you. You will find how the ring translates to your business and personal life. You can learn how to be more curious and excited about discovering yourself and all the while getting one hell of a workout.
If you are nervous to try sparring, good! That is the whole point. You will never learn anything new without discomfort, so come on in the gym for a Group Sparring session. You don’t need experience. We will take you through the basics over and over again until you are ready to trade a few punches. Even the basics will bring up information from the depths of you that will be of value to you outside the ring. If a Group Sparring session is too intimidating, then schedule an Individual Session with a coach. You will be in good hands and have an opportunity for an amazing learning experience.
Some stats from 2009
There are more head injuries in cheer leading than amateur boxing. http://www.aans.org
The following 20 sports/recreational activities represent the categories contributing to the highest number of estimated head injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2009.
Baseball and Softball: 38,394
Water Sports (Diving, Scuba Diving, Surfing, Swimming, Water Polo, Water Skiing, Water Tubing): 28,716
Powered Recreational Vehicles (ATVs, Dune Buggies, Go-Carts, Mini bikes, Off-road): 26,606
Fitness/Exercise/Health Club: 18,012
Winter Sports (Skiing, Sledding, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling): 16,948
Horseback Riding: 14,466
Other Ball Sports and Balls, Unspecified: 6,883
Roller and Inline Skating: 3,320
Ice Skating: 4,608
The top 10 sports-related head-injury categories among children ages 14 and younger:
Baseball and Softball: 18,246
Water Sports: 12,843
Powered Recreational Vehicles: 6,818
Winter Sports: 6,750