How We Teach

We teach boxing in a class environment that is focused on skills development and training. Classes have been developed using traditional boxing techniques, including elements adapted from Boxing Australia’s Olympic boxing program. Competitors who have trained at Joe’s Boxing have won tournaments, state titles, masters golden gloves, competed at Nationals & Commonwealth Games Trials, and one became the first woman to compete at an Olympics for Germany at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and we had a winner at the inaugural world gay boxing championships in 2023.

Black Shirt Program

The Black Shirt Program is the cornerstone of our school, where the emphasis is on student development. At this stage in your boxing journey, we aim to develop core skills rather than have you engage in competition immediately. The aim of the Black Shirt Program is to take a student from beginner through to the equivalent skill level of an amateur boxing competitor. The training consists of a refined series of drills, combinations, and, ultimately, sparring, a well-traveled journey that can usually be achieved within two years for most students. There is no time limit to achieve your black shirt but it is what our club is primarily about so if you do not want to be part of it we are probably not the club for you.

The program uses a grading system of coloured shirts, which establish the foundation and provide goals for each student to reach.

  • White (beginner)
  • Grey
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black (advanced)

The ultimate student test is the Black Shirt grading. This requires the student to participate in an exhibition match, comprising three 2-minute rounds of boxing, as part of our annual Joe’s Boxing Black Shirt Graduation fight night, which generally attracts a crowd of over 100 people (see below 2019). Upon successful completion of your Black Shirt grading, your name will be added to the Joe’s Boxing Honour Roll, which is displayed on the wall for all to see.

All students attending Joe’s Boxing need to participate in our Black Shirt program, as it provides you with the structure, motivation, and benchmarks to work towards throughout your training. Importantly, it gives all students the opportunity to display their skills and experience what it’s like to step into the ring and face a real live opponent in front of a large crowd. It’s the closest you will get to experience what it may be like to compete as a competitive boxer. Well worth the journey!

After achieving the black shirt, you can go on to amateur competition under Boxing NSW Australia, the only Olympic certified organization within Australia. Or perhaps you’d like to join our coaching staff and teach others (and get to sit ringside at competitions).

Private Training

We offer a few different alternatives for private training sessions. Although recommended the trainers here are independent of Joe’s Boxing Club Sydney in regard to personal training and as such no liability is intended or implied in these recommendations.

  • Pablo – In addition to working at the gym and teaching classes, Pablo offers private training sessions for $70 per hour for one off, or cheaper if you pay a block in advance or are on a Joe’s Boxing membership. He’s available weekdays 9am-3pm. You can reach Pablo for private training by filling out the enquiry form on the website.

If you can’t do daytimes weekdays there is no opportunity here to do PT but I may be able to recommend other trainers in the area by filling out the enquiry form on the website.