What 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 the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) Olympic boxing program. Competitors training at Joe’s Boxing have won two state titles in recent years, and our top student made the Nationals & Commonwealth Games Trials in 2017. 2019 has seen us win two divisions at a major tournament called King of the Ring and took out another title at NSW Novice Titles.

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. 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-travelled journey that can usually be achieved within two years.

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 of 3x 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 200 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 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 in regard to personal training and as such no liability is intended or implied in these recommendations.

  • Emi – Teaches classes here and offers private lessons currently at around $50per hour with availability at Joe’s weekdays 9am-3pm or at your home or in a park near your place at other times . Emi is a top competitor from Argentina with over 25 fights to his credit. You can contact Emi by filling out the enquiry form on the website.
  • Nick Papadopoulos -offers private lessons currently at $60 per hour with availability weekdays 9am-3pm at Joe’s or at his fulltime PT studio in Belmore . Nick has a wealth of knowledge in Boxing as well as being PT qualified.  You can contact Nick by filling out the enquiry form on the website.
  • 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.
  • Justann Crawford – A legend of the Australian boxing scene; two time Olympian, nine times Australian champion, and an all-around nice guy. If you’re looking for the best guy on the pads in Australia, Justann is your man. He works out of Balmain Fitness and you can book an hour of his time for around $90. You can contact Justann by filling out the enquiry form on the website.
  • Joe – Joe only does private sessions for long term members or those members actually competing with Boxing Australia NSW. The best way to get his attention for one-on-one training is to come to class consistently over a long period of time and show your commitment on the gloves and in the ring.
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