Ready to Rumble: How to Prepare for Your Session With Kingsway Boxing 🥊


Embark on Your Boxing Journey with Confidence: A Complete Guide to Preparing for Your First Class

Walking into a boxing gym for the first time can be a bit overwhelming, regardless of your experience in the sport. At Kingsway Boxing, we strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment, making sure you feel comfortable from day one. When you’re ready to join us for your first class, take a look at the complete guide below to get started on your boxing journey with confidence.

What You Need & What You Need To Know…

Pick Up and Drop Off Procedure: Your cooperation and adherence to these procedures will help us maintain a well-organized and enjoyable experience for everyone at Kingsway Boxing Club. We look forward to having you join our classes! 🥊🚗🕑📝

  • Timely Arrival: Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before the session starts to allow for a smooth transition between classes.
  • Cancellation Policy: To avoid the loss of a session credit, kindly cancel your reservation through your account or reply to the confirmation email at least 12 hours in advance.
  • Account Updates: Ensure your account information is up-to-date to receive any important communications and updates from us. Account Login

Come Dressed & Ready: Get the most out of your training session by coming dressed and prepared to train! Remember to wear appropriate workout attire and bring your indoor workout shoes. As we have limited access to change rooms, we recommend arriving at your class ready to go if possible. This way, you can avoid waiting in lines for facilities and jump right into the action. We’re looking forward to seeing you in top form and ready to take on the challenge at Kingsway Boxing Club! 🥊👟💪

Bring Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated and nourished is crucial to ensure you have optimal energy levels and get the most out of your boxing class. Proper hydration enhances your performance, improves endurance, and helps you recover faster. Read more here on how to stay properly hydrated.

✅ Boxing Gloves & Wraps: We understand the importance of trying before you buy. You’re not obligated to purchase equipment right away. We have gloves available for day use, so you can explore boxing with ease. When you’re ready, we have our exclusive Equipment Starter Package with all the essentials.

Proper Hand Wrapping: If you’re unsure about how to wrap your hands correctly, we’ve got you covered! We encourage you to arrive 5 minutes early for your class, and our coaching team will be more than happy to assist you in learning the proper hand wrapping technique. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, and we want to ensure that every participant feels confident and well-prepared before throwing your first punch.

Learning how to wrap your hands correctly is a fundamental skill in boxing, as it provides crucial protection for your hands and wrists during training and competition. Here’s why proper hand wrapping is essential:

  1. Hand and Wrist Protection: The repetitive impact of punching in boxing puts a lot of stress on the hands and wrists. A well-wrapped hand provides additional support, reducing the risk of sprains, fractures, and other injuries.
  2. Stability and Alignment: Proper hand wrapping ensures that your fingers, knuckles, and wrists are aligned correctly. This alignment helps distribute the force of the impact evenly, minimizing the risk of injury.
  3. Improved Performance: A secure hand wrap allows you to punch with confidence and full power, enhancing your performance during training and competition.
  4. Mandatory in Competition: In competitive boxing, improper hand wrapping can lead to disqualification. Knowing the correct wrapping technique ensures you meet the rules and regulations of the sport.

FULL INSTRUCTION: DOWNLOAD PDF

What To Expect In Class

In our classes at Kingsway Boxing Club, you can expect an engaging and rewarding experience designed to cater to participants of all levels, from beginners to seasoned boxers. Here’s what you can look forward to in our classes:

  1. Expert Coaching: Our classes are led by Nationally Certified Coaches who have extensive experience in the sport. They will guide you through each session, providing clear instructions and personalized feedback.
  2. Technical Instruction: You’ll learn the technical movements and mechanics of boxing, including proper stance, footwork, punches, defensive maneuvers, and more. Whether you’re new to boxing or want to refine your skills, our classes will help you become a more proficient boxer.
  3. Physical Challenge: Get ready to be pushed physically in a whole new way. Our workouts are designed to improve your cardiovascular fitness, strength, agility, and overall conditioning. You’ll build stamina and endurance as you progress in the sport.
  4. Inclusive Environment: Our classes are welcoming to individuals of all fitness levels and backgrounds. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced athlete, our coaches will adapt the training to suit your needs and goals. You’ll find camaraderie and encouragement among fellow participants, fostering a positive and motivating atmosphere.
  5. Youth and Adult Programs: Our successful youth and adult programs have been running for over 20 years. They provide a safe and fun environment for young boxers to learn and grow in the sport.
  6. Personal Growth: Beyond physical fitness, boxing instills discipline, mental resilience, and self-confidence. You’ll experience personal growth as you challenge yourself and achieve new milestones in the sport.
  7. Year-Round Opportunities: We welcome participants back year after year, and new members are always invited to join. Our doors are open to anyone looking to share in the transformative experience of boxing.

No matter your starting point, we are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals in boxing and ensuring you have a fulfilling and enjoyable journey. Join us at Kingsway Boxing Club and discover the excitement and benefits of this dynamic sport! 🥊🏋️‍♂️🥇

Not Sure Which Program Is For you? Get Started Today!

Boxing is an inclusive sport suitable for all fitness levels and ages. Don’t be intimidated; we offer classes tailored to everyone. Our dedicated coaches will ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your journey. Join us and experience the welcoming world of boxing!

Group Drop-In Classes

Getting started with us is easy through our drop-in classes, available for booking directly on our website. Our offerings go beyond recreational boxing, including Thai Kickboxing, Yoga, and various fitness programs. Join us for a diverse and enjoyable fitness experience that caters to your interests and goals. Discover the perfect class for you and kickstart your journey to a healthier and more empowered you! 🥊🥋🧘‍♀️🏋️‍♂️

Private and Semi-Private Training

For those seeking additional support with their boxing skills or interested in personal training beyond boxing, we offer 1-to-1 coaching through our TKO packages. These personalized sessions are designed to enhance your comfort level and build confidence in boxing or any other fitness goals you may have.

Take advantage of our special offers and discover the benefits of one-on-one coaching. We’re dedicated to helping you reach your full potential and achieve your fitness aspirations. Join us for a transformative training experience! 🥊🥋🏋️‍♂️ Get Started Now

KBC On-Demand Database & Virtual Training

Since introducing our virtual boxing and conditioning classes, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Alongside our extensive online database featuring hundreds of virtual classes, we remain committed to providing personalized training experiences through private online sessions.

Whether you’re interested in joining our virtual classes or seeking one-on-one coaching, we have you covered. Kingsway Boxing is dedicated to ensuring that you can continue your fitness journey from the comfort of your home while staying connected to our supportive community. Join us online and experience the power of virtual training! 🥊💻🌟 Contact Us to request private virtual training today!

Terms & Conditions

Transparency is our priority, and we want everyone to feel completely comfortable and informed before registering. For detailed information regarding our cancellation and refund policies, as well as essential terms and conditions related to purchasing sessions or memberships, please take a moment to review the Kingsway Boxing Club Terms & Conditions. Your understanding of these important aspects will help ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you to our boxing community! 🥊✨

Please take a moment to review the KBC Terms & Conditions


At Kingsway Boxing the safety of our community is our number one priority. We kindly urge all attendees to be mindful of their health before participating in any classes or training sessions.


Our staff trainers and coaches remain dedicated to upholding strict protocols ensuring the safety and well-being of our Kingsway family. Thorough cleaning and sanitation take place between clients and classes to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.

We are committed to hosting an environment that empowers everyone to excel and accomplish their goals in a healthy and positive setting.

🎥 ASCENSION: The Story Of Kingsway Boxing | Featuring Jennifer Huggins

Ascension is a short film focused on International Boxing Offical, Gym Owner and Fight To End Cancer Founder, Jennifer Huggins. The feature takes a look how her gym and community engagement has had an impact that goes far beyond the sport of boxing.

ACT 1: THE SWEET SCIENCE: A look into boxing for what it truly is. A sport. An art form and the sweet science.

ACT 2: THE STORY OF KINGSWAY BOXING: The formation and rise of Kingsway Boxing and Jennifer Huggins.

ACT 3: THE FIGHT TO END CANCER: The inspiration and creation behind the life-changing “Fight to End Cancer” charity.

ACT 4: THE COMMUNITY: A look into the community that Kingsway and Jen have built and inspired.

ACT 5: THE FUTURE: After accomplishing so much already, what’s next for Jen and Kingsway?

“The eight of us were tasked with doing a final culminating project for school. However, once we began production on this documentary, it became apparent that we wanted to do something more than just a school project. We wanted to make something that would resonate with the audience and tell the amazing story of Kingsway Boxing and Jen Huggins.”

~ Pound 4 Pound Team


Pound 4 Pound Production Team (Jennifer Huggins: Centre)

About Pound 4 Pound Production

Over the last three months, the group that makes up Pound For Pound Productions has worked tirelessly on this documentary. There were many long nights and early mornings. However, their hard work was rewarded with a meaningful and passionate final product. The team put their heart and soul into creating this documentary, as this story deserved to be told. Pound 4 Pound Production comprises eight fourth-year RTA Sport Media students who were asked to participate in a university practicum project to demonstrate the skills they have learned in their three years. The crew consisted of David D’Amico, Frankie Iantorno, Cristian Sturino, Andriejus Simkus-Sukauskas, Marc Vicioso, Mitchell Cairns, Ben Botelho and Nicolas Ambrosio. 

The production team decided that a documentary would best fit for presenting the skills they had learned. From there, they decided to use boxing as the highlight of the documentary, as it is a sport that displays the skill, dedication and competitiveness of its fighters. At the same time, it had also become increasingly popular. One of the group members, Mitchell Cairns, who had been part of the Kingsway Boxing Club for four years, spoke about how incredible the gym and community were at KBC. From there, after interviewing Jennifer Huggins, the team decided to centre the documentary around Jennifer and how her boxing gym and community have had an impact on her that goes beyond the sport. However, once they began production on this documentary, it became apparent that they wanted to do something more than just a school project. They wanted to make something that would resonate with the audience and tell the incredible story of Kingsway Boxing and Jennifer Huggins.


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Kingsway Boxing Club’s Commitment To The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM)

Kingsway Boxing Club has entered the list of Responsible Coaching Movement Champions Recognized By The Coaching Association Of Canada.

At Kingsway Boxing Club, we are committed to maintaining the standards of ethics, safety and respect in the sport of Boxing, for all our athletes and coaches. 💪

By adhering to the Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM), we pledge to work hard everyday to ensure that the Boxing culture at our gym is safe and aligns with the ethics’ model.

To guide sport organizations with resources to embedding safe sport practices, the Coaching Association of Canada has developed a RCM Checklist that includes resources, templates and useful links. 

OUR PLEDGE…

🥊 Kingsway Boxing Club believes in providing everyone with equal opportunity, no matter the fitness level, background, age or size.

🥊 We will work to maintain the high standard of safety and ethics across all of our programs and ensure that the Boxing culture here is as welcoming and safe as possible!

🥊 We will encourage open dialogue between our athletes, coaches and community to ensure we are always improving building stronger and safer interactions.

👊 👊 Engaging In The Rule of Two

The goal of the Rule of Two is to ensure all interactions and communications are open, observable and justifiable. Its purpose is to protect participants (especially minors) and coaches in potentially vulnerable situations by ensuring more than one adult is present. There may be exceptions for emergency situations.

Good implementation practices

  1. Never allow the coach to be alone and out of sight with a participant without another screened coach or screened adult (parent or volunteer) present
  2. Allow training environment to be open to observation
  3. When a participant rides in a coach’s vehicle, ensure that another adult is present
  4. Consider the gender of the participant(s) when selecting the screened coaches and volunteers who are present
  5. Eliminate one-to-one electronic messaging, and ensure that all communications are sent to the group or include parents
  6. For more information, visit coach.ca/responsiblecoaching

Kingsway Boxing Club’s Acceptance of the UCCMS

The Universal Code of Conduct to Prevent and Address Maltreatment in Sport (UCCMS) is a cornerstone in ensuring all stakeholders commit to safety in sport. The universal code of conduct applies to all participants, administrators, athletes, coaches and officials who work within the national sports system in Canada. The universal code of conduct is meant to achieve a safe and welcoming environment for all participants.

Failure To Report

You have a duty to report that is mandated by law. (Requirements vary depending on provincial or territorial legislation.) An adult participant who fails to report actual or suspected maltreatment or neglect of any kind involving a minor participant will be subject to disciplinary action under the UCCMS. 

Child Protection Legislation

If there is an instance of child abuse and neglect, who is responsible for reporting this? Much like creating a safe sport environment, we all have a responsibility to report these instances. In fact, everyone has a legal duty to report these types of acts under Canadian child welfare laws. Adults are obliged to report child maltreatment if there is knowledge or suspicion that it is occurring. This is called the duty to report. 

Step 1

If you know of or suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you have a legal obligation to report it. 

Step 2

Write down what you have seen, heard or been told and by whom. Record your observations and any actions you took. 

Step 3

Act quickly. (Do not wait for days or weeks.) You must report this maltreatment to: 

  • Local police
  • Local child welfare services (e.g., Children’s Aid Society or child and family service agencies) 
    • You can submit an online report of maltreatment to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection as well 
    • However, even if you make a report to it, you must also contact local authorities 
  • Provincial or territorial social service ministries or departments 

📞 RESOURCES

Canadian Sport Helpline: 1-888-83SPORT(77678) or abuse-free-sport.ca/

The Canadian Sport Help Line is available to provide you with advice, guidance and resources on how to proceed/intervene appropriately in the circumstances.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection: protectchildren.ca/

If you have concerns about a child, or if you are a victim (survivor) or a family member of a victim, you may contact the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for information or support.

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-688-6868

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led text-based support for young people. Kids Help Phone’s free, anonymous services are available in both English and French.

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310 or hopeforwellness.ca/

A helpline dedicated to supporting First Nations and Inuit Peoples. Service is available in Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut, English and French. 

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366 or translifeline.org/

A helpline dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. The phone line is staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Use and Addiction: ccsa.ca/addictions-treatment-helplines-canada

The Centre was created by the Canadian government to address and provide leadership on substance use in Canada. 

Victim Services Government of Canada: crcvc.ca/for-victims/services/

The Canadian government provides a number of services to victims of crime, including emotional support, counselling, advocacy and safety planning. 

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP): suicideprevention.ca/

CASP’s goal is to reduce the suicide rate in Canada and to minimize the consequences of suicidal behaviour. 

More Resources Available: http://safesport.coach.ca/Toolbox

📼 COACH RESOURCES

Learn some easy next steps to implement the three pillars here: RCM Champion Now what?

Learn about the best practices on background screening process here: Best practices Background Screening


Jan 13, 2024

PAUSE and REFLECTION

As we think back to the conversations and events we have participated in this fall, we recognize it is ever important to take time to pause and reflect on a few key issues facing the sport environment. Safe sport continues to be one of the most prevalent issues in Canadian sport. The absence of harm in the sport experience is not good enough. A values-based approach will help foster a sport culture that leaves far less room for harm and provides a greater chance for sport to deliver on its potential.

Take time to read and reflect on the following definitions as you consider the role you can play in changing the culture of sport and bringing values to the forefront.

Safe Sport: A set of policies, procedures, training, and practices that are implemented by the organization to prevent maltreatment and protect its members. Safe Sport involves the reasonable expectation that the sport environment will be free from all forms of maltreatment (i.e., abuse, neglect, bullying, harassment, and discrimination) and that it will be accessible, safe, welcoming, and inclusive.

Sport Safety: The ability to understand the factors that contribute to physical and mental health and well-being as well as physical and psychological safety including, but not limited to, environments that promote safety through education and prevention and are free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and neglect. Sport Safety incorporates a culture of empathy, inclusion, belonging, and excellence, and one that coaches and officials strive to implement within their training and competition environments. 

Values-Based Sport: Sport that places values at the heart of all policies, practices, and programs to ensure that positive experiences foster a culture of good sport in the long term.

True Sport: An initiative of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that promotes an approach to values-based sport that is underpinned by seven principles. When “Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, and Give Back” are intentionally and consistently activated in sport environments, it creates positive sport experiences and leads to a good sport culture.

Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM): A call to action for sport organizations and coaches to maximize the positive benefits of sport through values-based coaching. The RCM is a Canada-wide initiative that is the result of ongoing consultations with the Canadian sport community developed in partnership by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Coaching Association of Canada. It includes three distinct pillars and values, each serving to create a sport environment that is Safe, Smart, and Secure.

Figure 14.4 A Socio-Ecological Model to Inform Safe Sport
Learn more here: The Coaching Association of Canada’s Journey Towards Safer Sport
Changing culture takes intentional work. It’s the day-to-day, consistent, and continual commitment by all members to implement the Responsible Coaching Movement and activate the True Sport Principles that will create the culture we seek.

What role can you play to bring values to the forefront as we work to change the culture of sport?

According to the basic tenets of the socio-ecological model to inform safe sport (figure below), everyone has a role to play in the movement. This model demonstrates the overlapping influence that numerous people and organizations have over safe sport outcomes. For example, Register-Mihalik et. al. argue that this model offers different avenues for understanding the interplay between levels of society and sport, which can be used to provide education aimed at preventing sport-related concussions.  If we use this same model to identify the risk factors in broader safe sport issues, we can target better methods for other community members, such as the sport organizers and government legislators, to impact the implementation of safe sport in the years to come.

CULTURE CHANGE WITHIN THE CANADIAN SPORT SYSTEM: PRACTICAL EXAMPLES FROM SPORT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE USING A TRUE SPORT APPROACH TO ACHIEVE SAFER SPORT

In Canada, a fundamental change in culture is required across the sport system to minimize the threats to sport and ensure a safe sport experience for all. True Sport is an approach to values-based sport that is underpinned by seven principles: Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone and Give Back. A good sport experience, one that reflects the True Sport approach, can instill character in our children, strengthen the communities where it is played, and increase opportunities for personal and podium excellence. Good sport doesn’t happen by chance, it takes intentionality. Groups such as Sport Nova Scotia, Gymnastics Canada, BC Artistic Swimming and Field Hockey Canada are actioning True Sport as a holistic, preventative, and positive approach in their safe sport strategies. They also understand that the absence of harm isn’t good enough; learn more about their journeys to deliver the kind of sport Canadians want.
 
In addition to providing athletes with sport-specific skills, coaches are also in a unique and privileged position of power. The Responsible Coaching Movement aims to protect athletes and coaches from unethical and illegal behaviour through the implementation of measures such as: the Rule of Two and background screening and ethics training. The RCM recognizes the impact that coaching can have on athletes which is why the RCM seeks to have coaches consider how they coach, not just what they coach. Through this initiative, the difference between a safe sport environment and one that elicits positive growth and personal development can be achieved. Following the introduction of the rule of two, background screening and ethics training, the next phase of the RCM focuses on identifying and addressing negative coaching behaviours, while moving toward positive coaching behaviours that can play sports a more welcoming and inclusive environment.

True Sport is an approach to values-based sport that is underpinned by seven principles. When “Go For It, Play Fair, Respect Others, Keep It Fun, Stay Healthy, Include Everyone, and Give Back” are intentionally and consistently activated on and off the field of play, it creates positive sport experiences and leads to a culture of good sport. 

Foster a values-based approach to sport by activating the True Sport Principles

NEXT ISSUE: March 2024

As Responsible Coaching Movement Champion we ask that you:

  • Be proud and announce yourself as an RCM Champion to your members.
  • Use the NEW RCM logo(s) and assets. Click here to download RCM logos
  • Adding the logo to the footer to your site depends on how your site is built. 
  • Learn how here.Use the Hashtags #responsiblecoaching  #RCM #MER #EntraînementResponsable.
  • Reach out any time with questions to sportsafety@coach.ca.
https://coach.ca/sites/default/files/2023-01/Support-Services-Sport-Safety-Helplines.pdf

March 20, 2023

Hi everyone,

Don’t miss the RCM next webinar March 22, 7-8:30 PM EST REGISTER HERE

Here is what we will cover:

  • Defining Rule of Two.
  • Example of how clubs implement.
  • Discussion, Question and Answer.

Participants will be entered in an attendance Draw for FREE Training access and customized RCM tuque with your club logo.

Responsible Coaching Movement Webinars recording available here:

  • January 23, 2023 “RCM Champion: Let’s talk Ethics Training”
  • November 23, 2022 “RCM Champion: Now What?”  
  • June 22, 2022 “Best Practices on Background Screening”


December 6, 2022

Hi everyone,
 
This is a reminder that the CAC will be hosting Sport Safety related webinars designed for Master Coach Developers​. Here are the topics for the webinar series:

1) December 8​ – 6:30pm EST (Use of gender-neutral language and gender pronouns​​) Click here to register.
2) January 12​ – 6:30pm EST (Sport safety is not just a safe sport​) Click here to register.
3) Feb. 2​ – 6:30pm EST (Land Acknowledgements yes/no why/ when and how to make them meaningful​​) Click here to register.
4) Feb. 23​ – 6:30pm EST (Accessibility considerations for event planning (physical, learning, cognitive)​​ Click here to register
5) Mar. 8​ – 6:30pm EST (TBD) 

For more information about any of the sessions mentioned above please click here.