Next up in #3rdstreettribe is Brian! 👊
How did you get into boxing and how did you find yourself at 3rd Street?
“I got into boxing after randomly turning on the Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo fight that was on Showtime back in 2005. It ended up being my favorite fight of all time. It really got me more interested in the sport and I started following it more in depth. The week I graduated from college in ’07 (I’m old) I walked into a gym in NYC and took a free beginners class and was hooked from then on. I trained in various gyms over the years, but took a lengthy break before moving to SF and finding 3rd Street Gym. I came in about 2 years ago, signed up and have been trying to come in 2-3 days a week since, working with Allen in the technique classes.”
What's the best part about boxing? Why do you train?
“The best part is learning a new skill and constantly pushing yourself to get better. You really get out what you put in, and it’s very evident if you’re skills are progressing or not based on how bad you’re getting beat up in the ring. It’s great working with a consistent group of guys/girls in the gym, pushing each other, and watching everyone advance together. The best part is that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what you do for a living, how old you are, everyone is working hard together and getting yelled at by Coach Allen at an equal level!”
Any words of advice or encouragement for newbies?
“Don’t be intimidated or discouraged from coming in for your first class. Everyone in the gym started out from scratch at some point. Be open to learning, working hard and having fun and you will never regret it. Chances are you will be hooked after day one, just check the ego at the door and head on in.”