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Old 07-20-2013, 04:31 PM
 
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want to learn boxing, for the discipline, fun, and self defense, but don't know if I should do the sparring, kidney problems, I get punch on my kidneys a lot can cause more damage than what already is, blood in the urine-- kidney problems caused by high blood pressure
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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Find a reputable gym and trainer. Explain that you want to learn how to box but without sparring. Unless you plan on competing you really don't need the sparring. Given your condition I would avoid it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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just try and get the first punch in, complete surprise works best
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:04 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Why don't you take up a martial art - no contact? Tae kwon do for instance. Exercise without the threat of getting punched in the kidneys, will help that BP. Your BP should be the primary concern.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:07 PM
 
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Sparring is not required unless you want to fight, and given your condition you probably aren't going to pursue that. You can still learn a lot about boxing and get a great workout without sparring.

Plus, have you thought about other disciplines that aren't striking based. You could learn Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, judo and so on. Those are great sports and you can compete without worrying about damage to your kidneys.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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Don't risk kidney damage. You can still hit bags, shadow box, mits and even work in pairs without hard punching to risk injury.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Avoid anything that damages your body or brain- sparring also is bad for the brain...getting hit in the noggin scrambles the grey matter..Boxing as a form of great self defense - in so far as real combative contact...should only be fully used in a street fight where you are protecting yourself.....to routinely practice and get struck in the kidney or head is stupid.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Most people don't use sparring the way it's supposed to be used anyway. Sparring is not supposed to be a war. You should spar to keep yourself sharp. To work on feints, defense, and execute your game plan.

It's not about who can land the hardest punches.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:17 PM
 
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Most people don't use sparring the way it's supposed to be used anyway. Sparring is not supposed to be a war. You should spar to keep yourself sharp. To work on feints, defense, and execute your game plan.

It's not about who can land the hardest punches.
That was something that I also thought about. You say that you can't get punched in the kidneys a lot, but would properly done sparring still be safe for you?

Sparring isn't fighting, and I get very irritated with hyper-competitive people who treat it as such. While yes, you're probably going to be sore at the end of a session and maybe take a couple solid hits, sparring is a simulation of a fight, not an actual fight. Your rewards are having good defense and punch placement, not trying to hit the other guy as hard as you can. Besides, kidney punches are illegal in boxing.
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