South Woodford trainer claims women make better boxers

Women make better boxers than men, according to a trainer registered under the Muhammad Ali franchise. 

Mark Rahaman has seen a rise in the number of women visiting his sessions following the success of Olympic gold medalist Nicola Adams.

And he believes women can better adapt to the subtleties of the sport.

Mr Rahaman, 44, of High Road, South Woodford, said: “Throughout my eight years working with clients, somehow 90 per cent of them have been professional business women.

“They all love to box and are much better at it than guys.

“I think it is because boxing is really quite technical. It’s an art and a bit like dancing. It’s all about shifting the weight and learning the moves.

“When guys pick up a pair of gloves, all they want to do is punch as hard as they can – you really have to control them.”

Mr Rahaman is a registered coach with the British Boxing Board of Control, as well as being licensed as a Muhammad Ali trainer.

He currently coaches professional light welterweight boxer Ben Day.

Joanne Colley, 30, of Brentwood, took up the sport three weeks ago after being mugged on her way home from work in October.

She said: “After being mugged, it really shook me up and dented my confidence.

"I didn’t join with the intention of learning self defence, it was more to boost my confidence.

“I am a typical girly girl and rubbish at throwing a punch, but this really teaches you everything you need to know and it is great for anger. I really enjoy it.”

Diane Fenton, 47, of Connaught Road, Leytonstone, took up the sport after getting tired of the usual exercise classes available for women.

She said: “I feel more awake and more like I’ve done a workout when I box.

“It doesn’t just work my arms, but it works the entire body – legs, shoulders, core muscles.

“You don’t feel like it’s a manly thing either – it is just good fun.”

Mr Rahaman added: “Boxing is an explosive, anaerobic sport. Great for fat burning and fitness.”

The class meets every Thursday evening and Saturday morning in the St Anne’s Line Hall in Grove Crescent, South Woodford.

For more information call Mr Rahaman on 07956 239690.

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6:47pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

How can Mr Rahmhaham promote this vile antiquated, barbaric, blood thirsty, violent,aggressive and use Mohamed Ali to advance this 'sport' which has been vilified by the BMA?

Mohamed Ali only recently was said to be on the verge of d'eath after years of suffering from punch drunkness after going several fights to far.

One only has to look at the likes of Johny Boy owen, Michael Watson and the Usa, McClelland to see what the history of boxing has done to young men and to suggest more young ladies take it up is beyond comprehension and they would far more be suited to other kinds of sports like Tennis and Netballs.

This is a money making exercise with the NHS picking up the Bill when any young lady who instead of going to a finishing school to advance her careers ends up in Hospital like the boxer in Pretty Baby with Clint Eastwood when the evil boxer crept up and punched her when she wasn't looking.
How can Mr Rahmhaham promote this vile antiquated, barbaric, blood thirsty, violent,aggressive and use Mohamed Ali to advance this 'sport' which has been vilified by the BMA? Mohamed Ali only recently was said to be on the verge of d'eath after years of suffering from punch drunkness after going several fights to far. One only has to look at the likes of Johny Boy owen, Michael Watson and the Usa, McClelland to see what the history of boxing has done to young men and to suggest more young ladies take it up is beyond comprehension and they would far more be suited to other kinds of sports like Tennis and Netballs. This is a money making exercise with the NHS picking up the Bill when any young lady who instead of going to a finishing school to advance her careers ends up in Hospital like the boxer in Pretty Baby with Clint Eastwood when the evil boxer crept up and punched her when she wasn't looking. Cornbeefur
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7:02pm Sat 9 Mar 13

jade.jally says...

In reply to Cornbeefur...

As a 22 year old women who goes to this class every week, I can tell you that this class in no way at all is barbaric, blood thirsty or violent. It is a keep fit class were no physical contact is made and hand wraps, gloves and pads are all used, meaning that all punches are aimed at boxing pad so there is no danger of injury or contact.

As a cheerleader, I find this boxing class very helpful for both my balance and strength which is needed in both sports as well as one of the most enjoyable keep fit classes I have ever been to.

I also find your comment about women only taken up sports such as Tennis and Netball a extremely sexist and rude comment, and suggest that you read the article completely before making these kind of comments.
In reply to Cornbeefur... As a 22 year old women who goes to this class every week, I can tell you that this class in no way at all is barbaric, blood thirsty or violent. It is a keep fit class were no physical contact is made and hand wraps, gloves and pads are all used, meaning that all punches are aimed at boxing pad so there is no danger of injury or contact. As a cheerleader, I find this boxing class very helpful for both my balance and strength which is needed in both sports as well as one of the most enjoyable keep fit classes I have ever been to. I also find your comment about women only taken up sports such as Tennis and Netball a extremely sexist and rude comment, and suggest that you read the article completely before making these kind of comments. jade.jally
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