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Youth Boxing class teaches basic boxing skills and techniques such as; stance, guard, movement, jab, cross, hook. It increases strength and improves endurance. Youth Boxing class will include cardio calisthenics, shadow boxing, bag work, partner drills, pad work and core strengthening exercises. These skills will give kids self-defense tools as well as self-confidence while keeping them physically fit. 

All Levels – No experience necessary.  Class is equal parts basic instruction (punches, combinations, footwork, ducking and slipping) and intense conditioning.  This is where beginners learn the fundamentals and more experienced members get back to basics.  Everyone gets a non-stop plyometric workout.

Intermediate – Some experience recommended.  Greater individual attention and emphasis on technique.  “Live” drills – members pair up and practice what they’ve learned on each other – and light contact.  Roughly one-third of the class will be spent on plyometrics and core-conditioning.

 

Advanced – Focus on real-time application and implementation includes supervised sparring (safety equipment must be worn), and freestyle drills. These classes are not for fighters only!  They are for any member interested in putting everything they’ve learned together in a safe, controlled setting.  Cardio typically includes three rounds of warm up exercises, such as shadowboxing or jumping rope

GYM UPDATES

Capistrano Boxing Gym is working hard on provided training equipment, protective gear, insurance, and travel fees for our low income/at risk youth team members, etc. 

We are currently raising funds for a Gym Defibrillator. Please consider a small donation

Go-Fund-Me page.

The mission of USA Boxing shall be to enable United States' athletes and coaches to achieve sustained competitive excellence, develop character, support the sport of boxing, and promote and grow Olympic style boxing in the United States. The responsibility of USA Boxing is not only to produce Olympic gold, but also oversee and govern every aspect of amateur boxing in the United States.

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Our Coaches

Nicolas "Nico" Ramirez

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Coach Ramirez started out with amature boxing and wrestling in high school.  After 4 years of trianging, Ramirez moved into mix martial arts with LA Boxing, training in boxing, muay-thai, BJJ, Wrestling, and Aikido.,  Ramierz holds personal trainings and runs serveral of the cardio classes for Capistrano Boxing Gym.

Ramirez has trained under Jeff Morgan (Wrestling Coach/UFC Gym Head Traininer), Ricky Gutierrez (Pro Boxer), Samuel Jacobs (Goes BJJ), Eduardo Arturo Sanchez (UFC Fighter), and Adam Lyn (Pro Trainer/MMA Fifghter).

Coach Ramirez is a certified coach through the US Boxing Coaching Association.

R.R. "Sal" Saldivar

San Juan Capistrano, CA

R.R. "Sal" Saldivar is a world class amateur and professional boxing trainer and cutman.

 

Coach Sal has been involved in the game since his youth, taught by his grandfather, Ray Saldivar Sr., who ran training at the Resurrection Athletic Club in East Los Angeles for over 40 years. 

 

He established his coaching career in the Illinois Association of USA Boxing where he and his staff founded three successful boxing programs/gyms. He was the chief clinician for the Association under LBC President Louis Rios, having received Level 2 certification at the Elite Coaches training at USOTC in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

Sal has worked with many top amateur and professional boxers and coaches including; Victor Ortiz, Brandon Rios, Barry Hunter, George Smith and Nelson Luyando Sr.. He has contributed in development of a number of state champions, one National champion and one National runner up.

Alan Kemp

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Alan Kemp first entered a boxing gym at the age of 8 after winding up on the losing end of several skirmishes with bullies in his tough Buffalo, New York neighborhood. His father Al, a former boxer and experienced trainer, thought it time for his young son to learn how to defend himself. Under his watchful eye and careful tutelage, Alan spent the next years transforming himself from a slight boy into a fine practitioner of what his father called the “Sweet Science” – or, the Art of Boxing.

 

By the time he was 15, Alan had won the first of three Golden Gloves Boxing Championships. As a two-time Open Class Champion he competed in two National Golden Gloves tournaments and went on to claim 59 wins in 65 bouts during a six year Amateur career. Eventually becoming a Professional Middleweight, Kemp attained a record of 12 victories and 2 defeats, scoring 11 knockouts. His only two losses coming from battles with former National Amateur Champion, Morris Jordan and Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Ronnie Harris.

Kemp was inducted into the Buffalo Boxing Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a USA Boxing Certified Coach currently training several Amateur and Professional boxers including Orange County’s Daniel Kim, the 2012 National Invitational Blue & Gold Novice Light Welterweight Champion and popular local Professional. In 2018, Kemp received the United Combat Association Coach of the Year Award as the trainer of Chris Dubiansky, the reigning UCA California Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight Champion.

 

As a Boxing Coach, Alan Kemp strives to bring the same dedication and passion to the sport his father did. “Whether for competition or physical fitness, I believe that the relationship between coach and athlete is a collaborative one, with the coach guiding the athlete to reach for his or her greatest potential. The process of training is hard work for both but, it can also be fun and ultimately, very satisfying”, says Kemp.

 

At Capistrano Boxing Gym, Coach Alan Kemp will offer Classic Boxing classes for boys and girls 8 years of age and above and for men and women of all ages. The classes are designed to teach the basic fundamentals as well as advanced technical skills, while monitoring for continuous improvement and fitness at all levels.

John Iavarone

San Juan Capistrano, CA

John Iavarone’s love of boxing began in Providence, Rhode Island in 1974 in front of closed circuit TV, watching the legendary Rumble in the Jungle between then world champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.

After a successful three sport career in high school and a two sport collegiate career at Dean College, John’s love of boxing only grew. He began to follow the career of local legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler. It was only a matter of time before he was training at the Fall River, MA, Police Athletic League under the guidance of renowned local trainer Ronnie Como. It was Ronnie that taught John the foundation of the skills he teaches today. After moving to Las Vegas in the late 80’s, John found himself training at the world-famous Johnny Toco’s Ringside Gym and the Golden Gloves Gym. John trained with greats such as Ron Lyle, Richard Steel, Miguel Diaz, Riddick Bowe and the Mayweather brothers.

Although John was considered more of a street fighter, he also possessed the skill of seasoned heavyweight boxer and was a gym rat willing to learn and get in the ring with anyone. John’s skill did not go unnoticed however, and without the benefit of ever having a sanctioned fight in the ring, he was noticed by the family of legendary champion Rocky Marciano and manager Lou Duva. He was extended an invitation to fight as a heavyweight contender in the camp of then undisputed world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. John trained with the greatest fighter in the world and refined his skills under the training of the legendary George Benton. By this time John was already in his 30’s and after a few successful contest bouts, John decided it was time to focus on his career as a businessman at the newest Vegas mecca of boxing, The Mirage Hotel. As a department director at the Mirage John was involved in some of the biggest fights in boxing history.

In 1999, John moved to San Juan Capistrano and became involved in youth sports as a coach, league president, and a varsity football coach at San Juan Hills High School. Through all this time, John has maintained his love and skill for boxing and has trained and shared his knowledge with many over the years. Now that John has retired from coaching football, he’s focused on taking his love of boxing and sharing the knowledge that he has accumulated for so many years. As a businessman, John has worked in entertainment, events and marketing. He hopes to use his experience to help grow The Capistrano Boxing Gym. “The “sweet science” is a beautiful, artistic skill and I’ve been privileged to learn and be surrounded by some of the greatest of all time. I’m very passionate about sharing that knowledge with others”.

Brian Bouquet

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Brian Bouquet is a USA Certified Boxing Coach and Instructor, as well as a former USA amateur welterweight boxer.  He coached and operated the non-profit KO Boxing Club in partnership with Shane Swartz (former National Amateur Champion) and the Swartz Boxing Gym (co-owner) in Ft. Collins, Colorado.  He was also licensed as a promoter for amateur, tough man and professional boxing in Colorado.  He has worked as a promoter with USA Networks Friday Night Fights, Golden Boy Presents, Roy Englebrecht Promotions,  Peltz Boxing, Andy Lee Presents and several other notable match makers and promoters.  

 

His work with the KO Boxing club was a youth trainer and amateur boxing coach.  Teaching at-risk youth self-defense, physical training regiments and athletic achievements.  Brian has trained several amateurs that went on to win the Colorado Golden Gloves Tournament in lightweight (Carlos Navarez) and heavyweight (Larry Dawson).   In addition, Brian has managed amateur boxers into a professional career in boxing including fighters Ramon Perez and Carlos Navarez.   He has also worked with several of the best trainers in the country at gyms in Phoenix, Cleveland, Redondo Beach/Torrance and Ft. Collins.

 

As a profession, Brian is an event promoter and has toured every type of entertainment including Justin Timberlake’s Justified/Stripped Tour with Christina Aguilera, the Eagles Reunion Tour, Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac and too many others to list.  He worked as a promoter for AEG out of the Staples Center as a promoter for Marco Antonio Barrera vs Paulie Ayala Championship fight, Jermain Taylor, Raul Marquez, Marty Jakobowski as well as many others.  He also was a certified Extra Coach with AYSO and volunteered for 6 years in San Juan, as well as coached both of his sons thru the Dana Point Youth Baseball program, and coached them in both the San Juan Roller Hockey league.  He’s an experienced youth coach and advocate of athletic achievement.  

Coach Bouquet is a certified coach through the US Boxing Coaching Association.

Peter Carey

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Peter Carey formally trained in Boxing and Jujitsu in Santa Ana and the City of Orange from the mid 90's through the early 2000's. He is passionate about growing as a coach, and helping grow the sport with our youth in the community. At Capistrano Boxing Gym, Carey will be assisting with basic boxing fundamentals, emphasizing on mitts, bag workouts, shadow boxing, cardio, and core work out exercises.

 

Carey is a certified coach through the US Boxing Coaching Association. Carey obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Cal Baptist University. Carey is also a local business owner (Capistrano Football Club & Capistrano Skate Shop), a Marine Corps Veteran, and a youth advocate that has been working with kids in the city of San Juan Capistrano and surrounding areas since 2004. In addition, he also coaches at San Juan Hills High School & Irvine Valley College. He was recently recognized as a District 3 Honoree from Cal South (Feb 17), received a Certificate of Achievement from the City Mayor (June 17), and was a selected member for San Juan Capistrano's Citizens Leadership Academy (Nov 17).

 

As a stand out role model, Peter Carey has been helping shape and mentor local youth and student athletes by focusing on hard work, belief, accountability, commitment, and leadership. Coach Carey brings a lot of experience with coaching and leadership, and is dedicated to keeping Capistrano Boxing Gym and the team on the road to success.

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31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E4, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 * E-mail: capoboxinggym@gmail.com * Tel: (949) 276-7776 Fax: (949) 265-9014