How Boxing Can Help You Build Up Your Levels Of Resilience

How Boxing Can Help You Build Up Your Levels Of Resilience

Jack Sunderland is an exprofessional boxer and now a trainer, coach and social enterprise founder.  He founded the organisation, the Training Cave due to his passion for helping others see positive change.  Jack’s passion comes from his youth and the lessons that he learned from sports, his coaches and mentors.  From a one-manband, Jack has grown his business where he has a team of full time staff, part time staff, sessional workers, volunteers and a board of directors. The Training Cave has a huge impact on its local community in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Episode 203 of The Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast features Jack Sunderland, a former professional boxer, currently a boxing coach and entrepreneur. Jack goes on to tell me all about the mental and physical challenges that come with the boxing. We also talk about how he helps the local community in West Yorkshire with the social enterprise, The Training Cave, that he founded and runs from a boxing gym in Batley, near Leeds.  We talk about nerves, different psychological challenges that boxers come up against, the difficulties a build up to a fight causes and much more.

Key Learning Points:

  • The benefits of taking part in boxing include; increased confidence and self-esteem, self-discipline, and resilience.
  • To get to the top of the sport it requires a lot of dedication and commitment, you have to be selfish with your time and your life.
  • Breaks are important after training intensely for fights.
  • Preparing yourself physically and mentally for challenges and difficulties is hugely important in combat sports.
  • Be careful how much attention you pay your opponent.

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Helpful Podcast Episodes

Ep 065 Amy Izycky – Encouraging Mentally Healthy Cultures in Sport

Ep 081: Stuart Wade – Mental Toughness in Combat Sports

Ep 083: Billy Schwer – Life Lessons from a World Champion Boxer 

Other Useful Resources

Blog – Do you focus too much on your opponent before or during a boxing match?

Blog – How to Quieten the Mind when Fighting

Blog – 3 Ways to use Visualisation so that You are Mentally Prepared to Win



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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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