RMC Sports and at West Point, All Cadets Must Learn to Take a Punch

 RMC Sports and at West Point, All Cadets Must Learn to Take a Punch

 

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(M) Hockey

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Fri 3 Nov – RMC 0 @ McGill 6

Sat 4 Nov – RMC @ Concordia

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Fri 10 Nov – UQTR @ RMC – @ Constantine Arena 7:00 PM

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(M) Volleyball

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Sat 4 Nov York 3  RMC 2

Sun 5 Nov Nipissing 3 RMC 0

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Fri 10 Nov Waterloo @ RMC @ Kingston Military Community Sports Centre 8:00 PM

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(W) Volleyball

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Sat 4 Nov York 3 RMC 0

Sun 5 Nov Nipissing 3 RMC 2

Upcoming games:

Fri 10 Nov Waterloo @ RMC @ Kingston Military Community Sports Centre 6:00 PM

Sat 11 Nov Guelph @ RMC @ Kingston Military Community Sports Centre 6:00 PM

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West Point

At West Point, All Cadets Must Learn to Take a Punch
Boxing is a tradition at the U.S. Military Academy. Last year, female cadets were required to get in the ring

Article by: Stephen Nakrosis – Article first appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Oct 28, 2017

Photo: Meredith Heuer for The Wall Street Journal

On the grass fields at the U.S. Military Academy, cadets with rifles crawl across the turf while instructors bark orders. Inside a sweaty gym here, a plebe, or first-year cadet, is working on her left hook.

All 4,000-plus cadets at West Point are held to strict academic standards and are expected, at all times, to behave in a manner befitting future officers in the U.S. Army.

They also have to learn how to box.

Since early in the last century, following a suggestion by President Theodore Roosevelt, boxing has been taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point. Last year, for the first time since female cadets were admitted in 1976, boxing classes became mandatory for cadets of both sexes.

The West Point boxing team has won eight National Collegiate Boxing Association championships for men during the past 10 years. Both West
Point’s men’s and women’s teams earned national championships last year.

Boyd Melson, Class of 2003, boxed on the West Point team, won the World Military Boxing Championship in 2004, was chosen as an alternate for the
U.S. Olympic team and later compiled a 15-2-1 record as a professional boxer.

The boxing program “helps you learn who you are,” said Mr. Melson, who is now running for Congress from New York. “Those lessons are priceless. When people ask what I learned from West Point, I say how not to get overwhelmed.”

Ray Barone, the coach of the West Point collegiate boxing team, said boxing allowed the instructors to “take a person, put them in a fearful situation and try to see how they react.”
The initial lessons take students through the protocol of preparing to enter the ring. They learn how to protect their hands with wraps, how to properly
use headgear and mouth guards and how to stand and move in the ring.

Students are matched by size, skill and experience.

“In class, it is crawl, walk, run,” he said. Students are taught “how to move, how to throw and defend a jab. Once these skills are learned, other more
advanced offensive and defensive techniques are taught in the same crawl, walk, run fashion.”

When students are finally allowed to enter the ring, they are given “rules of engagement,” Mr. Barone said. There are limits to the number of power
punches which can be thrown to the head, for instance.

The students are required to fight. They move around the ring, hands held high, throwing jabs and working to avoid being hit in return. The room
echoes as cadets yell advice to their classmates in the ring.

“Throw the jab.”

“Move your head.”

“Push him back. Push him back.”

At the end of the fight, cadets applaud both the winner and the loser.

First-year cadet Joe Canterbury, who had boxed as a high-school student in Texas, said cadets were taught “how to fight and not just brawl.”
His classmate Issac Cunalata said “It’s incredible how they take us from zero knowledge and bring us up to graded bouts.”

Mr. Barone said the health and safety of the students takes priority over everything else. “We bring them along slowly,” he said. “We don’t throw them
off the deep end.”

West Point is a member of the CARE Consortium, a Defense Department and National Collegiate Athletic Association alliance working to study and
mitigate concussions in sports.

Col. Nicholas Gist, head of the physical-education department at West Point, said “We acknowledge the risks inherent in boxing. And we have means to mitigate those risks.”

Richelle Radcliff, a senior cadet and a co-captain of the women’s boxing team, said she was excited the boxing program was open to women. Boxing teaches “fast decision-making skills, what you need when you’re an officer,” she said.

Ms. Radcliff said her mother, who played field hockey in Cuba, accepted the fact that she was on the boxing team. But Ms. Radcliff said her grandmother would tell her, “Pretty ladies don’t box.”

Egbezien Obiomon, co-captain of the men’s team, said he was recruited to play football at West Point but had to leave the football team after he injured his hamstring. He said his instructors noticed he did well in the boxing class and invited him to join the team.

Although he was a football recruit, he said his parents have no qualms about his boxing career. “They wished I’d picked a different sport at first,” he said, but they became OK with his choice “after I won the nationals in my sophomore year.”

The West Point boxing team has won eight National Collegiate Boxing Association championships for men during the past 10 years. Both West
Point’s men’s and women’s teams earned national championships last year.

Photo: Meredith Heuer for The Wall Street Journal