Morzine is a pretty peaceful place to be, but even here combat sports like boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai have started to become a popular way to build strength and get into good shape. Boxing, for example, is a really good full body workout and it is also a sport that sharpens speed and mental awareness; Its pacing is great for developing reflexes. Boxers, kickboxers and martial artists are also famous for being able to get into the minds of the people they are fighting and read them. This can appeal to anyone who values both physical and mental abilities and wants to become stronger in both. Granted, Morzine is not exactly a mecca for this type of sport at all, but I noticed that there has been a little bit of interest recently, so I thought that I would provide some basics for those looking to pick up a pair of boxing gloves and try.
Investing in Gear
One of the things that is really nice regarding sports like boxing is that they generally require only very minimal gear. There are a couple of things most combat sports have in common. Everyone who will actually be fighting in a match must have their own mouth guard and some also require protection for the head. Hand wraps are also essential. And, of course, everyone needs to have a pair of gloves available for many of these. A pair of gloves is essential for giving their wearer support, protection and comfort in a match and in practice. There are many different styles to be aware of depending on how they are sued. For example, boxing gloves used on a bag are different from good Muay Thai sparring gloves.
A bag is pretty much a must to buy when practicing in Morzine as there is not a fully fledged boxing club here (yet). So, if anyone is serious about practicing boxing, kickboxing etc. with any regularity in this area will probably benefit a great deal from having their own heavy bag for practicing regularly. This piece of equipment can really be essential to developing the proper style, and there are different sizes, styles and weights of bags to help in this.
Finding like-minded people
Just because there is not a major scene in Morzine does not necessarily mean that there aren’t some possible options for people interested in learning. Combat sports are very popular in France overall, and we have many champions and major names in the country. So, some of the personal trainers at the local gyms might have the experience to do one-on-one training if they are asked. Also, because Morzine is so convenient to several larger cities, there are some good option for those people who are willing to make a drive every once in a while.
Sports like can be great physical and mental training for the right kind of person, so I hope that this guide is beneficial to people who are interested in it.