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who we are & what we do
ICOR is not your run-of-the mill fitness boxing gym. ICOR Boxing is Iowa City's longest operating USA Boxing registered amateur boxing club. We are fully accredited and insured. Since ICOR's inception, our competition team members have won well over 30 state, regional, national, and international championships. We have also helped hundreds of people learn the Sweet Science and other disciplines, while getting in shape and gaining confidence.
Even though the vast majority of our members do not compete, we teach boxing and other disciplines as if we were preparing you to fight in the ring. Classes are highly focused on teaching proper technique. Unlike other fitness boxing gyms, you will learn precise offense, defense, and footwork all while getting a great workout. We will not just yell at you while you flail your arms and legs at the bags in a desperate attempt to "burn calories" while risking injury due to inadequate technique. We are not that gym.
What can you expect at ICOR? Expect to be challenged. Expect to be pushed. Expect to learn how to actually box and even fight, if that is your desire. If you don't want to spar, that is okay too. We do not force anyone to do anything they're not comfortable with. We also won't just throw you in the deep end and expect you to swim on your first day. If you would like to try sparring, first we'll put you in there with a more experienced partner who is 100% on the defense. That will give you the opportunity to hit a human moving target, which is much more difficult than hitting the heavy bag. After you get comfortable with that, we'll slowly start to increase the challenge in a controlled manner. You could do body-only sparring, or you spar with the jab only, for instance. It is natural to be nervous about sparring, however, we have found that many of our members who started with no intention to ever get in the ring now enjoy the challenge of sparring. You will never know what you are capable of if you don't try!
ICOR operates as both a for-profit martial arts gym and as a non-profit amateur boxing club. Our non-profit arm helps fund our amateur competition team and offers scholarships to low-income youths, ages 5 through senior in high school, who qualify based on their family's eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches. For qualifying individuals, monthly dues will be only $20 per month. Availability is limited in our scholarship program, so scholarship recipients are required to attend classes at least twice weekly to make sure our limited resources are available to other eligible students who wish to participate. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I want to compete as a boxer, can I do that at your gym?
A: Yes. We have a competition team. You can join our competition team when you meet our attendance, fitness, and skills standards.
Q: I only want to practice one sport, is there a discounted membership price for that?
A: No. The price is the same whether or not you take one or all of our classes.
Q: I have a neck/head/back, etc. injury and can't spar, do I have to spar in the boxing and Muay Thai classes?
A: No. You can skip our sparring days and if you let the instructor know about your limitations, we can make any necessary modifications for you to participate in our regular classes.
Q: Can my X-year old son/daughter box?
A: We have a Little Bugs class for kids aged 5 to 7 years old. We also have our youth boxing program, which currently accepts children 8 - 12 years old. Children aged 13 and older are invited to attend our adult classes and our Jr. High and High School class. The youngest USA Boxing allows kids to compete is 8 years old.
Q: I'm only in town for a month and your regular membership is for 3 months, can I purchase one month only?
A: Yes, you can purchase a one-month only membership for $175
Q: I'm only in town for a few days/few weeks, can I pay by the day or week?
A: You can purchase a day pass for $35 or a week pass for $75.
Q: I'm brand new to boxing but I can't make it to Boxing I, can I start in Boxing II?
A: Yes. While Boxing II moves at a faster pace than Boxing I, it is still suitable for most beginners.
Q: I'm interested in becoming a member, but am not sure if ICOR is right for me, do you have a free trial?
A: Yes. We let you try one day of classes for free before signing up for a membership. TRIAL DAY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID
Q: I can only make it to class a few times per week, is there a reduced membership fee I can pay?
A: No, but there are other ways to get discounts. The longer the contract you sign up for, the lower the monthly dues. If you use your bank account instead of a debit or credit card, you will save $10 per month. Also, you will receive $10 per month off your dues for every member you refer to us that signs up for as long as they are a member.