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Dave's Multisports Boxing and Kickboxing Club
Inside of Dave's Multisports Club

ABOUT THE CLUB

Our classes are open to all skill and fitness levels, so come and join in, get fit, and have fun!

Founded in 1991, Dave's Multisports Club (DMC) is a non-profit sports club based out of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The club is owned and operated by David Penny, a coach with over 40 years of coaching experience. Over the past few years, under the guidance of David, our coaching team has grown – we now have seven coaches and a qualified boxing judge. We also currently have boxers in the competitive circuit.

our vision

To foster a thriving boxing community in Bridgewater, where all individuals can pursue their passion for the sport and achieve their fitness goals.

our mission

To cultivate top-quality boxers within a vibrant and inclusive community and to promote boxing as an empowering form of exercise for all. Our commitment to excellence, inclusivity, tradition, and integrity drives us to uphold the spirit of boxing in Bridgewater.

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our values

Community: We prioritize community engagement and support, partnering with local businesses, and creating a welcoming space for everyone.

Excellence: We strive for excellence in our training programs and athlete development, ensuring that every member receives top-quality instruction and support.

Inclusivity: We embrace diversity and welcome individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels, fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

Tradition: We honour the rich tradition of boxing while innovating to meet the evolving needs of our community, preserving the sport's legacy for future generations.

Integrity: We conduct ourselves with honesty, respect, and integrity, both inside and outside the ring, embodying the values of sportsmanship and fair play.

CODE OF ETHICS

Show up on time
No swearing
No gum, drugs, or alcohol
Respect your peers
Leave your attitude at the door
Control your anger
No fighting outside the club

Graidy Swinimer sparring at Dave's Multisports
David Penny

Attitude is everything.

I am often asked about the different levels of boxing at the club, but the reality is there are no levels - just attitude.

Attitude is what you bring to the class. Hatred, a chip on your shoulder, anger, prejudice, criticism... leave those at the door. 

Attitude is the difference between confidence and over-confidence, between shyness and boasting, and between idleness and action.

A positive attitude is the foundation. It does not apply just to how you act or present yourself in the gym; it should reflect your goals and your motivation. 

- Dave

A BRIEF HISTORY

OF AMATEUR BOXING

Boxing is one of the oldest sports, dating back to the 23rd Olympiad in 688 BCE. Amateur boxing is now an organized sport, affiliated with the International Boxing Association (IBA), in over 150 countries, and is performed in more countries than any other sport except track and field.

Modern Olympic boxing evolved in 1904, and boxers continued to participate in all modern Olympic Games except in 1912.

During the first decades, the USA and Great Britain dominated the gold medals, with Italy, South Africa, Argentina, and Canada following. In 1960, Eastern European countries, led by the USSR, and later, East Germany, became international boxing powers. In 1970, Cuba began to ascend to the top of the world in boxing, a position it still holds.

Today, Kazakhstan, Cuba, and the USA are considered to have the world's top amateur boxers.

Vintage boxing gloves

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

CAMREN FLECK

Boxing (Cardio)

Dave's Multisports has been a big part of my fitness regime for years. A great stress reliever is just the start. I show up there in a sour mood and leave with a smile. Dave's professionalism is not found at any gym that I have been to before. It's always something different and always fun. You don't have to be an expert there, you just need to show up!

SKYLER DAGLEY

Boxing (Traditional)

Dave and everyone in the gym have taught me many things - not just in boxing but in life as well. I am very grateful for who I have become since I started boxing and I highly recommend it to anyone is wanting a new challenge and craving a new goal in life. 

BRIDGETT MORGAN

Boxing (Stress Reliever), Personal Training

I LOVE the GREAT cardio I get from my Boxing classes! Not only does my body get a fabulous workout, but learning the combos & proper techniques really engages the brain. As a senior citizen, it is essential to keep learning new things & to stay active! There is a true community feel at the gym, and everyone is very encouraging. If you haven't tried boxing yet, I think you should!

KARLA GREGORY

Boxing (Stress Reliever)

I have tried so many different exercises, clubs and activities over the years but I have never stuck with one - until Dave started a stress-relief boxing class. Dave and his coaches lead each class with the good humour and motivation that makes you laugh and sweat at the same time. Dave is a master at making every single person, no matter their skill level, feel like they are getting individual attention and the workout they need. I have never left a class without a smile on my face.

  • How do I pay my monthly fees?
    To make paying your monthly fees a breeze, we've introduced automated billing through PushPress. Simply complete the online form, and you'll be set up for automatic monthly charges starting on the 1st of each month.
  • How safe is amateur boxing?
    Most negative publicity and perception around boxing centres around professional boxing, which is much different from amateur boxing. The safety of amateur boxing is well-documented. In fact, boxing is less injury-prone than hockey, football, baseball, and skiing. Officials in the sport of boxing are very skilled and strict. They do not hesitate to stop a fight and are dedicated to observing all the regulations in place for the safety of the amateur boxer. Just like almost any other sport, follow the rules, listen to your coach, and pay attention to your form to avoid injury. Read more about the safety of amateur boxing.
  • What if I can't pay my child's fees?
    DMC is a registered club with Boxing Nova Scotia. Our students are eligible to apply for grants that help kids pay for sports programs, including Jumpstart, PRO Kids Lunenburg, and KidSport Nova Scotia. If you need assistance with your DMC membership fees, talk to one of our coaches.
  • Why boxing?
    Boxing provides an excellent upper body workout, building power, agility, and coordination. Amateur boxers enjoy the sport because it teaches self-discipline, instils self-confidence, encourages good citizenship, and promotes physical fitness and athletic skills.
  • Am I too old for boxing?
    The great thing about boxing is anyone can try it, regardless of their level, ability, or age. Boxing provides a great physical workout, burning over 500 calories per hour, building muscle, developing stamina and endurance, and boosting metabolism. It also requires 100% mental concentration, stimulating your brain and providing new challenges. If you have any concerns about whether boxing is right for you, contact us to arrange a free introductory tour and to discuss any concerns you may have.
  • Can I start any time?
    Yes! We are always accepting new members. If you join partway through the month, we will prorate your fees accordingly. Contact us directly when you are ready to join.
  • How do I know if boxing or kickboxing are right for me?
    Most of our classes are designed to accommodate all fitness levels. If you are interested in trying, we recommend you contact us to arrange a free introductory tour where you can visit the gym, ask any questions you might have, and try out a few exercises in a safe, one-on-one situation. To arrange an introductory tour, contact us directly.
  • Do you have classes for children?
    We currently offer two classes specifically for children and youth. Our Little Champs class is for children aged 7 to 10, and our Youth Boxing class is for those aged 11 to 18. Our Traditional Boxing class welcomes children aged 7 and older; however, for participants under the age of 13, we have an additional step to ensure they are ready for the demands of the class: they must either have prior experience in our Little Champs or Youth Boxing programs, or undergo a one-on-one assessment with a coach. Visit our Classes page for more information.
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