An Australian Academy of Boxing
| In 1991 the
Australian Academy of Boxing began registering a Network of
Victorian fitness centres interested in our new Boxacise fitness
service with sessions initially conducted by Academy coaches. At
that time hardly any fitness centre had boxing equipment and
sports stores did not sell speedballs and floor to ceiling balls
although they might have a heavy boxing punch bag in stock if
you were lucky. The normal boxing gymnasium had some heavy punch
bags with an occasional floor to ceiling ball, some skipping
ropes, a medicine ball, and bag gloves. Very rarely could a
boxing gym be found that had a speedball or if they did it
needed to be inflated.
In 1992 the Network of Centres expanded in Victoria with
Boxacise Level 1 Coaching Accreditation Courses and Boxacise
sports competitions commencing.
The Original Academy
Due to the scarcity of equipment the Academy made contact with
a chap called Peter Hickmott who made quality speedballs and
floor to ceiling balls from his backyard under the name Jim
Bradley Speedball Company. This company sold their gear to the
occasional professional runner and football club. Peter came to
the Academy and agreed to make the specific design changes
required for us to on sell into gymnasiums. Peter also began to
make a family of Boxacise punch bags and a 16" floor to
ceiling ball to Academy design specifications. We sold this
equipment into all our registered gymnasiums and today that
quality Australian brand may be found in all corners of the
world. The Academy supplies Speedball Training Tutorial Videos.
|In 1993 Boxacise Centres were opened and
coaching courses conducted in South Australia, Tasmania, and New
|Peter Hickmott sadly passed away in
August 2015 from Mesothelioma having been exposed as a
youngster to asbestos.
In 1994 the first Boxacise Centre was opened in New Zealand and
Queensland with coaching courses conducted.
||In 1996 the first Boxacise Centre was opened
and coaching course conducted in the A.C.T.
|In 1997 the first Boxacise Centre opened
in the Northern Territory.
|In 1998 the first Western Australian
Boxacise Centre opened and coaching accreditation course
|In July 2004 a Boxacise Level 1 Coaching
Accreditation Course was conducted at Bodynamics, Alice Springs
and in September the Australian Academy of Boxing conducted the
one hundred and third course plus numerous workshops at and from
its Golden Gloves Boxing Gymnasium & Conference Centre.
Click for a short video clip of
skilled Floor to Ceiling Ball action.
The Australian Boxacise® trademark was in use and registered
before any derivative came into use, and since the journey began the
Academy has changed the face of the sports and fitness industry not
only in Australia but internationally through our promotion,
coaches, and as other organisations have opted to copy a good thing.
Most sports stores now sell speedballs, floor to ceiling balls,
skipping ropes, bags and gloves and most fitness centres provide
them for their members.
The Academy also provides Video Training Tutorials.
Dereck Herbert and Clyde Everard Sports & Technical Directors
of the Academy at the Australian Sports Expo
Academy of Boxing,
5A Sawyer Street,
Video Training Tutorials,
training, equipment, competition &
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|Tel: 03 5662 0029
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