Boxing Skills Foundation Course

The Essential Boxing Basics for Beginners

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Total Boxer® Boxing Skills Foundation Course

Taken straight from our award-winning club floors, the Total Boxer® Boxing Skills Foundation Course includes the essential building blocks our coaches have used since 2012 to guide 1000s of boxing beginners, fitness enthusiasts and personal trainers.

Benefits of this Course

Developed with years of collective coaching knowledge and experience, the benefit of taking this course means you will be able to train, and potentially teach, safely and effectively in one of the most fun, challenging and increasingly popular training systems available today.

Whether you want to get in the best shape of your life, improve your boxing knowledge and skills as a fitness coach or become a certified boxing coach and instruct Total Boxer®, HIIB® or BoxingYoga™ systems, this Boxing Skills Foundation Course will give you the perfect start.

Features of this course also include:

  • Unlimited lifetime access to this course and training material
  • Study and practice at your own pace anywhere in the world
  • Access the course on any device or platform
  • Strong training foundation and career prospects

Course Content

With video guidance from Total Boxer® founder and England Boxing Coach, Matt Garcia, you will learn essential basic boxing skills - something we call the TechCheck™. You will discover and practise how to stand, move, defend with head movement, hands and footwork and, of course, throw punches from singles to combinations.

Using clear, easy to follow instructions, you can follow Matt in the comfort of your own home or at the gym, by yourself or with a partner. No equipment is required and there is no contact or physical impact.

The supporting comprehensive PDF course manuals produced by Total Boxer® Head Coach, Deniz Ates, contains detailed text, photos and diagrams to help build your understanding and be used as a reference throughout your boxing journey.

You will also learn about boxing history, boxing rules, common boxing errors and how to correct them, combination punching drills, shadow boxing drills, the importance of nutrition, breathing technique and more.

Sections include:

  • Boxing Knowledge: History, Rules and more
  • Boxing Skills: Stance
  • Boxing Skills: Punches
  • Boxing Skills: Defence
  • Boxing Skills: Footwork
  • The TechCheck
  • Boxing Training Essentials: Workout, Equipment and more
  • Boxer Essentials: Nutrition, Breathing and more

At the end of each section you'll have the chance to take a Test Your Knowledge quiz.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course you you have the perfect foundation to continue on to the training phase of your boxing journey. You will be able to explain and demonstrate the TechCheck - fundamental boxing techniques including the ability to stand, move, punch and defend as a boxer with head movement, hands and footwork.

This course is also the required first stage to becoming a fully qualified Total Boxer®, HIIB® or BoxingYoga™ Coach and entitle you to enrol in these endorsed programmes.

Study & Practice

This course can be studied entirely online. We recommend taking your time to study the manual, practice each discipline and being patient in your development to allow for self-reflection and improvement.

Recommended study and practice time - 40 hours minimum.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning the essential skills required to train and potentially teach boxing.

Course Pre-Requisites

There are no pre-requisites to enrolling in this course. Anyone 16 years or older interested in learning boxing can enrol.


This course is endorsed by EMD UK - The National Governing Body for Group Exercise and recognised by REPs, awarding 2 CPD points.

Assessment Requirements

To pass this course and receive the Boxing Skills Foundation Course certificate you need to complete two assessment tasks;

  • Perform a Self TechCheck
  • Coach a TechCheck

All the instruction and guidance for passing the assessment is contained in the training manual.

After Certification

On successful completion of this course you are entitled to;

  • Continue your boxing training journey, safe in the knowledge you have received an outstanding education by one of the most experienced and renowned boxing clubs in the world, giving you a well-earned and solid understanding of essential boxing fundamentals.
  • Continue your education and pursue a career in boxing instruction by enroling in endorsed Total Boxer coaching programmes including HIIB, BoxingYoga and others.

Funding Support

As this course is endorsed by EMD UK if you are a UK citizen you could get up to £125 towards the course fee from their Open Bursary scheme. To get the funding you MUST first apply for it through EMD UK, and then enrol in this course.

For more information, to check if you qualify and apply for funding support - click here.

Total Boxer®

Your Instructor

Matt Garcia
Matt Garcia

An England Boxing Coach with over 20 years experience, in 2011 Matt pursued his dream of bringing the thrill of real boxing training to everyone in a safe and supportive environment and establishedTotal Boxer® - the UK's first boutique boxing club.

Matt conceived and developed now world-famous training systems, including Get Fit Not Hit®, BoxingYoga™ and HIIB® - leading to Total Boxer receiving the prestigious MINDBODY Visionary Award.

Voted Best Boxing Club in North London and called ‘one of London’s elite clubs’ by Vogue, in 2018 Matt guided the club to affiliation with England Boxing and established the Total Boxer Amateurs competitive division.

Matt's relentless passion for innovation led to Total Boxer in 2019 becoming the first boxing club in the UK to provide real-time punch tracking technology in classes.

Also in 2019, Matt set-up Total Boxer® Academy, an online instructor training facility to support the demand for Total Boxer® class coaching certifications.


Course Curriculum

  Boxing Knowledge
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  Boxing Skills: Stance
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  Boxing Skills: Footwork
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  The TechCheck™
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  Boxing Training: An Introduction
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  Boxer Essentials
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us and tell us why.