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International Association of Boxing and Kickboxing New Stars provides boxing coaching for everyone.
Zapolsky Dmitry Petrovich is the president of the International Association of Boxing and Kickboxing "New Stars" and head coach. Master of sports in boxing, the promoter organized five professional fights, organized more than 150 amateur tournaments, prepared 10 champions in amateur boxing. He has more than 25 years experience in boxing and kickboxing, spent more than 150 duels for boxing career with 140 wins.
from Netherlands, October 2021
"I would recommend this camp for everyone!"
I really enjoyed my time in Kyiv. The training was great, it was very technical and I have learnt a lot during my time here. The city is very interesting and beautiful. Dmitry is an amazing person and really made me enjoy my stay here. I would recommend this camp for everyone for all levels regardless of experience. Thanks for everything!
from Faroe Islands, October 2021
"It was even better than I expected. "
I learned more in 9 days working with Dmitry than I have learned in almost 2 years, and had a lot of fun doing so.
If you are thinking about going, go! You will be a better boxer after working with Dmitry.
I get frustrated SO easy and have the memory of a goldfish (7 seconds) so I am really glad Dmitry is so patient, an awesome coach and just a very nice guy to work with,we had a lot of fun together.
from Switzerland, September 2021
"Intense and rewarding training camp. Great coach."
I spent a great time at the training camp in Kiev. First of all, Dmitry was extremely helpful during the whole stay. He got from the airport to the hotel, showed me the boxing gym and we could then start right away with the first training. As a hobby boxer who trained for a few years but then stopped for quite a while, Dmitry could easily spot my weaknesses so that we could work on those. As I am a southpaw, Dmitry tailored the whole training to focus on techniques and tactics for southpaws. He also considered the fact that I am 33 and no longer in the greatest shape to consistently adapt the intensity and workload of the individual trainings. I felt like I was always training at a high intensity but not too much for me to handle. Also Dmitry constantly gives Feedback. He will not let slide mistakes! For me I really appreciated this dedication. When I got too focused and tense during the training Dmitry also made sure to make a joke or ask a few questions about my home country to relax the situation. To sum things up, I could really feel Dmitry's experience and dedication and he helped immensely in getting rid of some weaknesses and remind me of the best approach to fight as a southpaw.
Regarding the rest of the stay, I personally loved both the accommodation and the food.
Thanks again Dmitry, for the great experience!
from Great Britain, February 2020
"Am amazing, unique experience with a purpose"
I want to start by expressing my gratitude to Dmitry especially and everyone at Puncher boxing gym for making me feel so welcome in a foreign place. The gym facilities which are only a 10 minute walk from the accommodation, are spotless clean and the atmosphere is full of positive, eager to learn energy. Within a few minutes of shadowboxing, Dmitry could immediately see I had troubles with my footwork and movement while creating combinations so this become the main focus of the camp. The camp was highly technical and there were times were I felt pressured not understanding, but with Dmitry's vast, in depth knowledge and superb eye for detail, he was able to constantly give me constructive criticism on how to improve. I definitely feel my boxing ability has been heightened thanks to Dmitry. On a side note, the food at the hotel was not only tasty, but filling and very cheap. There is a language barrier but in my opinion this makes the experience even more interesting. I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to improve their boxing and simultaneously wanting an unforgettable experience. Thank you again Dmitry and Puncher boxing.
from Switzerland, November 2019
"Making my dream come true"
When I started thinking about boxing training in Kiew, I wasn't sure if this was possible for me as a Girl & alone & on my level… As soon as I arrived, Dimitry picked me up at the Airport and did everything possible to make me feel comfortable & save. He took a lot of time to show me the modern & nice equiped Boxing-Gym, the Area (my daily-walk to the Gym) and even showed me 2 Hotels, to pick the one, I felt more @home. He cared about knowing I was fine, and I could Whatsup him anytime, if there was a matter. For training, we worked in the morning & evening one to one. Dimitry can see exactly your weakness and has many exercices to improve. He payed special attention to my coordination, balance, flexibility and to get me less cramped. Then we worked very basic and technical. For me it was sometimes difficult & hard, because I am not used to split all the moves so detailed into pieces. But it was the right thing and I think I learned a lot, that now @home I try out in easy Sparrings. I already noticed that his techniques of defence are very useful for me. So Dimitry takes a lot of time and patience to work with you! His english is very good and he knows many ways to make you understand the correlation in movements. You work concentrated but there is also space for a joke. This Camp was much better than I ever expected. Kiew is a stunning City with friendly people, great places & good food. I recommend this to everybody who is serious about boxing and I would <3 to be back!
from Great Britain, September 2019
"excellent camp for improving skills and techniques!"
The time in Kiev was a great experience in my preparation for next fight. One week full of fresh challenges, much technical contents and hard work.
We adopt completely new methods for my agility in classes.
The coach explained the physiques and the anatomic in boxing directly with tasks.
The program of Dmitry reflects the broad
spectrum of scientific approaches in sport medicine especially in boxing.
Because of improved coordination and new technical knowledge i reached a higher level in my personal skills in boxing.
Dmitry is a very kindful person and fits the training methods to the experiences of the different students. I often remember the words of my coach in my classes in Germany. He was a very good mentor with an wide range of knowledge in sports. I recommend this boxing classes everyone who wants to get more knowledge in boxing and get a new level for them own development.
from Spain, September 2019
"Privilege to train in a country that has high level boxers. "
I found Dmitry to be a great teacher who was willing to work at my pace, yet push me forward when necessary.
I was taught a useful skill set and fighting strategy. Also, some drills and exercises were taught to improve balance and overall mechanics of transferring weight for punches, movement and slips (something that I couldn’t do before the camp).
from Germany, June 2019
"Great first Boxing experience for me as a total beginner"
Dimitri trained me starting from 0 with huge patience. He has a great competency not only for Boxing but also everything else involved in healthy lifestyle and sport due to his university background. The goals to teach me some basic steps of Boxing here totally fulfilled, I could get a good feeling of this sport and am highly motivated to continue it - and even add one more trip to Kiev, if everything works out smooth.
Every day, the trainer asked my for any troubles in my body, how I like the training progress, and whether we shall continue with his intended tasks or change something. I personally found the expectations very high for me and thus asked several times for a slow-down, which we managed quite well. So, I feel that the training content was a good compromise for both of us.
The hotel was in walking distance to the club, which is super convenient due to 2 trainings a day in the morning and evening. Still, only 10 min. walk to the subway and another 10 min ride into Kiev center are great for an easy visit to the city, which is simply gorgeous. I cannot describe the beauty of the city of Kiev, the friendliness of people and the Yammie Ukrainian food in words. Altogether it summer up to a wonderful week for me.
from Belgium, May 2019
"Kiev, the city that breaths boxing. Dmitry the lungs"
Besides the boxing I liked that Dmitry does everything to make you feel welcome and truly at home. Not only was he my trainer during my 8-day stayover but also a good guide, translator and excellent host. Trainings were very technical for me so he reduced the input to make sure that what I had to learn was almost perfect if not, perfect! He showed alot of patience with me if things were not going right. I learned many things and I have still many things to learn so I'm definitely coming back! The club is very professional as for the coaches their knowledge of boxing. Even tho Dmitry is in he's 50's I'm sure he would win alot of fights if he would enter competition :D
from Great Britain, May 2019
"Boxing lessons in Kiev "
Dmitry was a excellent coach, he is a perfectionist and makes sure you get it right, he organises sparring and makes sure to break it down so you can learn what he teaches. He tailors the workouts to work on your weaknesses ( I’m a southpaul so he made sure I moved to the right and taught me how to use fakes)
I booked 10 lessons, I did one in the morning (technique work) and sparring in the evening.
from Austria, February 2019
"One of the best experiences I ever did.!"
I spent 5 days in Kiew and it was definitely worth every cent. No matter on witch level you are in boxing, it will improve your skills dramatically. Dmitry is a well experienced trainer and his attention to detail is amazing. After the first lesson, he will outwork your weaknesses in your fighting style. We did a lot of footwork, coordination, balance and worked on creating power without wasting energy. He will work with you until you get it right, then it gets always more advanced. Dmitry also recorded videos to show me my mistakes, which definitely helped me a lot. The camp is extremely technical and it will get hard for sure. I had to concentrate a lot during the lessons to make it right. We trained twice a day and during the day i went to the centre of Kiew to check some stuffs. Once I was together in the city with Dmitry and he showed me interesting places and explained me about the past. Evenings were mostly easy and after dinner i was tired, so forget about party every night in Kiew.
The food was tasty and cheap, very good for people who are doing sports because you will always find meat, vegetables, salads, rice/potatoes on the menu. The centre of the city is very beautiful with lots of interesting architecture. If you go, learn a few words Ukrainian, because not so many people spoke English, but if you try people will understand you and know what you want. So if you think about it, just go there and get coached, it will definitely pay off. I had a great time.
from Great Britain, January 2019
"Excellent city, great technical camp"
About the city: 10/10
When I first thought about going on this boxing camp, I was a bit weary as Ukraine does not have the image of being the safest place to travel. However those fears were quickly washed away and by the end of the camp I came to truly love the city. The city is beautiful with many historic monuments, parks and great shops, restaurants. At least for me, I did not feel in danger at all and the people who I encountered were all very friendly.
About the Food: 10/10
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food in Kiev. From the European nations I visited I would rate the quality of food in Ukraine to be one of the best. (100 times better than London for sure in terms of value for money!)
About the Gym: 10/10
The gym is in a very convenient location, near the hotel and near many restaurants and a major shopping mall. It is clean and has numerous equipment to work with.
About the Training: 9/10
The trainer Dmitry is a very diligent and sincere guy. He is always on time and genuinely wants you to improve. This is not a typical boxing bootcamp with focus on fitness, you must be warned that the training is very technical and there are difficult times but it will definitely help you improve your boxing.
from Great Britain, December 2018
The training was very good. Dmitry the trainer was extremely patient and had a huge range of exercises and techniques to iron out weaknesses.
from Sweden, November 2018
"An amazing experience "
Dmitry is a great instructor and a very fun guy to train with. His attention to detail and boxing knowledge is incredible, and he is always finding new metaphors and ways to bring the science behind what you're trying to achieve to life. The course is incredibly technical, which is exactly what I wanted, and over the 6 days, I really saw great improvements and fluency in my boxing. If you go for the 4* hotel option you're in for a decent hotel, the staff there were super helpful and always going out their way to help. It was a hugely enjoyable experience, made all the more by Dmitry's friendly and fun attitude to the week.