German Doctor Continues Boxing After His Coach’s Untimely Passing

Check out this clip of The Arena’s long time friend Hans from Munich, Germany. Hans has been making his yearly trip to San Diego to train Boxing with us going on more than five years now.


Hi, I’m Hans from Munich, Germany and I come to San Diego now for more than 20 years, mainly for surfing but then I found that beautiful gym here and got in touch with Lucky. He was my first teacher and so he introduced me to boxing. Unfortunately, Lucky passed away. I met Joe, who’s the head of the boxing team here. It’s always a great spirit to work with him and to get some Mexican tricks for boxing. I enjoy that very much.

Coach Joe Vargas:
When I first came to The Arena, Hans showed up to the gym not knowing that the coach that was here before I got here, Lucky, he had passed away. He showed up and asked me for private training. Honestly, I don’t really ever do private training, not because I don’t want to, I just don’t have time. Then he started speaking to me, I realized he was from Germany and he would come all the way from Germany to come train here at The Arena. I was like, “I’ll work with you, man.” I worked with him four days and then he’s told me he’d be back the next year. I wanted to tell him no but he said, “I’ll be back next year.”

Time goes, I forgot about him. He showed up right on time again. I think it’s going on five years working out with him already. I try to wear him out, he don’t get tired. We’ll do 10, 12 rounds. I push him even more than that at a fast pace. It’s been a pleasure working with him and I look forward to him coming every year around Christmas.

The first day he got here, I was yelling at him, “Hey, calm down. Relax.”

To The Arena, it’s now six years that I come here. Every winter, I take my winter break and come over here, mainly to go boxing and do a lot of sports here in that beautiful area.

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