Re: boxing gym question
Some coaches throw you in there right away, some wait until they think you're ready. Once you're in there, some of the experienced guys will go easy on you because they know you're new, some will go to town on you.
I just started a new gym. I have off and on boxing experience. I step slightly to the left, short right hand to the face'd the shit out of someone who thought I didn't know what I was doing they other day...