I know that boxing needs to be learned with another person in front of me. I cannot learn wrestling, tennis, basketball or any other human on human sport without a partner. Why would I think that boxing, with so many additional risks, would be any different. Getting to a gym with a reputable coach and challenging teammates is obviously option #1. But what if that isn't available, what's option #2? question for the wanna-be WITHOUT a gym: What if you had drilling/spar mates (friends, family, etc), but not the resources? What would you want to learn? question for the boxer WITH a real gym: what are some of the topics/experiences you've had that you are grateful for, especially in the beginning (I'm more interested in the "what" and then later we'll figure out the "how")? it's a pretty open ended question with no wrong answer. your experience is your experience (ex. "i like my coach made me practice only the jab/footwork/some other skill/etc for a month", "my gym is around the corner from my house", "my teammates give me a healthy challenge", etc). Thanks!