Academy of Boxing Coach
The Australian Academy of Boxing Coach is Dereck Herbert who has
participated in boxing orientated sports and fitness for over 45
years. Dereck provides us with his experience, knowledge and
insights regarding techniques and skills that enhance performance.
Whether you are just starting out or have had many years of previous
experience the step by step basic, intermediate, and advanced
information, video clips, and equipment advice will help guide your
own personal sports and fitness journey.
Dereck swapped his competition
gloves for trainers garb in 1976 gaining wider boxing experience
over the years with stints as Coach//Manager of the Victorian State
Boxing Team, Australian National Coaching Executive Officer, Judge
and Referee. In 1990 he founded the Australian Academy of Boxing,
where Boxacise® was born, to provide Boxing and
Boxacise(Boxercise) training that has raised the worldwide general
publics awareness to the cross training benefits of boxing
orientated exercise participation.
Academy of Boxing Coach
Sports & Fitness
Dereck Herbert comes from a family
with an extensive background in the sport of Boxing and
personally competed in England and Australia over a period of 13
years. His dad Sidney Herbert was a London amateur champion, his
uncle Will killed in 1915 at the first battle of Ypres in World
War 1 was an Army Boxing Champion of India, and his uncle Joe
not only brought up British Champions Harry and Dicky Corbett
but his son Harry was also a top professional in the 1950's.
In 1970 Harry went to see Dereck box
in a return bout against English International Tony Tacchi after
the ring doctor had put him out of the final of the English ABA
Divisional Championships on a cut eye. Dereck was looking
forward to reversing that result having just come off beating
both English Army finalist Tommy Baker and Irish International
Micky Foley but Tacchi never showed and Harry never saw him box.
Dereck first began boxing in England
and then after moving to Australia boxed on the innaugral 1967
Channel Nine televised Australian Golden Gloves Boxing.
Appearing on the first two Golden Gloves telecasts he took out
the Best Boxer Award on both occasions. The championships
starting shortly after were open to all-comers as a lead up to
the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games and in a vintage year of boxing
Channel Nine flew the best boxers into Melbourne from all over
Dereck received a walkover against
the Tasmanian Champion, beat the Queensland Champion by a
whisker, picked up another Best Boxer Award in out-punching the
Victorian Champion in a Semi-final shoot-out, and then beat
South Australian Champion Tony Smith to win the
All good things come to an end and
Dereck lost on points in the final of the 1968 televised Mexico
Olympic Trials, but as he said to the newspaper reporters a
couple of years later when a cut eye cost him a fighting chance
at the English ABA Crown -
"that's the way the cookie crumbles".
Dereck has coached thousands of participants attending Boxacise®
Level 1 Coach Accreditation Courses, and A.A.B. Golden Gloves Boxing®
-White Collar Boxing® Inter-Club Competition Workshops.