Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali, Thank you for the shoeshine

Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali, Thank you for the shoeshine
Other than being the three-time Boxing Heavyweight of the World, Muhammad Ali is famous for so many things.  Today, is his birthday day. His unorthodox pugilistic style combined dazzling footwork with hand speed. Ali died at age 74. He had magnetic energy and inspired so many outside the boxing community. For this entire week, my... Read more »

SECRETS TO A BETTER BOXING WORKOUT

SECRETS TO A BETTER BOXING WORKOUT
I have written on boxing many times as one of the greatest and most rewarding workouts.   Lately, I have been fortunate to work with many beginners at my west loop gym. They leave class loving how boxing makes them feel, but they want to know how to get even more out of their boxing workout.... Read more »

10 Things I Want You to Know About Active Shooter Defense Training

10 Things I Want You to Know About Active Shooter Defense Training
It is time for America to become better prepared for the crisis of an active killer incident.  Truth is, I have more to say about the topic of active killer defense training then my 10 comments below– but since I revisit this topic often, I will try to keep it brief today. Active Killer Defense... Read more »
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My Best Muhammad Ali Collectibles from Childhood

At the age of 10, I was a ballet-dancing, martial arty, boxing lover who read comic books.  At 44, I am still into the same stuff.   I began collecting boxing memorabilia around the age of 10.  Both Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard memorized me.   My mother was almost as big a fan and she... Read more »

3 Great Boxing Footwork Drills

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Boxing is the bomb!  It is an amazing workout and it offers brilliant stress relief.  Chicago offers so many places to take boxing fitness classes.  There are many things you can expect from a great boxing class: Learning the proper technique for punching will provide you with a rush of confidence. You will know immediately... Read more »

20 Chicagoans Explain Why You Should Take Active Shooter Training

I hosted a very comprehensive and needed Active Shooter Training workshop at my gym in Chicago’s West Loop this past weekend.  64 active shooter events over the past 13 years in America has led many Chicagoans to prioritize the need for training.  I remember several public shooter events when I was younger; in particular, The... Read more »
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3 Reasons You Need Active Shooter Defense Training

1,043 people have been killed or wounded during active shooters incidents in the past 13 years.  According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, “an active shooter incident refers to a person actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area and in most cases these active shooters... Read more »

What is Self-Defense & Does it work?

What is Self-Defense & Does it work?
 Self-Defense Training The term self-defense gets a bad rap.  Over the decades, many martial arts have used this term to build the confidence of its students so they will practice their art with determination and commitment.  However, not all martial arts are dedicated purposely to only self-defense; but almost all martial arts offer a skill(s)... Read more »

How to throw a boxer's hook

How to throw a boxer's hook
The boxer’s hook is the prettiest punch in boxing. Yes! Pretty!  Not pretty like a flower, but pretty as in poetry in motion.  What makes the left hook (for those who are right-handed) a magical punch is that it is a power punch that sits far closer to the opponent than the right hand.  Certainly,... Read more »
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10 Great Quotes from Boxing

10 Great Quotes from Boxing
“Tough writers can fight.” A statement like that, from any writer, would usually be considered audacious and laughable, but in this case, a writer didn’t say that. Bronx-bred, tough-as-nails-mid-20th century pugilist, Roger Donahue spoke those words. Donahue started his career in the back of a pool hall and went 25 for 27 as a pro. ... Read more »