The Original Kitana Gives 5 Reasons Why Mortal Kombat is Still Popular

As one of the original characters from the Mortal Kombat franchise, I feel honored that the game still renders amazing fanfare. This weekend at the McCormick Center, The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo ( C2E2 ) will feature everything and anything pop culture. With the rebirth of the1990’s, I will join my Mortal Kombat cast... Read more »

6 Amazing Techniques from World Muay Thai Champion Damien Trainor

Damien Trainor, the U.K. Muay Thai legend visited Chicago this past week spreading his muay thai expertise throughout the Windy City. He offered training workshops at UFC Gym and POW! Gym Chicago.   Trainor is a long-time friend and ex-team mate local Muay Thai Coach Robbie Cole. After fighting, Cole shifted his focus to coaching and... Read more »

Avoiding Wrist Injuries When Boxing

Wrist strains and sprains are common amongst boxers.  Regardless of your level of skill, a sore wrist should start by evaluating your technique, particularly the position of your fist at the point of contact.  Some wrist injuries come from chronically throwing punches incorrectly and others can be simply overuse. One of the most common causes... Read more »
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20 Reasons to Watch the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Fight

20 Reasons to Watch the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather Fight
As far as showdowns go, Saturday, August 26th offers a matchup between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather that has captured the interest and banter from fight fans that live in every corner of the globe. This match up is brilliant! Irishmen Conor McGregor, who by 29 years old has become a global superstar will face... Read more »

Bruce Lee fans, go see new film Birth of a Dragon

Bruce Lee fans, go see new film Birth of a Dragon
Every avid martial artist knows about the legendary showdown between Bruce Lee and Wong Jack Man the Kung Fu Master. There are many versions of this battle. I grew up believing that Bruce Lee stood up to many of the traditional Chinese Masters who criticized him for teaching white people Chinese martial arts.   I remember... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »