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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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »