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 »

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 »

Tips for Your Boxing Workout

There are so many amazing aspects to a boxing workout. Most boxing workouts include a combination of shadow boxing, jump rope, footwork drills, mitt drills, medicine balls, heavy bag and body weight exercises. Boxing is the perfect workout to add to your exercise regiment. Regardless of your goals, boxing will increase your endurance, strength, coordination... Read more »
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Best Lines from Martial Arts Movies

10 of the Best Lines from Martial Arts Movies In many ways martial arts movies inspired my career as a martial artist.  When I look back at these movies I laugh at the perfectly cheesy nature of the storylines, dialog and even action scenes.  I recently had a night out with other career martial artists... Read more »

Martial Arts Education at its best!

Andre and Amit Fit to Fight instructors training Muay Thai.
If you are a martial arts instructor or die-hard practitioner you should consider a trip to Revgear University.  This past weekend, this National event was hosted at STW Krav Maga in San Antonio, Texas.  The weekend was filled with educational seminars and training clinics.  A true martial artist’s dream.  The martial arts industry is like... Read more »

Mortal Kombat Reunion Brings Gamers from All-Over the World to Chicago

Mortal Kombat Reunion Brings Gamers from All-Over the World to Chicago
It has been a little over 20 years since Mortal Kombat drew in the gamer community.  It was originally developed by Midway Games from Chciago’s north side, now bankrupt, the MK development team was acquired by Warner Brothers, now NetherRealm Studios.  It was over 20 years ago that I met the creators of the game... Read more »
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Chicago's Gun Violence Part II - Yes, you can learn to defend yourself against a gun.

Chicago's Gun Violence Part II - Yes, you can learn to defend yourself against a gun.
Protect Yourself Against Chicago’s Gun Violence Yesterday, I wrote about the presence of gun violence in Chicago.  Fox News reported that four people were killed and 30 were injured in shootings since Friday night.  Sadly, as the weather gets warmer, I believe there will be more gun violence within the Chicago city limits.  I posed... Read more »

Chicago's Gun Violence Part I - Are you more likely to get shot living in Chicago?

Chicago's Gun Violence Part I - Are you more likely to get shot living in Chicago?
Are you more likely to get shot living in Chicago?  According to a USA Today story, violence is soaring in the Windy City.  There has been a 40% increase in shootings, 29% have resulted in homicides. I have always taken so much pride in the fact that I am a true-blue Chicagoan.  A true downtowner –... Read more »

The Best Martial Art and Boxing Shoe

ASICS Men's Matflex 3 Wrestling Shoe
Martial arts and boxing shoes are hard to find.  Although a few suppliers in the city carry a wide range of athletic shoes,  it is easier to find a selection online.  Here is a list of some of the best martial arts and boxing shoes. Before buying any shoe, you should decide what kind of... Read more »
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A Modern Martial Arts Master: Mark DellaGrotte

My paths have crossed with Mark DellaGrotte many times over the years.  But until 2014, this path didn’t facilitate much conversation or interaction. When I worked as a free-lance writer for Ultimate Grappling Magazine covering many of the UFC events, the hustle and bustle of pre-fight interviews, and the frantic fight-time coverage did not leave... Read more »