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  • Boxing Inspires Corporate Executive

    By Jeff Zimmerman - TITLE Board of Advisors

    You never know where your inspiration may come from. And as the saying goes, “timing is everything.” That could not be truer, especially for Anne Chow. Anne is extremely busy, to say the least. Anne is passionate about the people in her life: family, friends, community, and company. She is a wife, mother of two daughters, good friend to many, and sits on several boards including the Girl Scouts of the USA. Oh, and by the way, she is the president of AT&T National Business where she leads a team of more than 12,000 business professionals supporting AT&T’s more than 3 million business customers nationwide. Just this year alone, Anne was named the 2018 Most Inspiring Woman in Comms by Light Reading, voted as one of thirty top Women in Business by the Dallas Business Journal and was recognized as CRN’s Women of the Channel: Power 100. She’s also a foodie, a music buff and now loves boxing!

    About a year after relocating from New Jersey to Dallas, Anne realized that she needed to make some major changes – to take charge of her physical, mental, and spiritual health. It was her discovery of the TITLE Boxing Club* in Southlake, Texas that became her inspiration and the timing could not have been better for the multi-faceted executive at AT&T.

    Here’s a blog that Anne wrote back on May 3, 2017, discussing her journey as a Founding Member at the Southlake TITLE Boxing Club. The discovery of this outlet and her newfound boxing life provide a certain balance to her busy professional and personal life. She finds many parallels between her boxing workouts and the challenges she sees daily in business and in life.

     

    #LessonsFromMyTrainer

    “Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble.” – Sugar Ray Robinson

    This month marks a full year since I realized that I had lost myself and seriously needed to do something to find my way back. It started about a year after we relocated from New Jersey to Texas, uprooting two teenage daughters and leaving the multi-decade comfort of our lives on the East Coast. New job, new boss, new home, new everything – and to top it all off, I was rapidly approaching a major milestone birthday (yes, the big one) and was in the worst shape of my life. Indeed, to my dismay, everything was bigger in Texas, including me! So I went searching…

    Then, through a little science and a bit of serendipity, I discovered TITLE Boxing Club. Though at first, my body reminded me every day of how far I had fallen, my mind was motivated to keep going. My journey over the past year has only just begun, involving body-mind-heart-and-soul in a way that I never thought possible. And while the choice of boxing may seem arbitrary, I’m finding that there are numerous similarities to business which continue to drive me forward – in more ways than one. I’d like to share my top six lessons with you:

    1) Watch Your Position – I have a tendency, whether it’s versus the heavy bag, or versus my trainer, to get caught up in the heat of the moment punch or move, opening myself up, losing my form… becoming exposed. This is not dissimilar to actions and moves we make in the market – sometimes we can get so focused on what we’re doing that we lose sight of those around us, including our competition. Be sure you position yourself to always see the forest from the trees.

    2) Protect Your Moneymaker – No doubt you’ve heard this one before and of course in boxing, this refers to your face. But how about in business? Where are your margins coming from? How do you think about your core businesses and yes, while you must protect them at all times, you must keep an eye on what the future moneymakers will be – or you’ll be left in the dust as the pace of change and innovation accelerates. If you don’t protect your moneymakers and your existing customers, you won’t be able to fund your growth and pursue innovation as aggressively as needed.

    3) Train (and Re-Train) Your Muscle Memory – Turns out that the tennis topspin forehand I trained so hard on when I was younger works hugely against me when I’m throwing a right hook! No question in today’s world we have to often break old habits/assumptions and form new ones. This can be challenging especially if we’ve been doing something the same way for a while. In fact, key requirements for success in the 21st century are adaptability and agility – and this is especially applicable when it comes to our own skills, knowledge, and experiences.

    4) Engage Your Core – In fitness, your core is a collection of muscles that stabilize and move your spine. A strong core is vital for balance and stability. The broader life analogy here is obvious. Our core = our values, our integrity and our character; and without it, we are lost. Every moment of every day with every single action – whether it be in your personal life or professional life – your core is engaged. Hopefully it’s strong. Thanks to the media we know what can happen when it’s not - the results can range from embarrassing to bad to catastrophic.

    5) You’re Gonna Have to Sweat – Self-explanatory. Do you believe that anything worth doing or achieving is going to take work?

    6) It Takes a Village – While boxing may seem like a solitary thing, the surprise for me at TITLE Boxing Club is how much the “village” matters. Whether it’s the trainers, owner, staff, or fellow members, the support and camaraderie are wonderful. As I’ve said many times before, life is all about relationships…be sure to seek and foster meaningful ones. It’s the people in your life that really matter, wouldn’t you agree?

    Sound familiar? Do these parallels across boxing, business, and life make sense to you? Anyone care to share their own personal journey of discovery? I’m very fortunate to have found a path that’s helping me to become my most fit self – body, mind, heart and soul. Proof positive that it’s never too late to become your own champion and to champion others. After all, if we are to fully enable the greatness in those around us, we must first find the greatness in ourselves.

    --

    Anne was kind of enough to dive deeper into her TITLE Boxing Club experience and perhaps be that inspiration for others on their own personal journey.

    Would you say TITLE Boxing Club was a “game changer” for you after your first year in Dallas, both personally and professionally? And if yes, in what way?

    TBC was absolutely a game changer for me after moving to Dallas and remains one of the big positives of the move here. Moving to a different part of the country with family in tow, leaving friends and family, getting a new job, trying to establish yourself in a new community you’re completely unfamiliar with were all major life stressors. After the first year in Dallas, I knew I had to make a change in my life as I was buckling under the stress and becoming increasingly unhealthy. I searched for and tried different workouts for several months, but nothing really “clicked”. Through a bit of fate, a new TBC was opening up in my town of Southlake, and I went to check it out during their grand opening. While I couldn’t do a full class, I could tell that this was going to be the workout which would challenge me in many ways – so I signed up (on a bit of an impulse) on the spot to be a founding member at the club. Not only did it challenge me, but it changed me – for the better, personally and professionally. I am healthier than I have ever been – not just physically, but mentally too. TBC has become my passion, and I love the community of people I’ve met – from fellow members to the trainers to the owner and staff. I’ve developed friendships and relationships with people whom I would have never crossed paths with had I not joined.

    You mentioned your journey had just begun involving body – mind – heart – and - soul. What specifically did you learn about yourself that you didn’t realize before starting the “journey” with TITLE Boxing Club?

    When I first started with TBC, I couldn’t get through a class. I was in the worst shape of my life and it was not only affecting me physically, but mentally and emotionally too. I knew I had to change so despite struggling for weeks and months, I kept with it. I had bought a full year's membership as a birthday present to myself, and I was determined to get an ROI. In the past, my attention span and commitment would wane. In the case of TBC, the big difference for me was the connection of focus required to get through class. Not only did I have to work physically, but I had to focus intensely on what the trainers were saying to get the most out of the workout. And what turned out to be a bonus was the emotional release I was getting as well, whether it was through boxing or kickboxing. I fell in love with the sport – which incorporates both art and science – and as a workout it’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.

    What were the challenges you had at the beginning with your TITLE Boxing Club experience and what advice would you give someone just starting out?

    The challenges I experienced in the beginning were largely physical in nature – but this time, the fact that I couldn’t do everything served as fuel for me to push on. In the past I would have let my physical state drive my psyche, but with TBC, I was in it for the long run, so I focused on the little steps and small progress made vs. being held hostage to a number on a scale. I also started working with my favorite trainer one-on-one to ensure that my technique and form
    was right - this helped motivate me immensely. To someone just starting out, I’d say – stick with it! Focus on you – on how you feel – on being the fittest you can be – mind, body, and heart. Boxing is a sport that connects these dimensions of yourself as a matter of course…so approach it that way to get the most out of the experience. And I’d also say, take it at your own pace. You’re not trying to beat anyone (unless you’re punching your trainers mitts!) – you’re working to become your very best self. And – you can do it! You’re never too old, and it’s never too late to start.

     

    Bio:

    Jeff has been in the fight game, both boxing and mixed martial arts, for well over a decade. He has learned the ropes from Hall-of-Fame Referee Richard Steele promoting shows in Nevada and Texas where he has covered all aspects of an event from PR, sponsorships, site coordination to negotiations with venues and appearances with stars such as UFC legend Chuck Liddell. Jeff has also been a writer for several years for one of boxing's most popular sites, Fightnews.com, where he continues to cover the Texas fight scene. Jeff has interviewed and covered fights for some of the biggest names in the sport including Manny Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez and Terence Crawford. He also has covered and interviewed rising superstar Errol Spence Jr. on multiple occasions. Jeff gives many hours of his time to support two outstanding non-profits, Richard Steele Foundation & Boxing Club and Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, serving as a special advisor and leading their social media efforts.

     

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  • EPIX Sets Premiere Date for The Contender, Reveals 16 Fighters Vying for the Champion Belt

    EPIX Sets Premiere Date for The Contender, Reveals 16 Fighters Vying for the Champion Belt

    Mark Burnett’s 12-Episode Boxing Competition Series From MGM Television Set to Premiere on August 24

    LOS ANGELES – JUNE 27, 2018 – Premium pay television network EPIX® has announced the 16 fighters who will be facing off with one another for the championship belt on the revival of boxing franchise series The Contender this fall. The highly anticipated 12-episode season, from MGM Television, will premiere on EPIX on Aug. 24, 2018 at 10 PM ET/PT.

    Hosted by undefeated boxing champion Andre "Son of God” Ward, the first-of-its-kind competitive documentary series for the network will feature 16 fighters pushing their limits in grueling elimination-style fights and testing their grit and determination to achieve their boxing dreams. The fighters will be overseen by legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, and renowned Philadelphia trainer Naazim Richardson.

    “The Contender takes unscripted TV to its grittiest.  It has incredible professional fighters and real professional fights.  The edge of your seat drama and true stories sets a tone that our audiences will be expecting and I love it,” said Mark Burnett, President of MGM Television.

    “With this new iteration of The Contender, the focus is on the gritty, personal stories of the fighters battling for boxing glory,” said Michael Wright, President, EPIX. “It was important for us to find individuals who not only displayed the boxing chops and resilience in the ring, but who also showed a depth of heart and humor outside of it. Our 16 fighters are vivacious, tough, funny, sensitive, driven and inspiring, and we are excited for our fans to get to know their stories and root for them inside the ring and out.”

    The 16 Contenders come from a wide variety of professional boxing backgrounds and stations in life, bringing their unique stories, personalities, strengths and motivations to the series.

    Each fighter will be vying to be declared the new 160-pound middleweight champion of The Contender and take home the winner’s six-figure purse — a prize, which, for all the fighters, represents a better life for their families and loved ones who have been there with them through all the ups and downs of their journeys.

    The 16 fighters on The Contender this season are:

    • Ievgen “The Ukranian Lion” Khytrov, Age: 29, Rank: 20, Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.- A Ukrainian immigrant, Olympian, Ievgen Khytrov recently relocated to America to pursue his dream of becoming a world champion and to create a better life for his family. A dedicated, quiet, religious man. He’s also the one to beat.
    • Eric “Babyface Assassin” Walker, Age: 34, Rank: 68, Hometown: Plaquemine, La. - Incarcerated at 15 years old and spent 14 years behind bars for robbery and attempted murder, Eric “Babyface Assassin” Walker learned to box while in prison. He is now fighting for a second chance at life, living proof that it’s never too late to live out your dreams.
    • John “Apollo Kid” Thompson, Age: 29, Rank: 70, Hometown: Newark, N.J. – After losing his mother to AIDS at six years old, this married performing artist, painter and fighter, John “Apollo Kid” Thompson is here to prove to the world that he can’t be boxed into a single category despite holding impressive titles including the 2015 WBA-NABA Super Welterweight, WBO Inter-Continental Super Welterweight and Boxcino Tournaments.
    • Malcolm “The Punisher” McAllister, Age: 27, Rank: 172, Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. – Always at the center of schoolyard fights growing up, Malcolm “The Punisher” McAllister now channels his energy into helping others rebuild outside of foreclosure and his young, growing family. In boxing has built an impressive KO record and the 2014 Golden Gloves title on his journey to take the title of The Contender.
    • Brandon “The Cannon” Adams, Age: 28, Rank: Inactive, Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. - A bold fighter in the ring, Brandon “The Cannon” Adams knows firsthand what it means to push through adversity and step up to care for his family when there’s no one else around to. Coming from a poverty stricken neighborhood, this larger than life father of two marks his return to boxing after a three year hiatus, initiated by a loss to fellow competitor, John Thompson.
    • Quatavious “Cash” Cash, Age: 26, Rank: 161, Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev. – This Atlanta native is the current record-holder for fastest KO in Georgia, a four0time Golden Gloves state champ and Bronze medalist. Quatavious Cash is fighting for his late mother and for the chance to prove that a life of fighting street gangs can be channeled for good.
    • Shane “Sugarman” Mosley, Jr., Age: 27, Rank: 149, Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif. - The lone single contender, son of legendary Hall of Fame boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Shane “Sugarman” Mosley Jr. is fighting to step out of his father’s shadow and carve out his own legacy.
    • Daniel “El Chapulin” Valdivia, Age: 25, Rank: 116, Hometown: Tulare, Calif. - A natural salesman and real estate agent by day, nicknamed “El Chapulin” (“Grasshopper”) for his boundless energy, Mexican immigrant Daniel Valdivia was born to step into the ring. With several titles including the NABF Super Welterweight Champion as an underdog, he’s chasing fame to prove giving up college for boxing was the right move.
    • Michael “The Silverback” Moore, Age: 31, Rank: 252, Hometown:Cleveland, Oh. - Reformed from a hard life on the streets, fraught with drugs, death and family suicide, Michael Moore is a natural hustler and leader. Married with two kids, Moore is constantly moving from state to state with his family in tow in pursuit of the boxing dream.
    • Gerald “G5” Sherrell, Age: 24, Rank: 216, Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. - A fan of the original Contender series growing up, Gerald “G5” Sherrell is an undefeated and explosive fighter with a level of unrivaled and self-proclaimed swagger. Hailing from the projects, this multiple time Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves and Junior Olympic competitor, this local zoo security guard by day, and young father by night, is looking to bring boxing glory back to his hometown of Pittsburgh.
    • Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch, Age: 34, Rank: 154, Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa. - Injury-plagued throughout his career, the Native American hailing from Southern Louisiana is a married father of three. Knowing that he’s old for the sport, Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch has one last shot at making his boxing dreams come true.
    • Marcos “Mad Man” Hernandez, Age: 24, Rank: 104, Hometown: Fresno, Calif. - Having been bullied from a young age after an accident left him with burns on 30 percent of his body, Marcos “Mad Man” Hernandez is fighting for his young autistic son, in hopes that he won’t be bullied the same way he was. With Junior Olympics, 2012 Blue and Gold titles and “Mexican-go-forward” style fighting he may be overlooked and underestimated.
    • Tyrone “Young Gun” Brunson, Age: 33, Rank: 39, Hometown: Philadelphia, PA – At a time when he needed to sell drugs to support himself at the age of 13, a stepfather’s ultimatum: be grounded or go to the boxing gym was his saving grace. Now a humble father of two, and sitting with one of the best rankings in the competition, his 24 KO’s send a signal that he will not fight silently but his cocky attitude has beat him more than just once.
    • Lamar “Omega” Russ, Age: 31, Rank: 115, Hometown: Wilmington, N.C. - One of four kids raised by a single mom and the first person in his family to graduate college, Lamar “Omega” Russ takes pride in being the underdog, and beneath the loud exterior is a boxer that needs to prove he can put his money where his mouth is. HBO, ESPN and a first round KO on Showtime do all the talking.
    • John “The Rock” Jackson, Age: 29, Rank: 63, Hometown: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - A divorced father of two, this slick and agile boxer, Virgin Islander John “The Rock” Jackson started fighting at 12 years old, following in his world champion father Julian Jackson’s footsteps at the Pan American Games and 2008 Olympics. He comes from wealth but cares for the underprivileged and dreams of making his island proud bringing visibility to those struck by recent natural disasters.
    • Devaun “Unique” Lee, Age: 30, Rank: 82, Hometown: Jamaica Queens, N.Y. - When one of his friends was shot and killed at 16, Devaun “Unique” Lee knew he needed a way out from the mean streets of Queens. Boxing keeps him straight. So do long hours fueling airplanes and caring for his five year old daughter. The real love of his life. Fatherhood and the sport are the motivation to take his NY State Middleweight championship to the next level.

    The original Contender series ran for four seasons (2005-2009) and launched multiple fighters into contention for world titles, including title winners Sergio Mora, Cornelius Bundrage, Sakio Bika, and Sam Soliman.

    Eric Van Wagenen serves as executive producer and showrunner of the revived franchise alongside Mark Burnett. The format is owned by MGM Television and Paramount Television.

    EPIX is available nationwide through cable, satellite, telco and streaming TV providers including Charter Spectrum, Cox, Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Dish Network, Sling, PlayStation Vue and, as of June 13, Comcast.

    Fighters (L-R, Top to Bottom): Brandon Adams, Shane Mosley Jr., Quatavious Cash, Malcolm McAllister, Michael Moore, Daniel Valdivia, Marcos Hernandez, Devaun Lee, John Thompson, Lamar Russ, Ievgen Khytrov, John Jackson, Gerald Sherrell, Eric Walker, Morgan Fitch, Tyrone Brunson

    About MGM Television

    MGM Television is a leading producer and global distributor of premium content for television and digital platforms, with distribution rights to original productions and a robust catalog of television episodes and feature film titles including such premiere entertainment franchises as James Bond, Rocky, Stargate and The Hobbit trilogy.  Current scripted and unscripted projects include Fargo (FX); Vikings (HISTORY); The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu); Get Shorty (EPIX); The Voice (NBC); Survivor (CBS); Shark Tank (ABC); Teen Wolf (MTV); Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME (ABC); Beat Shazam (FOX); Signed (VH1); Lucha Underground (The El Rey Network); and through its distribution entity, Orion TV Productions, the syndicated daytime courtroom series Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court and Couples Court with The Cutlers. In addition, MGM owns Evolution Media, the innovative unscripted television producers of The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, Vanderpump Rules: Jax and Brittany Take Kentucky, and Sweet Home Oklahoma (Bravo); Botched (E!); Bug Juice (Disney Channel) and Growing Up Supermodel (Lifetime). MGM’s television programming regularly airs in more than 100 countries worldwide.  For more information, visit www.mgm.com. 

    About EPIX

    EPIX, an MGM company, is a premium pay television network, delivering the latest movie releases and biggest classic film franchises, plus original programming including series, documentaries, and comedy specials – all available on TV, on demand, online and across devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX became profitable in its first year of existence and is now available nationwide to 70 million homes through cable, telco, satellite and emerging digital distribution platforms. A pioneer in the development and proliferation of "TV Everywhere," EPIX was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android phones and tablets, and Roku® players. EPIX is also available across hundreds of consumer devices including Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, Amazon Fire TV, TiVo, Chromecast, and Android TV, delivering more movies than any other network with thousands of titles available for streaming. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHd (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX) and Snapchat @EPIXTV.

    About Paramount Television

    Paramount Television is a leading studio, developing and financing a wide range of cutting-edge and entertaining television content across all media platforms for distribution worldwide. The studio’s robust slate includes Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” (Amazon), “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix), “Maniac” (Netflix), “Shooter” (USA), “Berlin Station” (EPIX), “The Alienist” (TNT), “The Haunting of Hill House” (Netflix), “Catch-22’ (Hulu), “Galaxy Quest” (Amazon), “Girls Code” (Freeform) and “Snow Crash” (Amazon), among others. Additionally, Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) is behind hit digital series including “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$”; “The Hotwives of Orlando” and “The Hotwives of Las Vegas” (Hulu). Paramount Television and Paramount Digital Entertainment are part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film and digital entertainment brands.

    Press Contacts:

    Maureen Granados / EPIX

    mgranados@epix.com / 646.933.9280

    Kristin Cotich / MGM

    kcotich@mgm.com / 310.449.3606

    Jessica Rovins / Paramount Television

    Jessica_rovins@paramount.com / 323.956.8265

    Dianna Bonvino / Beck Media for EPIX

    dianna.bonvino@beckmedia.com / 646.593.3042

    Joe Favorito for EPIX

    joefavorito2@gmail.com

  • How to Hear Your Corner

    How to Hear Your Corner

    By Bryanna Fissori - Board of Advisors

    Boxing Corner Advice

    In the midst of a fight, the only person you can physically depend on is yourself. But you're likely not alone. Your cornerman, or cornermen, should be there with you in your ear every step of the way.

    One of the most overlooked aspects of fight training is developing the skills to listen to your corner. It’s your corner’s job to see the things that you don’t and to let you know about them. If your cornerman cannot be heard, he's really nothing more than a glorified water boy. So listen up.

    Speaking the Same Language: Shadowboxing with Instruction

    Shadowboxing with a purpose is important. This is a technique coaches use to familiarize the fighter with their voice and their commands. Many competitors warm up for practice with a round of shadow boxing.

    To maximize this time, coaches should give cues during the round such as “one-two, one-two” or any combination they want to see out of their fighter. Each coach has his or her own language. Whatever terms your coach uses to get you to perform a certain technique is what you need to hear. Shadowboxing with instruction causes you to react to the coach’s voice and perform those commands.

    Can You Hear Me Now? The Noise Factor

    Practicing or sparring with crowd noise creates a realistic setting for the sound of distraction. The best way to get comfortable performing in front of a loud crowd is to do just that.

    Competing in a jiu jitsu or judo tournament (for MMA fighters) can grant this type of setting in a realistic way, without affecting any sort of win-loss record. For boxers, an exhibition round in front of a crowd can be effective. Turning up the music in the gym isn't going to do the trick.

    In a real fight everyone will be yelling advice; coaches, fans, friends, your grandma . . . Not all of that advice is good, nor is it all meant for you. The goal is to be able to filter through the static until you can hear only your corner.

    The Voices in Your Head

    Ideally, the only voice you want in your head is your corner and usually this means one single person. This isn’t always realistic because many fighters have multiple coaches. In this case, there's a little more work to be done.

    If multiple people plan to give instruction from the outside the cage or ring, they need to put some practice time in too. Both cannot just show up on fight day and expect to give you coherent instruction, not knowing what the other one is thinking. Plus, you will only get more confused when mid- round they start giving opposing instructions, causing you to have to pick sides. It happens. Make them put time in together.

    Your coaches are an important resource that you can take with you into your bout. Hearing and responding to them is a tool that has to be trained just like any good technique.

    Bio:

    Bryanna Fissori is a professional boxer and mixed martial artist. She has a law degree and has been writing professional for over a decade. She has spent most of her professional combat sports career training on the Island of Oahu and has competed nationally and internationally. Bryanna currently competes and trains out of Denver, Colorado.

     

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  • How to Jump Rope for Boxing

    How to Jump Rope for Boxing

    By Bryanna Fissori - Board of Advisors

    Jump Rope Boxing Benefits

    Walk in to virtually any boxing gym and watch the athletes warming up. You are bound to see people, from small children to adult professionals jumping rope.

    There are a number of benefits to jumping rope. If the skill of jumping rope was not applicable for boxing, it probably wouldn’t be so widely used. Time to put skepticism aside and pick up a rope. There is more to boxing than just throwing punches.

    Jump Rope Training is Used to Enhance:

    Coordination

    Agility

    Quickness

    Endurance

    Footwork

    Jump Rope for Boxing 101:

    Choosing a Jump Rope

    Many gyms will have a supply of ropes available for use, but it's also nice to get comfortable with one of your very own. There are various types of jump ropes. A light-weight plastic speed rope is a good place to start. Heavy leather or weighted ropes will turn slower and may be more difficult to use, especially in the beginning. Each type of rope has its own purpose.

    Fitting a Jump Rope for Boxing

    Common rope lengths range from eight to ten feet. A nine-foot rope is the right size for most people under six feet tall. One way to determine how long your rope should be is to step both feet in the middle of the rope. The handles should reach up to approximately armpit height.

    If you need to adjust the height you can often snip 2 or 3 inches off a rope. A shorter rope will also increase your jump speed, but be careful not to go too short or you won't be able to jump without crouching. If your rope really is too short, please just get a new one and try again. Jumping with the wrong length is inherently frustrating, difficult and subtracts from the overall enjoyment of the activity.

    Jump Rope Care

    It's a good idea to store your jump rope hanging up with the center of the jump rope on the hook. Leaving your jump rope wadded up in a ball or spiraled is likely to create kinks, which are difficult to straighten out and will result in a lot of stubbed toes. This also depends on the type of rope you are using. There are some, such as beaded or leather ropes that don't kink as easily as plastic ones, though they may serve a slightly different conditioning purpose.

    Start Slow

    If you haven’t jumped rope since you were a kid, don’t expect to be a rockstar your first day. Take the first week or so of jumping just to focus on skill. If you try to jump into a cardio workout with the rope your first day, you're likely to be very disappointed.

    Starting with short jump sessions (20 -30 seconds at a time), will enable you to experience a degree of success as you work to lengthen the time you can jump without failure. Another tip is to jump when you're fresh and not fatigued. Your legs may start to feel heavy fairly quickly when you're forced to stay on the balls of your feet. Jump rope for boxing will strengthen muscles throughout the legs, but this does take time.

    It Gets Better

    Once you and your jump rope become well acquainted, you'll eventually be able to jump for entire rounds. You may even pick up some of the fancy stuff such as single leg jumps, doubles and skipping backwards. Watch the people around you. If they have tricks, you may begin to mimic them.

    Jump rope for boxing is as challenging as you make it. Have fun and don’t forget that it's okay to laugh at yourself when you make a mistake. Everyone started somewhere. Keep pushing yourself and you'll see it begin to make a difference in multiple areas of your boxing training.

    Bio:

    Bryanna Fissori is a professional boxer and mixed martial artist. She has a law degree and has been writing professional for over a decade. She has spent most of her professional combat sports career training on the Island of Oahu and has competed nationally and internationally. Bryanna currently competes and trains out of Denver, Colorado.

     

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  • Johnny Tapia: A Happy, Sad and Crazy Life

    Johnny Tapia: A Happy, Sad and Crazy Life

    By Brett Ater, PR/Social Specialist at TITLE Boxing

    Johnny Tapia Documentary

    For the hardcore boxing fans of the ‘90s and early ‘00s, Johnny Tapia, Mi Vida Loca, was a well-known sparkplug at the top of the sport’s lighter divisions. For me, it wasn’t until HBO released Tapia (2013), a documentary on his life, that I learned the name and was captivated by Johnny, both the boxer and the deeply troubled human being.

    In the ring he was a true showman. He moved around the squared circle with slick footwork, boastful facial expressions, relaxed but secure defense, lightning fast hands and the power to end fights quickly. On top of all that, he could take a punch. It seemed like he enjoyed that part. He reveled in the all-out action. After bouts, always a gracious sport, he’d greet his opponents with a hug, bow to the judges and then top off his night with an in-ring backflip. But all that joy he expressed in the ring couldn’t be replicated on the outside, at least not completely. It’s easy to see now that under the lights was where the Albuquerque native felt truly at home. Outside the ring was where life was hard and unforgiving.

    Much has been written about the extreme lows of Tapia’s life. Even his nickname, Mi Vida Loca, doesn’t do it justice. Johnny’s father was murdered while his mother was pregnant with him. At just eight-years-old Johnny witnessed his mother, Virginia, being driven away from their home. She was chained to a truck. She was brutally assaulted and left for dead, but she fought and crawled more than a hundred yards before being found by police and taken to the emergency room. Sadly, she passed away a few days later. The sights and sounds of his mother’s last days forever haunted him. He told Boxing News in 2011, “My mom’s death kills me every day…I just want to say ‘Good night mama.’ I want to hug my mama.”

    Johnny was raised by his grandparents following his mother’s death and they steered him toward boxing. He was an extremely successful amateur fighter, winning the Golden Gloves National Tournament in ’83 and ’85. His professional career started off hot as well. He went 21-0-1 in his first 22 bouts, but at age 21 he tested positive for cocaine and had his boxing license suspended for nearly four years.

    He returned from his suspension without missing a beat and rattled off four straight victories before getting his first shot at a world title. On October 12, 1994, Johnny Tapia, who’d already overcome so much, defeated Henry Martinez by technical knockout in the 11th round to be named the WBO Super Flyweight Champion of the World. He’d go on to become a five-time world champion and a member of both the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.

    Johnny Tapia made his pro debut in 1988 and fought for the last time in 2011. He fought 64 professional fights and had his hand raised 59 times (30 KOs). His fan-friendly fighting style took him from a gym in Albuquerque to the bright lights of Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden.

    Heartbreakingly, all the in-ring success, a loving wife (Teresa), happy children (three sons) and adoration from friends and fans were no match for the overbearing pain of loss and drug addiction. Tapia was hospitalized after a cocaine overdose in early March of 2007, and he was arrested for a parole violation (due to cocaine use) in February of 2009.

    On May 27, 2012, Johnny Tapia passed away due to heart failure. He was found in his home and no drugs were found in his system. His story is a happy one, with a terribly sad beginning and end. To watch the documentary and to read the articles on his life, there’s no way to pass judgement on how Johnny lived; to not feel gutted when he tried and tried to overcome disturbing emotional trauma and drug addiction; just as there’s no way to not feel giddy when the music plays and he makes his way to the ring; or to not feel emotional when you hear fellow fighters and Albuquerque natives talk about all he meant to them. All you can say is that he was loved and that he loved with all his heart. Sometimes, for whatever reason, life is crazy.

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