Many people know that Muhammad Ali suffered Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and boxing might’ve caused it.
The cause of PD is the deterioration of brain cells that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter (brain chemical) that helps regulate movement, coordination and responses.
What is an irony here is the fact that BOXING IS GOOD TO FIGHT PD, according to a number of doctors and studies.
The boxing that helps fight PD is not “hitting each other” but its unique training. In our class, we do pretty much the same thing that real boxers do such as –
– Jump rope
– Speed bag
– Punching bag
– Hitting the mitt
– Shadow box
– Combination blows
Either young boxers who want to fight in the ring or fighters that are fighting back PD, what I’m seeing during the training is what’s happening inside of their hearts. Oh, I see the same fire burning inside both of them as they wrap their hands. Their hearts get thicker each time they punch. The best part of this training is how the fighters want to punch more and do more. Young boxers forget the problems they have in their every day life and the PD fighters forget the first reason why they joined the class. They both just WANT TO BOX BETTER.
Cooking or driving or anything, WANTING TO BE BETTER is the most crucial thing.
Your heart is the engine.
I am the cornerman for champions and I have seen many miracles come true.
Miracles take place when you BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and it’s great to work with those boxers.
But it’s greater to work with these true champions in the community.
I teach western style boxing in more an eastern way. More spiritual, I guess. Some magic to spell to my students like “Wax on. Wax off.”
Pat Morita who played Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid had a brother and I worked with him in the corner of the ring for a world title bout in 1993 in Tokyo. His brother was a cutman and he and Pat looked identical.
© The Karate Kid 1984 Columbia Pictures
Video from: ABC7 Parkinson’s Patients with Boxing
Video from: Rock Steady Boxing – WTS Japan
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