Defeat doesn't deter local boxer
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Gym draws boxers from all walks of life
At first glance, Joe Brender’s boxing gym in Kingsbridge appears to resemble most others, with a ring in one corner and bags hanging from the ceiling, mirrors on the walls and mats and benches on the floor.But speak to a handful of the roughly 40 members who regularly come here, and it’s soon clear that this is no ordinary boxing gym.
Upper Manhattan Residents March Against Domestic Violence
Donning white wedding dresses, hundreds of women marched from Washington Heights to East Harlem in a show of solidarity against domestic violence on Sunday.Men also marched, wearing black to honor victims who died at the hands of the violence...
The Inwood Boxing Academy: Keeping the Youth of Washington Heights off the Streets
By Matt Yanofsky
As you walk off the streets of Uptown Manhattan and into Inwood Boxing, the first thing you may notice is the lovable Joe Brender. Joe, the gym's owner says even though this gym is small in size, it has a big impact on many at risk youths in the area. “We are servicing the community as plenty of young people are coming to the gym and working hard. We have troubled kids joining the gym because their parents want them off the streets. We are training them to become boxers, but not fighters. We are their mentors and we are professionals”, said Brender.
The gym which mostly is used by amateurs training for the Golden Gloves does host a few pros. Former IBA cruiserweight champion Bobby Gunn and USBA title challenger / Edgar Santana conqueror Harrison Cuello have trained at the Inwood Boxing Academy in preparation for their licensed bouts. When asked about the gym, Gunn was happy to discuss his experience at the Inwood Boxing Academy.
“Joe Brender is one of the nicest and most honest people in New York boxing today. He is a dear friend of mine and if any boxer is looking for a nice place to train, you have to look no further then the Inwood Boxing Academy”, said Gunn who just fought to a bloody draw March 22nd, 2008 in Arizona.
The Inwood Boxing Academy has not only kept many youths who were once looking for trouble in a positive atmosphere but the gym also acts as an excellent example of what is needed to keep children away from potential dangers in a tough city environment.
THE PROBLEM OF CRIMES COMMITTED BY TEENS CONTINUES TO BE ONE OF THE MOST
DIFFICULT ISSUES THAT ADOLESCENTS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES’
FACE TODAY. IN AN INDEPENDENT STUDY BY
IN AN EFFORT TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM, INWOOD BOXING ACADEMY (IBA) HAS INSTITUTED A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM AIMED AT PROVIDING AT RISK-YOUTH IN THE COMMUNITIES OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS AND INWOOD A SAFE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT. THE PROGRAM AIMS TO USE THE ART OF SPORT BOXING TO PROMOTE A COHORT OF YOUTHS TO SUCCEED IN BOTH THEIR OVER ALL MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION. IT IS THE INTENT OF THE IBA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM TO MAINTAIN A SUPPORT SYSTEM AND TO PROVIDE YOUTHS WITH POSITIVE ROLE MODELS THEY CAN EMULATE.
THE ACTIVITIES UNDERTAKEN BY IBA INCLUDES TRAINING IN THE SCIENCE OF AMATEUR BOXING.. INSTILLING THE FOUR “D”S WHICH EMPHASIZES DEVELOPMENT, DISCIPLINE, DEDICATION AND DETERMINATION INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING OR MORE LIKE RAP SESSIONS, PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, TOURNAMENTS AND ACTIVITIES.
THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO: