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McConnell Boxing Academy in Portland with Former Multi-World Champion!
May 17, 2013

(MAY 17) The Northwest now has a new boxing gym, owned and operated by former women’s WIBF and GBU World Champion, Molly McConnell. The new gym, McConnell’s Boxing Academy, is located in the heart of the Lloyd Business District in Portland, Oregon and is approaching boxing training in a different way than most boxing gyms. McConnell’s is focused on teaching, which separates it from many traditional boxing gyms. McConnell’s not only offers fitness classes for adults, but also has specific beginning boxing programs for kids and teens designed to teach boxing in a clear, well organized way. They also have an amateur competition team as well as professional boxers.

“I’ve been in so many boxing gyms over the last 16 years and I’ve always felt that most of them seem to go about teaching boxing in a way that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” says McConnell.

 “Generally, the gym has no structure, no organization, no curriculum. When a new person comes in and wants to learn to box, they might spend a little time here and there with a trainer, or they might just come in and spend time in the gym watching and imitating what the more experienced people are doing. I’ve seen it so many times, after a week or so, they get thrown in to spar. They have no knowledge of basic footwork, defense, etc. and it instantly becomes a sink or swim type of situation. That’s not an effective way to learn something as difficult as boxing", added McConnell.

McConnell’s approach is much different. “I’ve been fortunate over the years to spend a lot of time working with and around martial arts people. The way martial arts are taught makes more sense to me. You have to start with A. Once you learn that, you move on to B, C, D and so on. Each technique builds off the ones before it. If you want to learn anything effectively, this is usually how it is taught. Think about how you learn a foreign language or how to drive a car. The information is presented in a specifically organized way. You don’t learn how to parallel park before you learn how to start the car. But often in boxing, the techniques are either taught out of order or you simply learn them by trial and error over and over. I think my program gives people more tools in their tool box so when they finally do get in to spar, they have a basic understanding of what to do and why we do it. It makes the learning process a lot smoother.”

McConnell’s gym is already taking off and people have responded positively to her teaching techniques. The gym space itself occupies a former dance studio and has heavy bags that slide out of the way when more floor space is needed. They have something for everyone there. Whether you are just interested in a non-contact fitness class, or you want a boxing program for kids, teens, competitive amateurs or pros. McConnell is also very excited to welcome women and girls to the gym. “So far, about 50% of my members are female. We have women and girls in all of our programs and I hope to keep attracting them. I’ve had several women come from other gyms who wish to compete, but have told me that they aren’t taken seriously at their old gym and can’t get any attention there. That’s never a problem here, we love female fighters!”

McConnell’s boxing Academy is located at 707 NE Broadway Suite 201 Portland, Oregon. Visit their website for a full list of class times and program information at www.mcconnellsboxing.com.

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