Beating Parkinson’s Disease, one punch at a time with Rock Steady Boxing’s first Women’s Boxing Event

My love of boxing knows no bounds, but did you know it all began with one coach?  It was my early days of training with professional boxer Lita Mae Button that gave me my boxing addiction.  And now I want to shed some light on her amazing work with Rock Steady Boxing and their upcoming women’s white collar boxing event on March 29th right here in Toronto.

Rock Steady Boxing, a boxing program hosted at Undisputed MMA in Toronto, helps people with Parkinson’s improve the quality of their life through a non-contact boxing based fitness program. Currently, there are 40 participants in the Rock Steady program. Its curriculum is adapted from boxing drills which condition for agility, speed, muscular endurance, coordination, footwork, and strength to defend against and overcome the opponent, Parkinson’s, one punch at a time!

Rock Steady Boxing@Undisputed presents its first annual Women’s Boxing Event in support of Parkinson’s. This unique fundraising night will showcase female amateur boxers in the ring, many for the very first time.  Having done this myself, I applaud all these ladies for their confidence, their bravery and their generosity.  Not everyone is willing to take a fist in the face for charity, so kudos to them as they demonstrate how the skills required in the ring can help beat Parkinson’s Disease.

The Women’s Boxing event will be held Thursday March 29, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. at the Hungarian Canadian Cultural Centre on Sunrise Avenue in Toronto. This upscale dinner and a show (the fights!) event will be raising funds to support the Parkinson program at Rock Steady Boxing to help those with modest incomes access the program, build awareness and education of the benefits of the program.  The funds raised will also help to finance the installation of air conditioning in the gym to help the boxers regulate their body temperature during their classes.

“My time spent at Rock Steady Boxing is integral to improving my quality of life”, says Martha Johnson, lead singer of the band Martha and the Muffins. “By the end of each session, I feel stronger, in control of my body and generally positive about myself which motivates me to be there as much as I can”, adds Johnson.

Head Coach, Lita Mae Button, a professional boxer, trainer and Registered Nurse recruited twelve women and put them through a rigorous eleven-week boxing program to learn how to box and help prepare them for their very first amateur fight. “This event hopes to not only support those with Parkinson’s disease but also bring women’s boxing into the mainstream”, said Button. Currently, very few boxing events highlight women as the main event, therefore, we aim to pioneer and provide a platform to showcase women’s boxing”.

Get your tickets to this great event today, or donate here! And for more information on Rock Steady Boxing, click here.

Event details:

Date: March 29th

Time: 7pm

Location: Hungarian Canadian Cultural Centre

141 Sunrise Ave, North York, ON M4A 1A9

For tickets: https://onthebutton.tickit.ca/

Tickets are $100 per person including dinner or $60 per person for the main event only.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder and North American Editor for ADDICTED.
Nadia Elkharadly
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3 comments

  1. I was diagnosed five years ago at the age of 51. I had symptoms for 3-4 years prior to that but did not know anything about Parkinson’s. I first noticed a slight twitch in my left hand, finger and thumb, which became pill rolling. We attended a lot of sports events and I would lose my balance in the moving crowd. I then started seeing a neurologist. I started falling a lot when losing my balance and had a hard time walking normal. I finally froze up in the doorway at church. I told my Neuro and he said that I had Parkinson’s. Started me on entacapone,levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole and I still didn’t feel or get better January 2017 my neurologist and I decided to go with natural treatment and was introduced to Green House Herbal Clinic natural Parkinson’s disease Herbal formula, i had a total decline of symptoms with this Parkinson’s Herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web-site The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness and other symptoms has subsided.  I am very pleased with this treatment. I feel very well now and exercise regularly, sometimes i totally forget i ever had Parkinson’s,Don’t give up hope, fellow sufferers. Share with friends!!

  2. Shorai Erikson

    Parkinson’s symptoms first appeared when I was 68. I noticed a vibration in right foot and then right hand. After about 18 months a shake and/or tremor. Twelve months later, shaking. My neurologist. Started me on entacapone,levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on Parkinson’s Disease Herbal formula from Green House Herbal Clinic, the PD natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web site ww w. greenhouseherbalclinic. Weebly. com. I feel alive again! The tremors, Shaking, Joint Stiffness and other symptoms has subsided.  I am very pleased with this treatment. I feel very well now and exercise regularly, sometimes i totally forget i ever had Parkinson’s, My family are amazed at the change and rapid recovery from PD. since the procedure I enjoy walking the dog for my daily exercise. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE!!!

  3. Shorai Erikson

    Parkinson’s symptoms first appeared when I was 68. I noticed a vibration in right foot and then right hand. After about 18 months a shake and/or tremor. Twelve months later, shaking. My neurologist. Started me on entacapone,levodopa, carbidopa, and pramipexole to reduce symptoms and slow down progression but I could not tolerate them for long due to severe side effects. I decided to adopt a more natural approach and started on Parkinson’s Disease Herbal formula from Green House Herbal Clinic, the PD natural formula immensely helped my condition, i had a total recovery from Parkinson’s disease with this natural herbal formula treatment. Visit Green House Herbal Clinic official web site