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”.
Date: March 29th
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.