Apr 09

Spotlight! Jonathan Rubio

Two of our boxers, Jonathan Rubio and Pedro Madriz (aka “Lobo”), fought at the Battle of the Kennel 7 in San Leandro last Saturday, April 5th. Unfortunately, Lobo didn’t get the decision this time around–but young Jonathan was able to bring home the victory against Javier Gradilla, a tough fighter and Silver Gloves champ from Modesto PAL. It was a good match, and Jonathan had this to say of his experience:

“I had good training, but I was still a little nervous. We were bout #10, right after intermission. I was in the blue corner and warmed up by shadow boxing. In the first round I came in throwing jabs, later catching him with a big left so I felt like I had won that round. Round 2 [Gradilla] came in harder, so I had to throw punch after punch, it was a close round. Round 3 I was able to get him with another hard left. With this win I’m at 17-7, and I’m getting ready for the upcoming Junior Olympics right now, they’re this April 26-27.”

Javier Gradilla (L) and Jonathan Rubio (R) in San Leandro last weekend

Javier Gradilla (L) and Jonathan Rubio (R) in San Leandro last weekend

Apr 09

Jordan Klusmeier, April 2014 Knockout!

“Jordan has been a wonderful part of the tutoring and mentoring program here at Double Punches. He consistently shows up and always begins doing his homework without being asked. He is a respectful young man who brings a lot of joy to our program. The other students are always delighted to see him, as he has a great sense of humor. Jordan is also a critical thinker, always bringing up current events for us to discuss. Jordan is a pleasure to have and and definitely deserves to be recognized as Knockout of the month.”  – Rubie Magallanes, Double Punches TAM tutor

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Jordan, 17, has been with us for a year: “I joined because I love boxing, and I wanted to get fit. I enjoy the boxing shows the most because it motivates me to one day be a great boxer. An activity I don’t like but do anyway is running: I know it will make me better, and it keeps me fit. Because of the club I have better self confidence. DBPC motivates me to be a better person each and every day. My parents also inspire me to be the best person I can be. Ten years from now, I see myself as a respectful and responsible person.”

Keep up the great work!

written by Andrea Cebreros

Apr 09

2013 Double Punches Volunteer of the Year!

At the Santa Rosa Salvation Army’s 2013 annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch last week, Double Punches honored volunteer coach Brian Russell. 

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We met Brian about 12 years ago when his son Mike, 9 years old at the time, joined our club.

He knows how to motivate the kids to work hard and be ready when they compete. He has helped kids prepare for the Junior Olympics, Silver Gloves and Golden Gloves competitions, and represented Double Punches at the 2008 Junior Olympics Nationals, where his son Mike came in at #2.

Brian is not afraid of a challenge, and he’s also not afraid of heights; currently he works as a painter for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Can you imagine having to climb that bridge day to day, rain or shine? Well, not only is that what Brian does every day, but even after a hard day of work he makes time to come into Santa Rosa 2-3 days per week to coach the kids. And he has been doing this for over 12 years!

Brian, thank you so much for your dedication and service to the Club, and to Sonoma County’s youth!

Mar 03

Knockout! February

February 2014’s Knockout of the Month is Christopher Torres, age 12, who joined Double Punches three months ago for the opportunity of making new friends while working out. He enjoys all the activities, particularly the abdominal exercises and hitting the speed bags!

“[DPBC] has taught me to have respect, manners and to stay fit. Jonathan Rubio has inspired me because he has a good attitude and is a great boxer. He makes practices more fun. [10 years from now] I see myself going to college and staying healthy.”

 

 

Written by Andrea Cebreros

Feb 11

Mark your calendars!

Double Punches is pleased to announce that we will host the

2014 Northern California Regional Junior Olympics on May 17th!

Who will advance to the Nationals?

Stay tuned for more information as the event gets closer!

 

*If you are interested in helping sponsor this event, contact Maria Lopez at our gym (707) 586-2448. Your contributions and support go a long way, and are greatly appreciated.*

Feb 06

Knockout of the Month! January

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This January our coaches have selected Babafemi (Femi) Omopariola as our Knockout of the month. Femi, 16, has been with us for about 8 months. He joined with the hopes of becoming a good professional boxer one day. Coach Jovanni Rubio says Femi first caught his attention because

“He is always smiling and has a positive attitude. What really stands out to me always is that Femi is self motivated and trains real hard, with integrity and intensity.”

Femi has gotten in better shape by becoming a great boxer:

“I like sparring the most, because I can apply what I’ve learned. Also hitting the bags and catching gloves.” 

When asked how he sees himself 10 years from now, Femi replies simply, “Living well.”

 

 

Written by: Andrea Cebreros

Dec 31

December Knockout!

This month our coaches chose Mauricio Campa, 13, as our December Knockout!

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Mauricio has been with us for three months, and in that short time he has demonstrated a great work ethic, discipline and enthusiasm. He is part of the TAM tutoring program, which he likes because he gets help with his homework. When asked about his experiences with us, Mauricio responded,

“One of the activities that is challenging to me is push ups, but in the future, it will help me stay in shape. [DPBC] is giving me self defense and discipline. The person who inspired me to go to boxing is my uncle, after he took me a few times to boxing in Mexico.”

Ten years from now, Mauricio sees himself becoming a computer engineer.

Keep up the awesome work!

 

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Written by Andrea Cebreros

Nov 27

Meet Judith Garcia, November Knockout!

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Judith and her younger brother, Abel Garcia, have been at Double Punches for about 3 years. She wanted to join for the workout, and to meet new people. The coaches chose Judith as the Knockout of the month because

” She is a great athlete, and one of the hardest working members of the club. She is an example to others, always with a positive attitude and willing to help out when needed; helping others improve their techniques.” 

Judith also enjoys playing volleyball, and having a fun time with her friends. The one workout she dislikes are the weight exercises, but she knows she has to do it to be stronger. When asked where she sees herself in the near future, the fourteen year old says,

“I see myself in a good place, and still in boxing, graduating from high school. [Double Punches] has benefited me a lot because I could stay in shape and get good grades at school while learning a lot of boxing skills. The one person who inspires me is Richard, because he pushes me to do the right thing, and helps me a lot.”

Judith is currently getting ready for possibly debuting in her first fight in the future, so stay tuned!

 

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Written by Andrea Cebreros