Bill Taylor’s Murfreesboro Boxing Lessons a Big Hit

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Mindy Levy’s slender body danced around a punching bag, jabbing and dodging rhythmically as it swayed with every punch.

“It’s exciting, that’s for sure,” Levy said, bouncing her blond ponytail up and down. “And the training is great.”

Every Thursday, Levy swings out at Champion’s Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym in Murfreesboro, part of Bill Taylor’s Bushido School of Karate.

Owner Bill Taylor teaches alongside former amateur kickboxer Paul Caruthers, whose booming voice barked orders like a drill sergeant.

Mindy Levy reacts as she practices her defensive boxing techniques in class at the Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate’s Champion’s Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

“Get that jab out! Get it back quickly!

Keep that chin tucked in. Be aware of your surroundings.’

As Caruthers speaks, he punches the air, showing proper form.

Six months ago, Champion’s Corner was little more than a storage area at the old karate school.

Return to boxing roots

“We just looked at it and thought we could do more and use this space,” says Taylor, a former professional kick boxer (24-6).

He tapped Caruthers to help teach.

Now there are more than a dozen punching bags hanging from the ceiling, a speed bag and an official boxing ring where students spar – although no one has to compete against another boxer.

More than 25 years ago, the karate school had a boxing gym. The program produced state and national champion fighters. But in 1995 the boxing center closed.

“I’ve always loved boxing and kickboxing and honestly I just missed it and got nostalgic about doing it again,” said Taylor, who retired from the professional arena and focused on karate school.

Paul Caruthers demonstrates proper technique for kicking the heavy sack as his son Bryson Caruthers practices in the background at the Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate's Champion's Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

Paul Caruthers demonstrates proper technique for kicking the heavy sack as his son Bryson Caruthers practices in the background at the Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate’s Champion’s Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

The response to Champion’s Corner has been phenomenal, Taylor said.

“It’s the best workout in the world. Swimming, wrestling and boxing use every muscle in your body,” Taylor said.

There is a motley crew of students of all genders and a wide range of ages, with different motivations.

“It’s for all walks of life — older people, younger people. It keeps you in shape,” said Conner Green, a former triathlete who hit the gym during his freshman semester at Middle Tennessee State University as a way to get fit. to stay and have fun.

Fourteen-year-old Patrick Valentine enjoys the social aspect of boxing, but he is also interested in increasing strength and stamina so that he can play sports.

“It’s definitely the highlight of my day,” Green said as sweat poured down his head as he took a break from training.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life in terms of stamina.”

Boxing was a great stress reliever for Levy, a mother of four and a small business owner.

“I feel better than I’ve ever felt,” said Levy, who lost 60 pounds through karate over the past few years and now boxing.

In addition to coached boxing classes, which are offered five days a week, club members have access to the gym during office hours.

Groen often sports four or five times a week. Usually, Levy comes in to work on punching skills after dropping kids off at school.

“This is part of taking care of myself. I want to be there for my kids. But it’s such a fun sport and it gives me what I need to be healthy and feel strong,” said Levy, one of the few women at the gym.

Levy also likes the mental challenge.

“It’s like a puzzle,” she said. “You have to figure out (how to move) very quickly and the more you do it, the better you see it.”

The monthly rate of Champion’s Corner is $89. Membership also includes unlimited participation in all cardio kickboxing classes at both BSK locations.

Taylor also has a “sampler tray” for $69 that gives students a week of cardio kickboxing, a week in the boxing gym, and a week of karate.

Visit championscornerboxing.com for more information.

Conner Green punches Kenneth Nichols as they spar and Bill Taylor leads the match at the Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate's Champion's Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

Conner Green punches Kenneth Nichols as they spar and Bill Taylor leads the match at the Bill Taylor Bushido School of Karate’s Champion’s Corner Boxing and Kickboxing Gym on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

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