Georgia Confident Initiative
To whom it may concern,
My name is Chris Jordan. I am a nationally ranked, licensed professional boxer, and a licensed/certified USA Boxing Coach. In the last few years I have seen an increase in participants who have been or still are victims to aggression in the school environment (bullying), and I have friends whose children are experiencing it now. They have turned to me and my boxing fitness program as a way to regain self-esteem and confidence. They would often say “Chris, I de-stress a lot in your class” or even go so far as calling me their psychotherapist. I deeply sympathize with these participants and would like to extend the service to those that may be in need. In fact, I have many friends who are in the boxing industry in places like Miami and Atlanta that work hand in hand with police departments using boxing fitness as an outlet for people who are being bullied.
My current goal is to promote a training initiative designed to establish self-esteem and reduce anxiety that may be induced by peer-aggression among teenagers. I will work with participants one-on-one, and teach them boxing skills. The one-on-one interaction serves as a confidence builder. As a coach and fighter, I understand how important it is to inspire, encourage, and mentor. The purpose of boxing training is not to make the participants “vigilantes” who counter violence with violence. Rather, it is a unique sport that boosts confidence and fosters a strong character. Confidence deters the feeling of isolation, the number one tool used by bullies.
In the training sessions I will include the use of hand mitts (also known as ‘focus pads’) and heavy bags, which are designed for agility training. Participants will learn a good stance, different types of punches, and head movements. They will learn to wrap their hands, improve hand-eye-foot coordination, reflexes, and overall get in better shape. Most importantly the training will stimulate their mind and give them an outlet for pent-up energy. They will never step into a ring or have punches thrown at them and will always be trained in a safe and productive, confidence-building environment.
I have been working in the boxing industry for the last decade and a half. I have worked for many different causes and philanthropies, including the 2004,05,06 “Fight For AIDS Awareness”, a USA Boxing Sanctioned Event benefiting AIDS Athens, and Bulldawg Brawl, which is an annual boxing event benefiting UGA Heroes, a philanthropy helping children whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS. I also helped organize Brawl For A Cause which is USA Sanctioned Boxing Event held annually at The Georgia Theater that benefits any philanthropy the boxer chooses such as The Wounded Warrior Project , Push Foundation, Humane Society, Miracle and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation among many others.
If you know of any students who might benefit from this program, I would appreciate it if you would bring it to their attention or that of their parents. Students are welcome to a free try-out session. We may work at a local gym in Athens at Five Points (Fitness@Five). Another option would be to work with them in their school. All is needed is a room and I will provide the rest of the equipment. Parents are encouraged to come, watch and even participate.
Thank you for your time.