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Dont Forget! Tonight is our Fruits off The Vine Event! It is a wine and smoothie tasting event. Cost is $5 per person. The event starts at 6pm, and lasts until 8pm.


Jul
11
ROCKSTEADY BOXING KANSAS CITY IS ON THE NEWS!!

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We are excited to announce that KSHB 41 came out and did a special on our parkinson’s boxing program. When KSHB heard about the hardwork, and dedication of our boxers, they had to see for themselves. We are so appreciative of everyone who was able to share their stories with the news. It is because of you all, that we are successful as a gym and community. See the link below!

HTTP://WWW.KSHB.COM/NEWS/HEALTH/PARKINSONS-PATIENTS-USING-BOXING-CLASSES-TO-FIGHT-EFFECTS-OF-THE-DISEASE


Jul
01
“JUST DON’T GIVE UP ON ME, OK?”

This Rock Steady thing has been an interesting journey. Many people have said “its a really wonderful thing you’re doing.”, “You are really doing something good for those people…”I humbly nod in agreement but internally think about the people I’m working with.

There are those who have has PD for a few months and those who have had it for decades. In that time there have been all levels of life stress and change. Spouses have left or passed on. Jobs have ended by choice or not. children have grown, graduated, married, and had their own children. Things that should be considered happy and joyous times carry a stress that most cannot understand. What if i can’t walk down the aisle without free...


Jun
22
RSB KC FEATURED IN THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Our very own, Sarrisa Curry along with some of her boxers, was recently featured in the Kansas City Star. Below is a screen shot of the article. Click the link on the bottom of the page to read the entire article.

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Jun
22
“THEY LOOK LIKE GOOD, STRONG HANDS….DON’T THEY” THE ROCK BITER

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Recently I began working with a gentleman names Osric. He goes by Kirk but he lets me call him Osric- because it is the coolest name ever…
He is a tall man with dark skin, peppered black hair, broad shoulders and blue eyes. He has a soft voice-thanks to Parkinson’s, a big smile- despite Parkinson’s and a gentle spirit.

His first session was all about learning the basics of boxing training. He did most of his exercises seated because his legs sometimes get stuck to the floor and really tired. As i was teaching him technique and form he said something that immediately burned a vision of him in my mind. He sighed as his hands dropped heavily into his lap. “I just can’t believe how weak I am. I used to be so strong.”

This man sitting before me reminded me exactly of the Rock Biter from the movie The Never Ending Story. His strong shoulders bearing the weight of “The nothing” an ominous cloud that is swallowing up everything in Fantasia. No one knows how to stop the nothing. There is no cure. It is similar to Parkinson’s Disease in that way.

In the movie it is a simple fix that requires a human boy to overcome his father’s voice telling him to get his head out of the clouds, to keep his feet on the ground. He finally yells into the storm and saves Fantasia. At Rock Steady, the ominous opponent is Parkinson’s, the fix is to fight the disease at every point. To believe that no matter what place you are in- you still have a voice to shout, strength to punch, march, stand, and move, and fight to keep a quality of life that includes happiness, confidence, and friends. Lots of them. Like the Rock Biter- Osric will meet many good friends along the way- a racing snail, a crazy bat, and many more.


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