“When I first started I wanted to minimize risk, so I went to a cheaper location,” Meza-Cuadra said. “When you’re in a cheaper location you’re on a road off the back road.”
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But through Facebook and word-of-mouth, Cuadra’s business has taken off since he opened the current location in November 2016, and now he’s moving to a more visible location. He hopes to start operating business from the Washington Twp. location next week and have an official opening in early September.
From children to professional fighters, Meza-Cuadra has about 30 regular clients. He also works with large groups like the Wright State University soccer team and other sports groups looking to add boxing into their weekly training routines.
The focus of the program he created himself is endurance, along with other skills. He’s had clients come and lose 30 pounds in the first three months, some want to tone and others are using boxing as a form of rehabilitation. Some of his customers are recovering from surgery and he’s had another with broken ribs.
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“I had to make sure I could do things that would not re-injure people, but would regain their mobility,” Meza-Cuadra said.
He also plans to expand his class offerings in the new space, including a new class intended to help raise the confidence of children who are bullied and one for patients with Parkinson’s Disease who could see improvements from practicing boxing skills.
Meza-Cuadra started practicing boxing in his basement when he was 14; that same year he started coaching his cousin. He also earned second place in the 1999 Chicago Golden Gloves.
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