Welcome To Turners Boxing Club's
youth & development program
Positive Opportunities & Support Systems
Turner Boxing Gym and Youth Development Program seeks to help individuals, young and old, to achieve their personal best through boxing, self-defense, and wellness training.
We are a community-based program that mentors youth to build positive self-esteem & self-confidence and empowers them to make safe, healthy life decisions. Our team strives deter youth from risky behaviors and provide them with positive opportunities and support systems to develop professional excellence.
Our Future is Our Children
Our vision of Turner Boxing Gym and Youth Development Program aspires to empower, equip, and inspire generations to be champions through the sport of boxing both inside and outside the ring.
Benefits of Boxing
There are numerous benefits to participating in the program that we offer. Some of the specifics benefits of boxing are listed below
It builds self-confidence as well as physical strength
In addition to building physical strength, boxing can help our participants feel more powerful mentally and gives them a fighting spirit to enable them to deal with life’s challenging situations. Recently Prince Harry openly talked about his battle with mental health and how he sought refuge in the boxing ring to help him overcome the death of his mother. He is one of many who has seen immense benefits that boxing can bring. Boxing can also instill a sense of achievement which builds confidence and self-esteem. Many of the mental skills that you will learn in boxing can be effectively used outside of the ring; understanding your opponents finding your fighting style and mastering your defense, could help both at work and in your social work.
It can help you manage anger and overcome it
Hitting a punching bad can be a physical and symbolic expression of stress or anger. Physically, hitting a punching bad produces a response in your body that helps to relieve tension. Boxing, especially in a group setting, is a safe way to release tension or aggression without hurting yourself or others, helping you work through any negative feelings and effectively overcome them.
It's an excellent form of stress relief and stimulates endorphin production
Physical activity is a known stress reducer; runners experience the phenomenon of a ‘runner’s high’ and boxing is no different. When working out in the punching bag, your brain increases the production of endorphins, the neurotransmitters that create ‘feel-good’ thoughts. Punching helps to relieve muscle tension that can build when you experience stress. As you continue to punch, you will find your focus is improved, increasing your concentration and helping you forget the reasons why you are stressed.
It promotes mental discipline and emotional fortitude
Boxing can help you strengthen the tools necessary to manage your emotions and how you respond to various challenges. Our intense training sessions require the participant to overcome numerous physical, mental and oftentimes emotional challenges during each workout. As a result, the skills developed in the gym have great overlap in the tools needed to succeed in the real world. In addition, with a focus on the body and mind, boxing can improve your ability to find inner peace and patience to trigger less anger frequently.
You can switch off from the outside world and be present in the moment
Boxing requires you to fully concentrate on the task at hand. To box well, you need to be able to switch off from the outside world and be 100% focused. Boxing is fast, furious and fun, leaving little room in your head for anything else. Being able to avert daily stresses can help you truly take time out, giving you a fresh perspective to better deal with problems or issues that are bothering you.
Turner Boxing Gym History
The concept of what is now Turner Boxing Program began in the summer of 2016. The gym hopes to open in the late 2019 or early 202. We are requesting funding to assist with launching a boxing program and self-defense training.
Gonzell Turner, Jr
Gonzell Turner is an Army Veteran and a certified USA Boxing trainer. He is passionate about boxing and strives to impart his knowledge about the sport, and about life to his students. Having trained since the age of 10, Mr. Turner has developed talent and gyms across the United States (San Diego, California, Fort Hood, Texas, and Washington D.C.) and in Germany while serving in the U.S. Army. Early on in life, Gonzell overcame enormous challenges with the untimely death of his father. At the age of 12, he moved with his mother to Somerdale, NJ and begun getting into a lot of fights. In order to channel his frustration and get onto a better path, he joined the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he turned to boxing, Taekwondo, and Akido. This began a lifelong journey to learn the art of body movement and self-discipline that can be found in these various sports, with boxing as his passion. After joining the Army, Gonzell began to perfect the boxing techniques he learned. He also improved his discipline and confidence as both a fighter and a trainer.
His training methodoloy is heavily focused on developing proper techniques and sharpening the mental and emotional skills that are required to succeed at the highest level. Once a foundation of proper skill and technqiue is obtained, the student can then learn the skilled science of punching and counter-punching, slipping, and feigning to elude being hit and set-up overhands, hooks, and upper cuts. Gonzell incorporates many of the well-known boxing styles within his training including the famous Peak-A-Boo style (Mike Tyson), Philly Shell (Floyd Mayweather) and Pivot/Precision (Vasyl Lomananchenko), to name a few. By incorporating these different styles, students are introduced to a wide array of techniques and philosophies they can reference as they develop their own style and approach.