A Father's Thanks
Our sincerest thanks to Tim Beard for his moving words. We are humbled...
"A FATHER’S THANKS
It’s funny how things work out. I moved to Lutwyche due to a change in personal circumstances. Whilst this brought its share of difficulties, it was also a Godsend. If I hadn’t have moved to Lutwyche, my son would never have trained at the Corporate Box Gym.
He was nine years old at the time and a great young bloke. However, he had faced his share of adversity due to separated parents and the associated problems it can bring. Searching for something to interest him and also benefit him physically and emotionally, I walked into the Corporate Box Gym. I was met by Adam King, a professional Muay Thai fighter whose friendly manner immediately put me at ease. I soon found that this was a common theme in the gym. I soon met his brother “Shaggy” (Shannon) and several others who work together to make this the best gym I have ever seen.
It is often the case that “fighting gyms” are full of testosterone loaded gorillas who stare you down when you walk in. This does not happen at the Corporate Box. There is a friendly atmosphere and my son was made to feel very welcome. It was pleasing to see genuinely hard fighting men take him under their wings and talk kindly to him. Corporate types train comfortably alongside professional fighters and there is a never a sense of hostility or condescension. Weight training and personal training is also available. You don’t have to punch the bag or spar if that is not your thing. The great thing is that no one will think any less of you if you are not a fighter.
The gym has 4 Muay Thai fighters from Thailand who provide their expert assistance and personal training for all members. Rock, Moon, Yod and Apirak have had hundreds of fights between them, yet are not the slightest bit aggressive and seem to have smiles permanently on their faces. The kindness and help they have given to my son is beyond description, but I will try.
My son simply idolises them and has formed an especially close relationship with Roc. They have spent countless hours training him in not only Muay Thai, but in attitude and decency. Further, they are slowly teaching him about the Thai culture and language. Moon recently told me that my son is “our brother,” which brought a lump to my throat. Every day when my son enters the gym, he is part of a wonderful family. He is greeted by not just the wonderful Thais, but also all the others in the gym as if he was a family member. I often look up from my own training to see Shaggy, himself a world Muay Thai champion, gently giving my son some valuable advice. On other occasions, I will see a huge, tattooed heavyweight boxer with his arm around my son talking to him. There are no big heads at the Corporate Box. Revered fighters like Shaggy and “The Preacher” Bruce McPhie talk to everyone in a relaxed manner.
Since joining the Corporate Box family, my son has got very fit. Where I used to have to crowbar him off the couch, he now nags me to go to training. He has found a passion in life which is Muay Thai. This has not made him aggressive. Just the opposite, in fact. His behaviour and grades at school have improved dramatically and I give all the credit for this to the Corporate Box family.
Recently on his tenth birthday, I brought a cake into the gym to celebrate it. The entire gym stopped what they were doing to sing happy birthday to him. The fighters stepped out of the ring whilst the cake was cut and photos were taken. My son’s smile and delight is something I will never forget. We all shared the cake then before training resumed.
Corporate Box fighters obviously compete from time to time. Nearly all the gym members attend and support them. On each occasion, my son is taken into the inner sanctum of the fighters’ dressing rooms and included in the preparations. He then accompanies the trainers and is in the “corner” for the fights. The Thai fighters have even got him in the ring afterwards to celebrate their inevitable victories.
I could go on and on. Thank you Corporate Box from the bottom of my heart for what you have all done for my son. You have given him purpose and self- esteem and another family. I will forever be in your debt."
- Tim Beard 17 May 2014