TITLE Boxing Club

Forest Hills

69-40 Austin St, Forest Hills, NY 11375 347-960-9595 Open Today: 5:30am - 10:00pm Monday: 5:30am - 10:00pm Tuesday: 5:30am - 10:00pm Wednesday: 5:30am - 10:00pm Thursday:5:30am - 10:00pm Friday: 5:30am - 8:30pm Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm Sunday: 7:30am - 4:00pm

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Veronica

When Veronica was three years old her parents signed her up for ballet.  She spent the entire class jumping and tumbling, ignoring the teachers instructions to point her toes and twirl.  When her parents came to pick her up, the teacher strongly suggested they sign her up for gymnastics, and thus Veronica was forced to hang up her ballet slippers.  And because of her boundless energy, Veronica not only enjoyed engaging in gymnastics, she was simultaneously on her community swim team, as well as the soccer team competing on a regular basis.  From the age of 5 until she was 13, Veronica was the only girl on her Little League baseball team as their pitcher, facing off against all male pitchers on opposing teams.  It was not unusual to hear fathers in the bleachers call out warnings to their sons on the other teams not to underestimate her just because they were playing against a girl.  When she aged out of the League, she went on to join an all girls softball team. Early in elementary school, Veronica had begun training in Kempo Karate and would spend hours working on her jabs and kicks, much to her parents’ dismay who wanted her to spend more time on her school work.  Veronica’s continued discipline and dedication to pushing her body beyond its limits from an early age sealed her life’s work to help others achieve optimum health.

My personal mantra:
You don't get the ass you want by sitting on it.

My training style is:
Transforming

My why:
I love helping others accomplish their goals.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
Being a woman.

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DaMond

DaMond Taylor started boxing at the age of 13 in Albany, NY. His first boxing coach was Mike Tyson’s best friend’s dad, Ray Holloway. Early in his career, DaMond won a novice Golden Glove Championship in the North Adirondacks.

Wanting to pursue his two passions: boxing and acting, DaMond came to New York City and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, all the while continuing to box, fighting out of the old Kingsway Boxing Gym (formerly on 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan). DaMond also spent over ten years working as a youth development worker where he mentored and taught young people in the creative arts, boxing/fitness, leadership, and social justice.

DaMond continues to mentor young people in his spare time. He currently attends Columbia University’s School for General Studies, where he is completing his bachelor’s degree. DaMond enjoys writing, boxing, and acting. He has even landed a guest role on Law and Order: Criminal Intent as a boxer/murder suspect!

He is very excited to be part of the TITLE FoHi team.

My personal mantra:
Life is to be lived and love is to be expressed. My love is boxing, so I live it.

My training style is:
Connected

My why:
I want to contribute to creating happy, healthy people, in hopes that it becomes the world we all live in.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
The belief that I create what I want and anything worth having, I'm going to have to fight for, both internally and externally.

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Adrian

Adrian Czmielewski (pronounced “chmeyl-ef-ski”) began martial arts at the young of age of 6. Originally from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, Adrian grew up with a love for all forms of eastern combat disciplines.

When Adrian turned 16, he began studying other forms of martial arts (Shotokan, Kyokushinkai, and Muay Thai) and became an avid competitor. Adrian went to Midwest Academy in Iowa, where he also wrestled on the school team, making him no stranger to strict discipline and dedication. He has been in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) cage three times, and has won every time!

In 2010, Adrian graduated from Hunter College in New York with a degree in economics, but it’s his love of challenging physical limits that drives him. That same year, he earned his blue belt in Ju-Jitsu. He is certified as a boxing and kickboxing instructor, as well as in CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

Adrian enjoys skydiving, motorcycles, but mostly MMA, which he continues to train in and hopes to enter the cage again.

If you want a rigorous workout with a focus on precise technique, come train with this relentless trainer!

My personal mantra:
"Only the good exists"

My training style is:
Energetic

My why:
To help my clients reach peak performance

What gives me my fighting spirit:
Bison Power!

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Joe

Joe Zanca was five when his parents put him into Karate for self-defense. Joe had a slight build, but his tenacity and strength helped him forge ahead and as he grew physically, he became a force to be reckoned with.

Joe became interested in boxing after playing a Fight Night videogame. His neighbor was a pro boxer, Mustafa “The Proper Dropper”, and Joe began training with him in 2005.

In 2006, Joe was exposed to Muay Thai and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), which he immediately fell in love with. His training repertoire was further expanded in 2010 with the introduction of Brazilian Ju-Jitsu at the Carmine Zocchi Academy.

Joe has been in 7 Ju-Jitsu competitions and in the MMA cage 4 times, including the Ring of Combat, which has sent more fighters to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) than any other promotion. He is a gold-medal winner in two Grapplers Quest Tournaments (2011 and 2013), and a medalist at both the Big Apple Open and IBJJF (International Brazilian Ju-Jitsu Federation) New York Open. His grappling record is 15-3.

A native of Queens, Joe attended Nassau and Queens Colleges and holds dual degrees in economics and finance, and minors in exercise science and nutrition. He played college baseball and football.

Joe is currently an MMA assistant coach, training two fighters for EFC (Extreme Fighting Championship) for a chance at the title. He spends his time training hard and hopes to be back in the cage later in 2016.

What’s his style of training? “High energy! High Intensity!” You can definitely count on being pushed to your limit!

My personal mantra:
Be the best version of yourself.

My training style is:
Energetic

My why:
To be the best in the world at what I do.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
Second place is first place loser.

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Moses

Moses Vered’s love for boxing began after working with former World Champions, Agapito Sanchez, Vivian Harris, and Joan Guzman. At the time, Moses was still in college at St. John’s University in NY, working toward his bachelor’s degree in communications.

Shortly after graduating in 2004, he began working as an event coordinator and publicity for numerous promoters within the professional boxing industry, further propelling his interest in the sport. Following his passion, Moses decided to begin his career in fitness and body-work and went on to receive not only his personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), but he also holds a certification in Performance Enhancement Specialization (PES). Additionally, his area of expertise includes endurance, flexibility, and boxing fundamentals. Today Moses is the conditioning coach for former World Junior Lightweight Champion, Argenis Mendez.

Moses’ most recent endeavor was to expand his knowledge of the holistic physique by enrolling at the Swedish Institute in New York City, where in 2011 he graduated as a licensed massage therapist. His specialties are Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, chair, and sports massages.

Moses’ training style can be best described as focusing on proper boxing techniques, while creating a challenging, yet fun experience for his students and clients.

My personal mantra:
You are capable of more than you realize.

My training style is:
Challenging

My why:
I do what I do so people can live their lives bigger, faster, stronger.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
My fighting spirit comes from my endless drive to be anything but average.

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Justin

Growing up, Justin Navarro was a very active kid. He participated in various sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football, always incorporating calisthenics to enhance his athletic performance.

Fitness became a therapeutic outlet for him as an adolescent. He used exercise to help him through any trouble he had. It wasn’t until after high school that he started experimenting with various martial arts. He took up boxing and wrestling, was instantly hooked, and has never looked back. Competing mainly in kickboxing, he holds an undefeated record of 4-0. However, he is currently shifting his focus to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts).

Justin has been a personal trainer since 2008 and holds two national training certifications, as well as certificates in kettlebell and pre- and post-natal fitness training.

My personal mantra:
Look good, perform better.

My training style is:
Energetic

My why:
Aspire to inspire before I expire.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
The Bushido Code. The way of the samurai.

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Crystal

A Las Vegas, native, Crystal’s commitment to physical and personal achievement through fitness has shaped how she navigates through life. “It is crucial to my development to cultivate skills that enable me to both inspire and educate our community. The attaining of those goals, both social and personally, creates a positivity that feeds back into the process, pushing me further.”

As a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer, Crystal’s goal is to develop a comprehensive understanding of expectations with clients. This is accomplished through collaborative communication grounded in open and honest dialogue, aimed at facilitating the clients’ identification of physical and personal goals.

Crystal mentored with AAU boxing & kickboxing coaches to establish standards and uniformity in amateur sport. “I was introduced to both the mental and physical challenges presented in the development of discipline, to counterbalance and utilize flexibility.” Crystal is an experienced and registered yoga teacher. “I learned the value of a humble approach, developed non attachment to emotional vices, and honed skills to triage and navigate overwhelming situations.”

In addition, Crystal is committed to staying current with industry certifications as they pertain to performance enhancement, corrective exercise, as well as the many technique-specific methods using TRX and kettlebell certifications.

“My accomplishments are a direct reflection of my clients’ dedication. I have contributed to physiologic benefits, improved cardio-respiratory efficiency, increased metabolic efficiency, physical and performance benefits, strength, power, endurance, flexibility, speed, agility, and balance.”

Here’s to putting one foot in front of the other and loving the journey.

My personal mantra:
"If its not fun, its not worth doing. Make it fun!"

My training style is:
"Boring trainer"

My why:
"I love what I do"

What gives me my fighting spirit:
"There is always somebody who's better than you at what you do. Make sure you work harder than they do"

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Richie

Richie “The Bull” Melito began kickboxing at a very young age. He always had a love for physical activity, but it wasn’t until he began boxing that he realized it was his passion.

Making sure he didn’t neglect his studies and enriching his mind, Richie focused on schoolwork and graduated with a B.S. in business from St. Johns University. He did satiate his active side by playing college baseball.

After graduating from college, Richie decided to forgo a career in business and instead follow his passion by going into amateur boxing. After a 15-0 amateur career, scoring 12 KOs (knock outs), he went pro in August 1994. By March 1997, Melito had a record of 14 wins with 13 KOs. That same year, Richie was moved up in class and fought John Carlo, another undefeated fighter with a 12-0 record. Melito scored one of the most devastating boxing KOs, knocking out Carlo for 20 minutes. This won Richie the vacant NYS Title.

In July 1997, Richie went up against Bert Cooper for the WBF (World Boxing Federation) World Title. He suffered his first loss to Cooper, but that only made him more determined to fight harder. Richie brought his record up to 4-0 with 4 KOs, and in April 1999, fought Don Steele (record of 42-0) for the IBF (International Boxing Federation) USBA (United States Boxing Association) regional title. He dropped Steele in the third round, winning the title.

Melito went on to build his pro fighter record of 21-1 with 20 KOs, and was rated number 12 in the world by the IBF. He was signed by Don King Promotions and had 4 fights under Don King, winning all 4 with 3 KOs.

Richie still loves boxing, but his heart was stolen by his son, to whom he dedicates most of his time now.

An expert in his field, Richie’s style of teaching is methodical and classic. He does a full body workout in all his classes. It is a rare opportunity to have the chance to be trained by a professional with such an incredible history!

My personal mantra:
A quote from Muhammed Ali that says, "Don't count the days, make the days count."

My training style is:
Heart

My why:
My son

What gives me my fighting spirit:
Always trying to get better

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Clement

Clement Chu has been boxing since 2002. Working out has always been a part of Clement’s life, but it wasn’t until he was introduced to boxing that he realized he needed more of a challenge than that of a traditional gym. In 2009, Clement began Muay Thai kickboxing after attending a class with a world-renown Muay Thai fighter, Kru Aaron “The Ghost” Fisher, further expanding his interests in other forms of physical training.

In 2012, Clement began competing in amateur Muay Thai kickboxing matches around the country. He continues to develop his skills in boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing, (currently training with an international medalist in Mau Thai—Arjan Steve Milles) and hopes to continue competing.

Clement’s style of training is high energy. He likes to translate his love of boxing and kickboxing into motivating his students to push themselves past their personal limitations and to believe in themselves.

“I like to motivate and encourage members to push harder than if they were working out alone. As the physical results of the members’ hard work starts to show after a few weeks’ time, I really get a sense of personal satisfaction and pride in knowing I was a part of the process in helping them achieve their personal fitness goals (be it weight loss, overall better cardio, better physical conditioning, etc.). At the same time, I remind members that I am proud of them as they themselves had to dig deep and physically AND mentally exceed their own perceptions of their physical limits.”

My personal mantra:
"A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." - Lao Tzu

My training style is:
Authentic

My why:
Because I came to kick butt or chew gum... and I'm all out of gum.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
Turtle power!

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Rock

Raheem “Rock” Stevens started boxing at 13 in various gyms in Brooklyn for self-defense. He fell in love with boxing, and by the time he reached junior high, he had learned several techniques. By the time he was in high school, Raheem began sparring, putting what he learned to good use.

He loved watching The Ultimate Fighter and it inspired him to focus more on strength and conditioning. A few years after finishing high school, he started training in kickboxing. This led to his introduction to Brazilian Ju-Jitsu and him competing in several tournaments, one of which was an MMA fight.

Rock plans to continue training, learning, and refining his skills to compete in more MMA and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu tournaments.

My personal mantra:
"I'm a strong willed champion."

My training style is:
Authentic

My why:
Fighting is all I think about. It's my identity.

What gives me my fighting spirit:
My drive to succeed

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Our Club Leadership

Danny Azzo graduated from Richmond Upon Thames college in London, UK with a bachelors degree in business. After immigrating over to New York in 2008, Danny is now married to his beautiful wife, Sandra Azzo, sharing two amazing boys, Lucas and Oliver.

In 2012, Danny entered the franchising world of business with TITLE Boxing Club. A year later TITLE Boxing Club in Forest Hills opened it’s doors for the very first time in the state of New York. Today, and after a few years, Danny’s club has gained momentum, and built it’s reputation as a very well run facility, offering explosive Boxing and Kickboxing classes for all.

Danny’s passion for sports doesn’t stop at Boxing or even Kickboxing. Danny is an avid lover of football (soccer). At his very ripe age, he is still playing soccer for a local team in NYC. Danny also posses a professional UEFA “B” license in coaching demonstrating a keen eye to help others achieve their goals and learn how to become stronger while pushing for more.

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FAQ's

I’ve heard the classes are intense; do I need to be in great shape to do the workouts?

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out in a while or have never boxed before, you can finish the workout feeling great! You’ll see that everyone goes at their own pace, but believe us that once you’re here, you’ll be inspired to give it your very best!

I don’t want to get hit; is this a contact workout?

No—not ever! Each person in class has their own heavy bag to workout on, plus their own space to move around the bag. Trust us, you won’t even realize anyone else is in the class because you’ll be so focused on the workout! And, rest easy, we never allow sparring or fighting at TITLE Boxing Club.

What makes TITLE different than other fitness studios?

Boxing is a great workout, perhaps one of the most challenging of all sports, and we want to bring you the intensity of the training, minus the impact. We’ll teach you how to roll with the punches by pushing you further than you thought possible.

I’m new to boxing; will someone show me the basics?

You bet! All of our classes are taught by instructors who will show you the ropes from the beginning. We’ll help you wrap your hands and walk you through the basic fundamentals. Everyone in class is at a different level, so take a deep breath and go at your own pace!

Can I bring my children with me?

We do not offer childcare services at TITLE Boxing Club. However, children over the age of eight are welcome to work out with you here and join as a member! Ask us about our Family Membership options.

What do I need to bring to class? How early do I need to arrive?

Hand wraps are essential for your protection and mandatory for class. You can bring your own or buy them here. We’ll have gloves for you to borrow your first time, and you might want to bring a bottle of water and towel! Plan on arriving 20 minutes early so we can get you settled and wrap your hands.

I’ve never hit anything before. Will I hurt myself?

For a beginner, the most important thing is to learn the proper form. The good news is that we’ll teach you! As you progress, you’ll be able to throw several variations of punches from different positions and develop your own punching technique to fit your style. People are usually surprised at how much they love hitting the heavy bag!

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