Jonathan’s fitness journey began at the age of 12 when he began working out in his parents’ apartment. He started off with only a pull-up bar and two 20-pound dumbbells. He began getting interested in martial arts around the age 13. At 16, he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. Jonathan currently holds the rank of Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Guybson Sa. He is also in training for upcoming fights in the area.
My personal mantra: “Courage cannot exist without fear.”
My training style is: authentic
My why: I thought it would be a fun experience. Also, I love to bring something beneficial to others’ lives.
What gives me my fighting spirit: My fighting spirit comes from my family. I have been surrounded by competitiveness my whole life.
Nick G has been an athlete since high school. Playing football, baseball and wrestling helped him get into the love of working out and wanting to stay fit. His love for working out started around the time he graduated from high school. Weightlifting became a big part of his lifestyle. During that time, he started college, where he majored in welding technology and minored in business. While in college he started a full-time welding job that he has been working at for the last four years. Even with school and a full-time job he continued with working out every chance he could. After a few years into his fitness journey a friend of his suggested boxing to help take his fitness to the next level. He feels that during these last eight months he has grown both physically and mentally. His natural athleticism and outgoing personality aided in his transition from TITLE member to TITLE trainer.
My personal mantra: “Do you want to be great or mediocre?”
My training style is: heart
My why: Boxing has helped me elevate my athleticism and helped me to reach personal goals. Now I want to give back and help people elevate and surpass their goals and expectations too.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Being a role model to my siblings and younger family members. Also, just being able to inspire everyone that I surround myself with.
Wayne “Nitro” entered into martial arts at the age of 2 years old. Through the teachings from his father, he was introduced to Aikido, Judo, and Karate. Wayne officially began taking Karate at the age of 5. With 20 years of experience under his belt, he is now a 4th degree black belt and has 3 NBL World Championships in Kumite. Wayne enjoys learning new combative art forms. It is not just about the sport of fighting for him, it is the honor of passing down the knowledge and philosophies that can be used in every day life.
My personal mantra: "You Can Do It!" This phrase may be cliche'd and overused, but it is the most powerful mantra that one can posses.
My training style is: Transforming
My why: I hope to change the lives of individuals the same as it was changed for me. I want to help people become the best versions of themselves.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Fear of failure gives me my fighting spirit. I base my life on being as successful as possible.
Lauren is a nursing student who grew up enjoying being active in the Florida sun. She loves animals, baking, the beach, and music. She has always been active in her community, volunteering, and organizing charitable events. In her younger years, she volunteered at hospitals and nursing homes. In college, she was very active in Domestic Violence Awareness, while volunteering at a local women’s shelter. In college, she also held the position of Vice President of Intellectual Development, where she tutored and assisted over 200 women reach their academic goals. When she’s not studying, you can find her at the front desk or training in the club! Lauren’s passion for Title Boxing Club grew when she joined as a member and got to experience all that TITLE has to offer. As a trainer, she loves seeing the members push themselves harder each and every class, supporting them along the way.
My personal mantra: “The only limits that exist are the ones we create ourselves.”
My training style is: Energetic
My why: As a former member, I got to experience what TITLE has to offer for every person who enters the club. My life was changed for the better, and I wanted to be apart of that process and positivity. So, why not become a trainer? Plus, it’s so FUN!
What gives me my fighting spirit: My fighting spirit is so deep within my DNA, and it is all thanks to my mom. She not only taught me what a real strong woman is, she showed me how to become one. Thanks, Mom!
Bryan was first introduced to sports by his dad and started playing soccer at age 3. He continued to play soccer until his junior year in high school when he picked up lacrosse and wrestling. Bryan made 1st Team All defense in his junior and senior years and was recruited by Belmont Abbey. After coming back to Columbia, Bryan joined the Title Boxing Club and in two short months, he was asked if he’d be interested in teaching classes. That was over 3 years ago and he hasn’t looked back!
My personal mantra: "Do not pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. Make no excuses."
My training style is: Energetic, Authentic
My why: To have a chance to not only work out and box, but to be able to create friendships and fellowships with others. I also love being able to help someone reach their goals; whether it's maintianing their fitness, losing weight, or becoming a better boxer.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Christ and my family. Both have always been there for me.
Stephanie has been a multi-sport athlete her whole life. Basketball, soccer, track, cross country,
snowboarding, and kickboxing are several of the sports she enjoys. In the 400 meter race in high
school, she held the region title for 2 years and broke the school record three times. After college,
kickboxing caught her attention. She was the head trainer and manager of a kickboxing gym for
several years where she received the “Best Trainer of the Year” award two years in a row.
My personal mantra: “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”
My training style is: Connected.
My why: I became a trainer at title boxing because I love the sport, but also because I love to see how boxing can change people’s lives physically and mentally.
What gives me my fighting spirit: I was born with a competitive, fighting spirit, and have always set high goals to crush in my life.
Seth is a long-time martial artist and former professional martial arts instructor with a fourth-degree blackbelt in Kenpo. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, has previously taught at Harvard Law, and currently teaches in the area of criminal law and policing at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Seth has been a part of our TBC family for three years already and is now stepping up to the mic because combining his love of teaching with the fun of being around the dedicated, enthusiastic TITLE Boxing Club members was a no-brainer!
My personal mantra: If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you!
My training style is: Energetic
My why: I love teaching and I've missed instructing in this type of setting. TITLE helps to fulfill that passion.
Najeeb began training in martial arts and combat sports at the age of 5 with Tae Kwon Do. He then moved on to other traditional martial arts styles from the ages of 11-14. He began wrestling in high school which lead him to begin training in mixed martial arts at Li MMA in New York. Najeeb moved to Columbia, SC in 2015 where he began training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA. He became a Title trainer in 2017. Najeeb currently holds a record of 9-1 in BJJ and is ranked 11th in the featherweight division in MMA in South Carolina. Najeeb was promoted to Lead Trainer in early 202o.
My personal mantra: Nobody cares, work harder!
My training style is: Authentic
My why: After years of being an athlete and martial artist, and having some of the most influential coaches, I wanted to do the same in paying it forward to others through instructing and motivating my clients.
What gives me my fighting spirit: Just my competative nature. To work harder than anybody and to be better than I was the day before.
Alisa started taking Tae Kwon Do her freshman year in college and earned her first-degree black belt just after graduation. She then went on to take up Kenpo Karate and kickboxing and has dabbled in several other forms of martial arts including Judo, Hapkido, Aikido, and Arneis. When Alisa and her family moved to Columbia in 2014 she started working out at a local gym and quickly decided that she wanted to pursue a career in the fitness industry. Three months later she made that goal a reality and spent 2.5 years as a trainer for her first gym. During that time, she received the Trainer of the Year award and attended a Master Trainer Certification seminar. In the spring of 2017, she joined the Title Boxing Club Columbia family and has moved up from assistant manager to general manager to the owner of the Title Boxing Club Columbia location. Alisa has a passion for teaching and loves helping her clients achieve their health and fitness goals. She also enjoys instructing members on the benefits of flexibility and mobility. Alisa’s goal is to make her clients more “invincible” through proper functional range conditioning training because “motion” is “lotion”!
My personal mantra: Strive for progress, not perfection. We are all working on becoming better versions of ourselves and that process never really ends. Being "perfect" is not the goal. The goal is to be better than you were yesterday.
My training style is: Fun, Energetic, Connected
My why: Part of what I enjoy most about being in the fitness industry in general and a boxing instruction in particular is learning from people who are better than me. I am always working to improve my skill set so that I can be a better and more effective trainer for my clients and I knew that coming to TITLE would give me the opportunity to connect with people who would be able to help me grow. My background is primarily in martial arts and kickboxing, so getting the chance to work with such skilled boxers is a real bonus for me. Also, I love to teach and am looking forward to sharing skills that are more in my wheelhouse with them as well.
What gives me my fighting spirit: I think a great deal of my fighting spirit comes from the fact that I'm short. At only five feet tall, I feel like I am easily underestimated and I like changing people's assumptions about tiny women. I am much tougher and fiercer than I appear at first glance!
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Friday August 13, 2021
Derrin has been a member of the Title Boxing Club – Sandhill for a little over a year now, is already down 50 lbs, and feels amazing! He’s looking forward to continuing to hit his fitness goals and to growing with the Title Family. Favorite Skills: “I really love throwing the hook. Just hitting the bag with those hooks and learning that it’s not all shoulder; you need to use your hips and legs. When I first came here my punches were a joke and now, I really feel like I can move the bag a lot.” The Trainers: “I love the variety because each of the trainers has their own thing. They each bring a certain twist to the workout and change it up on a daily basis. That allows you to come every day so you don’t just get tired of the same monotony, which I love!” The...
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!
Can I try a class before joining?
Of course you can take classes before purchasing a membership. We have drop-in rates for single classes, three or six classes. These are great for people who travel often or want to try us out. You can choose our best value option and commit to a membership any time.