From Our Editors
Inside the multistyle fighting gym at The House of Hardknocks Boxing, heavy bags sway and medicine balls roam throughout the full gym and training areas. Head trainer Tim Connors, 2007 World Combat League Champion and MVP, and his team of instructors guide students through boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial-arts classes. Connors, who holds a 9–1 professional boxing record and 12–1 professional kickboxing record, imparts wisdom gained through his own personal experience as he teaches ground techniques and practical methods for defending oneself against gangs of punching bags. Classes are guided by the Art of O'Conn, a specialty training system that enhances lessons with conditioning and skill drills such as practicing breathing techniques to help students to develop discipline, confidence, balance, and precision.