Fighting Parkinson's disease through boxing at Escondido gym

Posted at 5:05 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 13:17:11-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif (KGTV) - Rock Steady Boxing in Escondido is taking the fight to Parkinson's disease. Trainer Marylene Rosa-Kuhlmann teaches a boxing class full of fighters with various stages of Parkinson's.

Marylene doesn't call her students patients, rather she emphasizes the word fighters.

"They are fighters because they fight for their lives. While we are waiting for a cure for Parkinson's, there is a program like this to help them on a daily basis," Marylene said.

Marylene says that boxing movements, such as hitting speed bags and heavy bags, helps with the symptoms of Parkinson's. The boxing actions and repetition, have helped the fighters regain better movement in their lives.

Many have seen great results, such as a better ability to tying their shoes, getting off the couch, and walking without the use of a device, such as a cane,

Marylene says her boxing class has been a blessing, and she is seeing miracles every day.

"To bring changes to peoples everyday lives is awesome," Marylene said.