Head Coach Karen: I started the first Rock Steady Boxing affiliate in the Pacific Northwest as a result of a) seeing Parkinson’s effect on my dad; b) hearing exercise could help; and c) my passion for striking sports – Muay Thai was first.
Coach Geof: I took classes in Shorin Ryu Karate for about a year when I was in my early 30s. Otherwise, I avoided exercise whenever possible. I’ve been in Rock Steady Boxing for a little over 2 years. I’m a certified RSB instructor.
My relevant experience: I taught screenwriting at the UW Extension for 12 years, with an emphasis on helping students hit clearly-defined goals (finish a first draft in 10 weeks).
I have Parkinson’s Disease so I know what the fighters are going through, and they know that. So I’m a coach, but I’m one of them, too.
Coach Tyler: I’ve been coaching kids’ Muay Thai since January 2016. Also have been a coach’s assistant in adult Muay Thai for a year and a half. I was raised with my grandparents and my grandma owned a gym, Cascade Health & Fitness, and she taught me correct form and how to use machines and everything starting as young as 4 and 5 (I was babysat at the gym so I was there all the time) and have been healthy and fit since (although there are still things she teaches me today as there is always more to learn). I started boxing 10 years ago and started Muay Thai kickboxing 2.5 years ago. I have fought in a ring/cage 4 times and still train for more.
Assistant Coach Raffy: My name is Raffy from Bellevue, WA. I am a volunteer of Rock Steady Boxing Seattle to get involved in something new that can be a real challenge for me in supporting my husband (who boxes in the program).