Osawatomie Boxing Club Teaches Children Lifelong Lessons | Louisbourg


OSAWATOMIE – Boys and girls learn a lot in the ring with the Osawatomie Boxing Club.

Coach Karl Kroen shares a passion for boxing and offers more than boxing instruction, but lessons of a lifetime.

Kroen grew up in boxing. It has helped him to be the man he is today, and the club is a way for him to give back to the sport that has given him so much.

Kroen was Golden Gloves champion at the age of 14. He still boxes, having recently participated in Masters tournaments in 2010 and 2012.

AJ Kane, a third grader at Sunflower Primary School in Paola, won his first bout as a club member and is training for his second.

Being a part of the club teaches him not only to box and defend himself, but also to be a good person, said his mother, Lacey Kane.

“Anyone who knows AJ knows he’s very energetic, loves sports and can be a bit annoying,” she said. “Boxing has been such a great experience for him because he’s not just learning to box, he’s learning lessons that will stay with him his entire life. One of the first things Coach Karl told the kids was that boxers were gentlemen. They have shown good manners and take care of themselves and others. It really stuck with AJ.

“It has been such a big thing for him, not only for the physical component, but also for channeling his emotions and expressing them in a suitable setting under the guidance of his coach,” said Kane. “Boxing teaches him self-defense, responsibility and responsibility. We are very grateful to Karl and OZone for bringing this program to our community. “

Although this is a new program, the Osawatomie Boxing Club is growing rapidly.

More than a dozen children and their parents stopped by Osawatomie High School on Saturday, October 16 for a special boxing club introductory session.

Osawatomie Boxing Club is designed to teach the sport of amateur boxing to children aged 8-18 to gain confidence, skill and healthy exercise.

Boxing isn’t just for boys either. More and more girls are entering the sport, and it has a lot to offer them too, Kroen said.

“We invite girls and boys to join us,” he said. “The popularity of female combatants is growing very quickly. “

Liz Collett, a seventh grade student at Prairie View, got into the sport through her school and trains with the Osawatomie Boxing Club.

“My favorite part of the club is probably how pushed to my limits,” said Liz. “I don’t have one, but it’s fun to be pushed hard. Boxing is tough, yes, but it’s also a lot of fun, and our coaches are awesome.

“I learned a lot,” she says. “Boxing made me more confident just to talk to people. I used to feel held back and scared, but since I started boxing I’ve really opened up and haven’t had this scared little kid anymore.

“We are sanctioned by USA Boxing and our trainers are certified by USA Boxing,” Kroen said.

Kroen has a bronze level coaching certificate from USA Boxing. He is training to earn his silver level coaching certificate.

He has many years of amateur boxing experience. Kroen knows the safety precautions, skills needed, and training experience to help kids succeed.

Participants have the opportunity to participate in competitive fights as their training progresses, Kroen said.

Students at the club and those attending the demonstration had the opportunity to practice with punching bags, jump ropes, and a helicopter drill where a boxer holds his arms outstretched to either side and them. other ducks under the arms as they pass.

Boxers use a helmet and large gloves in practice for safety due to the contact nature of the sport.

“Amateur boxing is one of the safest amateur sports there is,” Kroen said. “It is very supervised and regulated. Our coaches are certified to train. It is not a fight club. It’s a boxing gym.


Trainings take place from 6.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturdays are from 10:30 am to noon. Practices begin with group training, Swedish gymnastics and skill building. The second part of the practice is the individual work, the mastery of the form and the passage through the stations. The third part of the practice is partner training, work on footwork and coordination skills, and more advanced children who are ready to train individually with constant supervision.


An initial six-week course is organized by the Ozone Recreation Center.

After the first six weeks, the continuation of the boxing program is organized by head coach Karl Kroen.


The Oz Amature Boxing Club is a non-profit organization registered with USA Boxing, the regulatory body for amateur boxing in the United States.

“The funds paid monthly will go into a savings account as we save for our own ring to organize fights here in Osawatomie,” Kroen said.

Sanctions fights

Sanctioned fights require a certain uniform code. The fighter / parents must provide the following: uniform: $ 40- $ 60; American Boxing Approved Headwear: $ 60 to $ 80; USA Boxing registration for the boxer: $ 65; and cup / protector: $ 15.

These are all one-time costs and in the future in more fights there will be no more costs like these. There is no registration fee to participate in the fights.

To travel

Occasionally, the club will make road trips for competitive tournaments. Travel costs are the responsibility of the parents / combatants. Overnight stays may be involved in some of the events.

Communication Clubs

The club announced training cancellations on its facebook page, Oz Boxing Club, which is posted at 3 p.m. on training days.

Volunteer coaches

Volunteer coaches are needed and appreciated. It doesn’t take a lot of knowledge to help train this sport. Volunteer coaches obtain a fee waiver for their child for their time contribution. It’s a great way to help your child and other kids as well, Kroen said.


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