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Up North: Boxing returns to Superior with first classes in decades

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: September 09, 2020 11:05 PM

Boxing has returned to Superior for the first time in decades. Inner Strength Martial Arts expanded their gym and brought on Duluth professional boxer Amy Lemenager as a coach for the new boxing classes. 

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Underneath their martial arts studio off Tower Avenue lies a brand new space. After about six months of preparation the gym, equipped with a mat, ring, and bags, opened for their first boxing class on Thursday, September 3rd.

"I usually always sent my students to other academies to learn their boxing," said Robert Mrotek, the owner of Inner Strength Martial Arts. "I figured it'd just be easier if I had it all under one roof, which no other academy has. I figured that everything that they need for their competitions and training, they could get right here at Inner Strength."

Mrotek said they began work on the new space in March and finished just 50 minutes before their first class. Around since 2009 Inner Strength has offered kick boxing, mixed martial arts, Jiu-Jitsu and more, but boxing is already a hit.

"It's really fun to see people in Superior, Duluth and the Twin Ports coming together to start up another boxing program," said boxing coach Amy Lemenager.  

"It's a good community here, instead of traveling across the bridge to box, so it's really good," said Northland boxer Bryce Scott. 

Not an expert in boxing himself, Mrotek called in four experienced coaches to run the classes. 

One new team member is Duluth pro boxer Amy Lemenager, who starts her knockout workouts with a warm up before getting to the gloves.

"We just did a lot of foot movement and hand placement and stuff like that," Lemenager said. "Just the basics to teach people boxing, just the first couple steps that you need to know."

The evening classes are open to aspiring boxers of all levels, including kids as young as 5 years old.

"It's going be awesome for people that just want to learn the art of boxing for self defense, get in shape, compete, or just be a part of something big," said Mrotek.

Boxer Bryce Scott was drawn to the sport for the cardio workout and to learn self defense. 

"I also want to learn how to defend myself and others, you know, my family, my friends," said Scott. "I mean you're never supposed to use training unless you really have to so that's why I'm here, and possibly to compete one day."

Inner Strength currently offers one hour boxing classes Monday through Friday from 5 to 6pm.

"It's a really good opportunity just to come try it out and see if you like it, just give it a chance. It's really awesome, it's a family here, so people are super nice and they'll include you," said Lemenager. 

To learn more about the classes, click here.

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Alicia Tipcke

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