NORWALK, Conn. — Glenn Katz and Shakha Moore were good friends growing up in Norwalk. After attending Wolfpit Elementary School together, they have remained in touch ever since.
Now, Katz, owner of Integrated Sports Training, and Moore, a professional boxer, have teamed up to bring training in the sport of boxing to East Norwalk.
The training is for athletes and the athletic-minded — no boxing experience required — and is available for those as young as 5 or 6 years old up to adults.
“You don’t have to be a boxer to learn how to box,” Katz said from his training facility Thursday.
Boxing training improves speed, agility and peripheral vision — all skills that can carry over to other sports.
“It benefits athletes and anyone interested in being in shape,” Katz said, adding that the training also builds confidence in younger athletes.
Boxing, of course, also benefits the heart as a high-intensity exercise. “The cardio aspect of the training is phenomenal,” Moore said.
The exercise also serves as a great stress reliever. It’s a way to unleash everyday frustrations in a safe environment, according to Moore and Katz.
Boxing training also doesn’t get as old or monotonous as some forms of exercising such as treadmill workouts. There’s always something new to learn.
“The learning curve never ends in boxing,” Katz said.
Katz will also offer programs from Lahcen Querdah, a boxer from Morocco who now lives in Norwalk. Between Querdah, Moore and himself, the facility provides the chance for everyday people to interact with serious athletes.
“You can be around professional athletes and feel like your part of the team,” Katz said.
Katz, who has been running his facility for more than a decade, also offers training in football, basketball, baseball and cheerleading.
Integrated Sports Training is located at 25 Van Zant St. in Norwalk. For more information, visit the website here .
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.