Head Boxing Coach Robert Crawford is considered to be one of the premier boxing trainers in the Washington, DC area. He held his first Amateur Boxing Federation Coaching Certification in 1987, and has been a licensed professional boxing trainer in Maryland,Washington DC, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, South Carolina, North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, Texas, and Florida.
His students consist of William Joppy, Super Middleweight Champion of the World 38-4-1; Emil Baku, who boasts a 23-2 record for professional fights; Rufat Baku, with a 14-2 record in pro fights; Dwayne McRae, current Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champ; and Thomas William, runner up to the ABF American Boxing golden gloves champ. Crawford was the Boxing Commissioner of The Laurel Boys and Girls Club from 1996 until 2003.
A professional martial artist for more than 30 years, Mr. Crawford has trained in a variety of disciplines. He began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the 1990s, earning his black belt in 2003. Crawford also holds a black belt in Isshin Ryu Karate, and was a top-ten karate competitor in the Northwest Region in the mid 70’s. In addition, Crawford studied Hopkido in South Koreawhile in the military, and studied with Michael Lee, one of Bruce Lee’s first students in Seattle, Washington in 1977.
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