STAND YOUR GROUND: Boxing For Self-Defense

Don't mess with Amy Maddox.

The 50-year-old from Cordova has trained four days a week for the last two years at Hadley's Boxing Fitness inside Memphis Judo & Jiu-Jitsu, 6600 Stage Road, in Bartlett, Tennessee.

At first, her training was just about fitness.

But all those swings have given her a swagger -- the confidence that she can defend herself in a situation that she otherwise could not avoid.

"I'm stronger, and if a man were to approach me, I could handle it better," says Maddox.

Joey Hadley, a former Shelby County Sheriff's deputy and 6-time Mid-South Golden Gloves champion, finds more of his clients are seeking boxing as a mode of self-defense.  He's quick to point out that if it comes down to boxing, then you're probably in a scenario you should have avoided in the first place.

"I've had (students) who have been bullied and picked on," says Hadley.  "The trick is the proper shifting of your body weight.  You twist your toe, your hip and your shoulder at the same time, and you get all your weight behind the power of the punch."

Maddox's training has had another side effect:  she's lost two dress sizes.  Tougher AND sexier.

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