Cody Moore, 14, son of David Moore and Rebecca Spencer, of Wheelersburg, was out one day selling candy bars when he was beat up and robbed. Moore had always been a bit timid and was reasonably more so after what he went through.
Phil Bender remembers when Moore arrived at the Hardknocks training center. He remembers Moore as being a bit nervous and unwilling to let go of his mom as a support system. The young man came to the gym on a journey to better himself.
“I joined the gym, so I could learn self-defense, so I could work out, and so I could lose weight,” Moore stated.
Though Moore says he has learned all of those things, he has also learned about being a good person and treating other people properly.
“This gym has really taught me how to defend myself but also to not make fun of people and to not be a bully,” commented Moore.
Hardknocks has taught Moore and others about respect for others and dignity, something he never expected to be learning from a gym that trained fighters.
Bender confirmed that Moore is still not a fighter, but he does not have to be.
“He could be a great one, but that just is not who he is,” Bender stated as he added that Moore does train with the fighters.
Moore added that he sees the benefits of his training without ever needing to enter a ring.
“I feel more confident and stronger. I get to have fun and have found a way to channel my anger,” Moore summed up.
When asked why he does not fight, Moore stated, “I don’t have a need to fight.”
Learning to defend himself has not made him aggressive, just helped him to feel safe and capable on his own.
Bender explained that in the just the few weeks that Moore has been attending Hardknocks, he has become a much more independent young man, who is kind and supportive of others but is no longer scared and nervous.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924.