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Native Spirit: Menominee Indian Boxing Club

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Feb 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-09 18:25:18-05

KESHENA, Wis. — Training day at the Menominee Indian Boxing Club is fury of jabs, hooks, and uppercuts.

It's a grueling workout for young boxers, who is it as another day to improve.

"I like training, i was already super athletic and natural at it," boxer Ayanna Okimosh said.

Okimosh started boxing more than a year ago. She's now rising up the ranks and learning what it takes.

"When you're fighting, you have to believe in yourself and have confidence, and determination," Okimosh said.

It's those traits that coaches say boxers learn in the ring. They also take lessons with them outside the gym.

"Its taught me how to respect other people in school, not to fight with anyone," Jason Komanekin said.

Boxers aren't charged anything, and people come from all over Northeast Wisconsin.

"Just help you stay off the streets," coach Gerald Wayka Jr. said. "Keep a good frame of mind. Mainly just to try to keep the youth out of trouble."

For the boxers that stick with it, training day makes the dreams and the goals one step closer to reality.

"I want to at least try out for the Olympic team," Okimosh said.