Bryan Jensen: The Fight of a lifetime!
At the age of 16, Coach Bryan Jensen was diagnosed with generalized dystonia (Parkinson’s-like symptoms), which caused uncontrollable muscle spasms, muscle tightness and constant pain. His symptoms began at the age of 10. It took years for Bryan to be diagnosed, which was finally made by Dr. Delong, award winning neurologists and the pioneer of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) at Emory University.
At 16, Bryan underwent DBS surgery regaining his ability to control his motor functions and relieving his pain. Through his life, Bryan has been fully immersed in the sport of boxing. Constantly training and studying his craft. Upon diagnosis, Dr. Delong recommended non-contact boxing moving forward for him to regain dexterity, range of motion, fine motor skills, balance and confidence.
Even though Bryan could not have physical contact anymore, he was inspired by people like Muhammed Ali and Freddie Roach, who both had Parkinson’s disease, yet continued to persevere in the sport of boxing.
In his adult years Bryan began working as a manager of a multimillion dollar car wash in Woodstock, did restoration at a fine art gallery in Las Vegas, and cut stone and tile in Nashville before moving back to Atlanta where he was hired by his old coach Paul Delgado as a boxing trainer and to teach Parkinson’s specific boxing classes for the LDBF Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease.
Here the journey came full circle, Bryan now along side his partner and mentor Christian Steele, coaches and teaches boxing full time to a long list and wide variety of clientele. Bryan is MDT certified; CPR, and a certified USA Boxing Coach.