I began my training and passion for Mixed Martial Arts, including boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and jujitsu, in 2003, competing professionally from 2010-2014. I transitioned my boxing career from competing to coaching, because I enjoyed watching the confidence build in my students as they progressed in the combat arts. My passion for helping people with Parkinson’s began in 2014, when I became one of the original trainers of the LDBF Boxing Program for Parkinson’s.
Coaching the LDBF boxers, I feel a different level of appreciation and an even greater sense of satisfaction knowing that not only am I helping them build confidence, but also helping them fight off a debilitating disease. Over the years, I have seen so many miracles in the improvement of PD symptoms in over 300 boxers.
My education includes a B. S. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia, and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification. I am Advanced EMT certified and MDT certified. Being CPR Training certified, I ensure that all LDBF trainers, volunteers and Board members receive CPR certification, keeping our boxers safe in case of an emergency. I serve as a Firefighter at College Park Fire Department, as well as having served in the U.S. Navy from 2001-2007.
Jerrid can be reached at Jerridburke@hotmail.com.