A longtime boxer of 10 years, Chen fought as an amateur boxer for five years before taking on bigger responsibilities at Impact Boxing, which includes teaching classes and teaching beginners how to box.
“I really started to love that aspect of it, because I like when I can take someone who’s never set foot in a boxing gym before, and then I’m there every step of the way through their progression.”
Chen was invested in martial arts and combat sports when he was younger, but his parents weren’t keen on Chen trying boxing. An anime show called Hajime no Ippo got him to consider and push for boxing.
“I really resonated with the kid (Ippo), he used to get picked on in school and whatnot. And like, from then on he started boxing. He picked it up, and then it’s all about what it means to be strong, you know? And then I fell in love with it,” and adding, “that actually motivated me and inspired me to set foot into a boxing gym, and the rest is history.”
Chen’s philosophy on teaching boxing is to not only help new boxers learn how to box, but to make it as easy to understand as possible. And the most important step in learning to box is understanding the boxing stance, which Chen has demonstrated for League Magazine.