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Gleason`s Gym

Gleason’s is a boxing gym located on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 1937, when the gym was founded in the Bronx, boxers with their eyes on Olympic glory or a shot at the title have been training at Gleason’s. Fighters who trained at the gym include Jake LaMotta, Roberto Durán, Benny «Kid» Paret, Gerry Cooney, and Mike Tyson. Before his first title fight against Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, also trained at Gleason’s.

The gym was founded by Peter Gagliardi, a former bantamweight, who changed his name to Bobby Gleason. It moved to Manhattan and then to Brooklyn. Gleason’s is now owned by Bruce Silverglade.

Gleason’s is reminiscent of the time when New York was the center of the boxing universe, when there were dozens of serious gyms in the city and when big fights were often held in Madison Square Garden. Now Gleason’s is among the last of a breed. It manages to stay open by permitting average joes—men and women—to train side by side with professional boxers, and stages «White Collar Boxing» events that cater to this clientele.

There is also a wrestling school called the World of Unpredictable Wrestling run by WWE Hall of Fame member Johnny Rodz. Many wrestlers and wrestling promoters have come from there. Graduates include Tommy Dreamer, Matt Striker, Taz, D-Von Dudley and Vince Russo, Prince Nana, as well as Big Vito, Da Baldies, Elektra, Ricky Vega, The Musketeer, Mac Daddy Flexx, Tim Arson, Damien Demento, the late S.D. Jones, the late Rocco Rock, and many more.

There is a sign on the wall at Gleason’s, posting an invitation from the poet Virgil: «Now, whoever has courage, and a strong and collected spirit in his breast, let him come forward, lace on the gloves and put up his hands.»Prizefighters have long answered this call at Gleason’s and some still do.

There is an illustrated book called: «At Gleason’s Gym. Owner Bruce Silverglade and Gleason’s elite trainer Hector Roca co-authored the book The Gleason’s Gym: total body boxing workout for women, with a foreword by actor Hilary Swank (she famously thanked Hector Roca when she received her Oscar for her role in the boxing movie «Million Dollar Baby» There is a book called: White Coller Boxing: One Man’s Journey From the Office to the Ring, in which John E. Oden describes Gleason’s Gym in Chapter 6.

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Team Burrell

Team Burrell in action @ Gleasons Gym.
Scott Bang Bang Burrell & Dean Badnewz Burrell.
26 years twin brothers from Jamaica based in Brooklyn, New York City. I visit them at Gleasons Gym in Brooklyn in january with their coach Hector Roca.

Team Burrell facts:
Scott: Boxing for nearly 16 years.
Dean : Boxing for nearly 16 years.

Scott : 11 professional fights. 9 wins, 6 wins by knockout and 2 defeats
Dean : 7 knockouts from 10 wins

Scott career goals: Firstly become a world champion, hopefully within the next couple of years and he want to one day be seen as the best fighter in the world pound for pound.

Dean career goals: To be a world champion in multiple weight classes, and to be the best fighter of he`s area.

 

 

 

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Smøla – Havørnens rike…

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Smøla er Møre og Romsdals nordligste kommune, og ligger tre mil nord for Kristiansund. Over Ramsøyfjorden i øst ligger øya og kommunen Hitra, og over Edøyfjorden i sør ligger Aure. Smøla er godt kjent for sin store bestand av Havørn.
Havørnen blir mellom 87 og 100 cm lang. Voksne hunner kan ha et vingespenn på opptil 240 cm – hannene er noe mindre. Havørnen kan bli opptil 50 år gammel, men det er sjeldent. Arten bygger store reder av kvister og greiner som den fôrer med lyng, tang, mose og gress. Den bruker gjerne samme rede i flere år. Eggene legges mellom slutten av mars og mai. Den legger to til tre egg som ruges i 35 til 45 dager av begge foreldrene. Havørnen lever av fisk og sjøfugl, men den tar også åtsler.

Ungfuglen har svart og brun stjert med noe lyst i, og svart nebb. De voksne fuglene har hvit stjert og gult nebb. Begge kjønn har samme utseende.

 











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Paris, Ile-de France – 2

Leica Street Smart Workshop 15. – 19. mars 2012 med Bresson, Andreas Smaaland og Bjørn Opsahl. I tillegg foredrag og inspirasjon fra Magnum fotograf ABBAS…

“Jeg har et ønske om å ta den klassiske gatefotograferingen inn i samtiden, i Paris, der det hele begynte. Med hjelp av gode venner skal det bli lyst og mørkt, inspirerende og hektisk. Det vanker overraskelser som i gatefotografiets natur. Deltakerne bør forvente det uventede.”
– Bjørn Opsahl