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Thursday, November 09, 2017

No Holds Barred: Nola Hanson on Trans Boxing New York City 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with Nola Hanson of Trans Boxing New York City.

Trans Boxing New York City is a collective committed to providing trans and gender nonconforming people with the resources and support necessary to fully participate in the sport and culture of boxing.

We spoke with Nola Hanson by phone Wednesday.

"We have been holding beginners' boxing classes in Brooklyn since mid-summer," they said.

These classes are held at Red Planet Muay Thai at 105 Ralph Avenue, and take place every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

"And we are now expanding to Manhattan."

Beginning Saturday, November 11, there will be weekly classes held at the Overthrow Boxing Club at 9 Bleecker Street, from 4 to 5 PM.

Trans Boxing New York City "was set up because I just noticed that there wasn't a trans or queer boxing class or space really at all in the entire city. And it was something that I thought was really needed, and, so I wanted to see if we could get something started."

We discussed the need for safe places for transgender and gender nonconforming to train in boxing and to learn self-defense, the rash of crimes and murders aimed in particular at trans women of color, the history of the Overthrow Boxing Club and why it is a good place for these classes, the importance of having experienced trainers like Muay Thai trainer and former professional fighter Mario Marin, and much more.

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