Great boxers in this gym; I'm privileged to have sparred and competed with many talented amateurs and pros here over the years.
I began studying Krav Maga in 1998-99 under Mike Leifer, Mitch Markowitz, Larry Lubman and Yuri Boiarsky in Costa Mesa after reading an article about their class in the Daily Pilot. Eventually, I progressed over the years to the level of Blue belt before getting bored with all of the weapons training and switching to competitive boxing.
Now, I wish I'd paid more attention when Mike would admonish me about the weapons stuff by saying, "it's important." He was right.