Name: Matt Ruskin
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Why did I start Boxing?
Necessity. I had a head start in MMA through my submission skills, but needed to get more well-rounded as a fighter. Walked into Gleason’s in 2007, got murked for the first year and loved every minute of it.
What am I fighting for?
Fighting allows you to exist on a plane of existence that you’d otherwise never experience. Fighting was my outlet after the military. Keeping active makes me a better human and a better father, which is all I give a shit about.
Describe your style of teaching:
I train people like they’re getting ready to fight. Anybody on the planet can get in fight shape, that takes no skill. I demand a lot from my class, but that’s because I know they’re capable.
Favorite type of music to play during class?
I keep a mix of Hip Hop and metal. Seems to keep everyone fired up and motivated.