JAX HOPE INC welcomes all fighters of any age and
at any stage of Parkinson's Disease to join in our classes and start fighting back!
Balance & Flexibility
Rock Steady Boxing classes are offered at 2 levels to better meet the needs of all participants. Both classes will stay true to Rock Steady Boxing methods, involving a warm up, stretching and core workout, as well as intense strength training and coordination drills. Using the RSB curriculum outlined for both classes will allow for the greatest benefit to all fighters!
The level I/II class is geared for those in the earlier stages
of the disease, with functional balance and independent
walking ability. This is a fast-paced class with quick
The level III/IV class is designed for those in the more advanced stages of the disease, needing more individual attention, eased transitions, and the option for seated exercises. This class is best suited for those who may be using an assistive device, such as a cane or
wheelchair, and need a slower pace and frequent rest breaks.
* Each fighter will be evaluated to help
determine which class is best for maximum
Balance & Flexibility, Dance for PD , Yoga, and Thai Chi
JAX HOPE INC is proud to partner with community instructors, Giles Wiley of Jacksonville Muay Thai, Cari Coble of Jacksonville University, and Tim Robinson of TSR Tactical to bring these programs to our fighters.
Giles Wiley -Balance & Flexibility Instructor
Giles Wiley has been involved in training and teaching martial arts for over
27 years and also has a degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition. Giles is
a former South African Champion and has competed in Kickboxing and
Martial Arts tournaments in Africa, Austria, Italy, Scotland, Britain and
Canada. He has had over 30 amateur fights and has instructor rankings in
Muay Thai, Jeet Kune Do, Taekwon-Do and has coached boxing.Giles is
passionate about helping people realize their true potential and achieve all
of their goals. He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with over 20 years in the fitness profession.
He has written for top national magazines such as Men’s Fitness and is author
of the book and DVD 5-Minute Flexibility.
Cari Coble - Dance fo PD & Yoga Instructor
Cari Coble received her early training at the prestigious Washington School of Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and The Pennsylvania Ballet. Professionally, she has danced for such companies as Alabama Ballet Company/Ballet South, The Appalachian Ballet Company, Festival Ballet-Atlanta, and The Ballet Company of Spokane. She has also appeared as a guest artist for many projects including the Spoleto Festival-Charleston, the International Ballet Competition Gala-Jackson, the International Improvisational Festival- Birmingham, Adele Myers and Dancers-New Orleans, Several Dancer's Core- Atlanta, The People's Touring Project-NYC, and Sydney Olympics 2000. Cari received her BA from Birmingham-Southern College and her MFA in dance at Florida State University where she was the recipient of the Suzanne Farrell Fellowship and the School of Visual Arts and Dance Teaching Fellowship. Currently she is Professor of Dance and Director of Graduate Programs for LBSCFA at Jacksonville University, Florida, where she has choreographed and performed numerous original works. Cari is also a Certified Dance for PD Instructor and a Certified Yoga Instructor.
Sensei Tim Robinson - Thai Chi Instructor
Tim Robinson has been involved in the fitness and self defense industries
for over 30 years, and has been teaching classes to kids and adults since
2002. He is an ACE Group Exercise Instructor, an AFAA Certified Personal
Trainer, and is certified to teach over a dozen different classes, including:
Tai Chi, Spin, Pilates, Step, Kickboxing, H.I.I.T., Bosu, Barre, Piyo, Weight
Training, Water Aerobics, and Mixed Martial Arts. He is an accomplished
martial artist, with 5 different black belts in: Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Karate,
Aikido, and Wing Chun Kung Fu. He currently trains with the Jacksonville
Beach, Atlantic Beach & Neptune Beach SWAT teams, and his company
(TSR Tactical) provides self defense, safety & awareness training and education
to the community. For more about Sensei Tim please see his website:
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get started?
We are happy to have you join us to observe during any class on any
day. Arrive at the gym 15 minutes prior to any class to meet the staff.
You may call JAX HOPE at 904-321-9505 to schedule a quick
How much are the classes?
Unlimited classes at Title 7 days/week, including all JAX HOPE
Classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: $89/month*
*This program is supported by a Community Grant from the Parkinson's Foundation which allows us to provide this program to all, regardless of anyone's financial limitations. Please contact Kristen Gray (904-321-9505) to learn more about our Scholarship Program. We are happy to help.
What do I wear?
Comfortable gym clothes and shoes are recommended.
What about personal equipment needed to participate?
We provide yoga mats and have gloves and wraps you may borrow. For Hygienic reasons, many prefer to purchase their own gloves and wraps. All personal equipment can be purchased separately, or as a pack at a savings.
Can my spouse/caregiver participate?
Yes! We ask your spouse/caregiver to stay, watch, and encourage all fighters! Should they wish to participate in the training class, we ask that they join at a discounted rate, as well. Our first priority is safety. So, we ask caregivers, spouses, and friends to volunteer to be “cornermen” during the class; helping anyone who might need a little extra support.
Scholarship "Purse Program"
If you are interested in helping our program, please consider a donation to our Scholarship "Purse Program," dedicated to supporting membership dues for anyone in need. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, we appreciate your consideration in helping us support the fight of those in need of financial assistance.
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