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Chicago boxing coach lifts female fighters to new heights, motivated by tragedy

By Chris Cadeau
Medill Reports

Israel Gonzalez is a decorated Chicago boxing coach. He fought “semi-professionally” until his career suddenly ended on Christmas day in 2003. Once Gonzalez got back on his feet, his journey as a coach began at Northeastern Illinois University, while pursuing an education. Today, Gonzalez is regarded as one of the top female boxing coaches in the city. Medill Reports caught up with Israel to find out how his dedication to leading students, specifically women, has turned his boxers into champions.

Photo at top: Israel Gonzalez coaching boxers before a tournament in Chicago. (Chris Cadeau / MEDILL)

Martial arts legend now focuses on the next generation

By Chris Cadeau
Medill Reports

Anthony Marquez, actor and decorated martial arts instructor, starred in the Mortal Kombat (Kung Lao) video games and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies in the 1990’s. Today, Marquez is using his passion for martial arts to influence his students in his training facility (Extreme Martial Arts) in Chicago’s North side. Medill Reports spent time with Marquez and learned about the moment he decided to stop focusing on his own professional success and start educating and motivating others.

Photo at top: Anthony Marquez (right), EKF owner and head coach, teaching a martial arts defensive tactic to his student Jun Phan. (Chris Cadeau / Medill)