“There is no ritual, it’s distinctly western in style. The rhythm is all boxing-bobbing, weaving, feinting, ducking, moving, always on your toes.”
—Graham / G.Q.
“The freeform system Lee teaches is culled from his broad martial arts background—a kind of greatest hits list...”
—Jim Williams / Mens Journal
“I've learned the requisite upper body weapons (jab, cross, uppercut, spinning backfist) as well as lower body maneuvers (round, front, side, and low kicks).”
—Tyler Pappas / G.Q.
“The atmosphere is loose—no uniforms, no belts, no bowing, no kata—places a great deal of stress on conditioning, but he also teaches you how to fight.”
—Time Out N.Y.
“Lee’s methods will get you into great physical shape, that’s a given. But what you don’t expect, if you’re not coming to him from a fighting background—which I wasn’t—is what the work will do for you mentally.”
—Edith Freni/ Screen Writer and Amateur Boxing Prospect
“I started to train with Lee Shabaka shortly after I decided to be a competitive boxer. I heard about all the female champions that Lee has trained and figured he must be doing something right. So I decided to give the “Freeform Method” a try. After training with Lee for a year I have come to understand why he has trained so many champions: (1) he’s brilliant, (2) he’s honest and (3) he’s created a team. Lee really understands boxing and is able to convey his knowledge to others effectively. ”
—Cynthia Roszkowski/ Pre-Physical Therapy Student and Amateur Boxing Prospect
“Before training with him three years ago, he looked at me at told me without any hesitation that I would be a champion in at least a year. Now three years later I am a 7 time champion at 110lbs and 114lbs. I also learned how to apply what I’ve learned in the gym with Lee in my everyday life struggles. I highly recommend his teachings to whatever you may want to do in life as far as being healthy, competing as a boxer, or just keeping in shape. ”
—Keisher "Fire" Mcleod/ Actor/Model and Multi-Award Boxing champion
“Lee Shabaka has changed my life physically and mentally. Speaking from experience, I came to Lee as a fighter just getting by on guts and brawn alone. Lee has helped me develop from a brawler into a skilled and refined boxer in a short time. I went on to become nationally ranked and win the Golden Gloves in Madison Square Garden, something I only dreamed of achieving as a young boxer. Lee helped make this dream come true.”
—Cara Castronuova/ Teacher and Multi-Award Boxing Champion