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ABOUT US




EVERY DAY, WE GO TO WORK HOPING TO GIVE PEOPLE THREE THINGS: INTERESTING SKILL BUILDING EXERCISE, A VALUE THAT THEIR BODY IS WORTH PROTECTING, AND A BOOST OF CONFIDENCE THAT THEY MAY GO INTO THE WORLD MORE RELAXED AND FEELING BETTER ABOUT THE FIGHT OF LIFE. SINCE 1978 PEOPLE COME BACK TO TELL US HOW HELPFUL THEIR EXPERIENCES AT BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S WERE.

OUR HERITAGE



THE ORIGINAL GYM WAS LOCATED IN ONE OF MANCHESTER’S SMALLER MILL BUILDING’S USED TO MANUFACTURE SHOES. THE THIRD AND FOURTH FLOOR OF THE BUILDING, WHERE THE GYM WAS LOCATED, HAD NOT SEEN LIFE SINCE THE CLOSING OF MANY MILLS HIT HARD BY EFFECTS OF THE DEPRESSION. PEOPLE TELL STORIES OF WATCHING SPARRING THROUGH THE WINDOWS OF THE THIRD FLOOR WHILE SITTING IN THE PARKING LOT ON ELM STREET, OF WHAT IS NOW THE VERIZON WIRELESS ARENA. DURING THAT TIME PERIOD AND FOR MANY YEARS BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S GYM WAS ONE OF FEW TRAINING FACILITIES IN THE UNITED STATES THAT TAUGHT A MARTIAL ART WITH FULL CONTACT.

THE BOXING TEAM GOT IT’S MOMENTUM FROM “EVER READY EDDIE LABORE” (PICTURED ABOVE). A BOXER FROM MANCHESTER’S PRE DEPRESSION DAYS. THE SMELL OF CIGAR SMOKE WOULD SIGNAL US TO THE ALMOST DAILY VISIT OF “EVERY READY EDDIE LABORE” WHO WOULD LOVE TO COME WATCH THE SPARRING. AT HIS ENCOURAGE THE FIRST RING WAS BUILT. A 14’ X 14’ HANDMADE FLOOR RING, ELEVATED LESS THAN 1 FOOT, WHICH SAT NEXT TO AN OLD SHEETROCKED WALL THAT TO THIS DAY STILL HAS HOLES FROM PEOPLE SPARRING AND BANGING INTO IT.

THE GYM HAD THREE ORIGINAL OWNERS, ALL FROM THE CANADIAN BORDER OF MAINE AND NEW BRUNSWICK, ALL WERE COMPETITORS IN KICKBOXING WITH CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. THIS LOVE OF SPORT AND COMPETITION CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. THE GYM HAS HOSTED SEVERAL LOCAL CHAMPIONS IN BOXING AND KICKBOXING, NINE WORLD "TED KICKBOXERS, AN OLYMPIC BOXER, A FEMALE RATED #2 IN THE COUNTRY UNDER UNITED STATES AMATEUR BOXING, AND A WORLD TITLE HOLDER IN TWO WEIGHT DIVISIONS IN KICKBOXING. OUR ATHLETES HAVE TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR COMPETITION.

WITH THIS LOVE FOR SPORT AND COMPETITION THERE HAS BEEN AN EVEN STRONGER PASSION FOR GIVING THE FIGHTING SPIRIT TO ANYBODY WHO COMES TO BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S. OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE AND NURTURE THE HUMAN SPIRIT....ONE PUNCH, ONE KICK, ONE TAP AT A TIME.

OUR COMPANY



TO SAY WE HAVE THE BEST COACHES AND TAKE PRIDE IN OUR INSTRUCTION IS TRUE. EACH COACH IS SELECTED WITH SEVERAL CRITERIA IN MIND. AN ELITE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR SPECIALTY, A SUPERB ABILITY TO ENTHUSIASTICALLY COMMUNICATE, AND AN UNSELFISH ABILITY TO MAKE “YOUR” LEARNING THEIR TOP PRIORITY.

THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO THE STORY. OUR TEACHERS MODEL DIGNITY AND RESPECT AS THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR. OUR CLASSROOM LEADERSHIP STYLE IS THAT OF A TEAM, CARING AND BUILDING EACH OTHERS SKILLS. WE BELIEVE THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO PROMOTE EMPOWERMENT FOR TODAY’S WORLD.

THE PEOPLE



FROM THE SHY TO THE CONFIDENT, AND FROM A DIVERSITY OF BACKGROUNDS, CHILDREN, MEN AND WOMEN COME TO BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S KNOWING THEY CAN COUNT ON GREAT INSTRUCTION.

BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S IS A COMMUNITY GYM. IT IS NOT UNUSUAL TO SEE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN STOP BY, BUSINESS MEN MAKING PHONE CALLS, STUDENTS DOING HOMEWORK BETWEEN WORKOUTS, AND PEOPLE CHATTING ABOUT CURRENT BOXING, MMA, OR EVEN THEIR DAYS EVENTS. IF YOU DON’T HAVE A FRIEND TO COME WITH YOU TO THE GYM FOR MOTIVATION YOU WILL CERTAINLY MAKE ONE AT BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S.


OUR BUILDING





ENJOY ‘OLD SCHOOL’ TRAINING IN A ‘ROCKY STYLE’ WORKOUT GYMNASIUM WHERE NO ONE IS TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG TO REACH THEIR DREAM OF BECOMING A CHAMP. WE WORK OUT OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOXING GYM IN NEW ENGLAND THANKS TO THE PROFESSIONAL WORK OF:
LAURENCE PARK OF PARK FORESTRY for the beautiful wood at each entrance.
TOM BILIDEAU OF TOM BILODEAU FLOORING for the beautiful tile and marble.
JEFF HALL OF LIGHTS OUT ELECTRIC
BRADLEY MILLER OF BRADLEY MILLER HEATING
STEVE LABBE OF CHERRYWOOD HOME IMPROVEMENT 391.6706
PETER MURPHY lots of sweat, hard labor and patience
BILLY MCNEIL lots of sweat, hard labor and patience
WAW for the demolition services


OUR WEB SITE



WITH THE FLOAT OF A BUTTERFLY
AND THE STING OF A BEE
CAN’T TOUCH THIS
ORIGINAL DESIGN BY ALI

IF YOU WANT YOUR SITE
TO WIN THE TITLE FIGHT
CALL MOHAMED “THE BOSS”
BEFORE THE END OF THE NIGHT

OUR PHOTOGRAPHY



Annie Nichols photography (graduate of RIT)
Stephanie Farrow photography (Art Institute of NH)
Larry Dunn Photography
Zeid Muhammed artist/boxer/engineer
Dan Cook Photography
Linda Murphy capturing the moments with her phone

PUNCTUATION



“Beer Kid” Curran the literature and art history/fighter who makes his own beer for our “tastings” and will someday own his own microbrewery

US TODAY



TODAY BARE KNUCKLE MURPHY’S IS A FAMILY OWNED GYM. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT BRINGING YOU THE FINEST INSTRUCTION. WE CAREFULLY SELECT OUR TEACHERS TO GIVE YOU A FULL EXPERIENCE IN THE TRAINING OF A “WARRIOR” FROM PROPER WEIGHT AND NUTRITION, TO CONFIDENCE BUILDING, AND CROSS TRAINING. WE HOPE OUR PROGRAMS WILL GIVE YOU A BREAK FROM YOUR WORRIES AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO LET OUT SOME ADRENYLYN. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN, AND ALWAYS WILL BE ABOUT GIVING QUALITY SKILLS AND INSTRUCTION OF THE SPORT. EACH PROGRAM OFFERED BUILDS THE “FIGHTER”, OUR ESSENCE IS TO GIVE YOU THE HEART OF THE FIGHTER.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT



TO HELP THE WEAK BECOME STRONG, THE MEEK BECOME EMPOWERED, THE UNHEALTHY BECOME FIT, THE GREAT GAIN COURAGE TO LEAD, THE NASTY BECOME HUMBLED, AND THE ADVENTUROUS TO LEARN FROM ALL COMPETITIONS BY TAKING QUANTIFIED RISKS IN DOING OUR BEST TO WIN OUR FIGHTS.

SETTING THE STANDARDS



WE TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A LEADER IN THE COMMUNITY SERIOUSLY. WE REALIZE CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS LOOK TO ATHLETES AS ROLE MODELS. WE ARE SO AWARE OF THIS, WE STARTED A NON PROFIT COMPANY CALLED ATHLETES AS ADVOCATES, DESIGNED TO LOWER THE SITUATIONS WHICH COMPROMISE THE SELF WORTH OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. WE LIKE TO USE OUR INFLUENCE TO STOP VIOLENCE. WE’VE COME TO REALIZE OUR INFLUENCE IS GREAT AND WITH IT WE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

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