"All it takes is heart."
My name is Chris Romulo and I perform keynote speeches and workshops where I teach students how to live more resilient lives through my Champ Up system.
If you’re here because you’re looking for a speaker who could instill positive, lasting change in your students’ lives, keep reading.
Students today face a myriad of challenges: bullying, peer pressure, social media popularity contests, the list is endless.
And although we’d like to see an end to these challenges so our kids can focus on what matters most, we need to accept that these challenges will always be around in some form or another.
So it’s not enough to try and rid these challenges from our kids lives, but to better prepare them for when these challenges knock them down.
But let me guess, you struggle to get your students to hear the message?
If your school is like most other schools, you’ve probably tried to reach your students through the more traditional routes of having your homeroom teachers lecture them at the start of the day, or having your principle talk to them at general assembly.
But have your students shown any signs of change after these methods? Maybe for the first few hours. Maybe for the rest of the day.
But long term change? Probably not. And you wind up right where you started—with low student morale.
But if you can show kids how to uncover the champions within them in a dynamic and uplifting way, so that no matter what obstacles they face—peer pressure, bullying—then real change can and will happen.
And there is a way to uncover the champion in every single one of your students. I’ll tell you how in a second.
I’ve been there, too.
I’d like to share my story of how I uncovered my champion’s spirit.
Back when I was in my teens, I wasn’t doing so good. Let’s just say I spent a lot of time on the streets of Queens doing what kids on the streets of Queens do.
At home, my father couldn’t care less about his family. Watching him waste his life and our family’s name to a gambling addiction, I made a pact with myself that I was going to do better than he did.
I wanted people to hear the Romulo name and be invoked with positive feelings.
But it wasn’t until a street fight that I started listening to the voice inside my head, and after I was nearly beat to death, I got myself into a Muay Thai gym.
At first, the training was hard. It was so different from what I used to. But the more I trained the more I realized how valuable I was.
As I went on to fight and become a professional, this realization only grew. And I learned how to develop the champion’s spirit that helped me to become the first even WKA North American Middleweight champ.
Can I help your students do the same?
I know what you’re thinking. You’re trying to get kids to stop the fighting and the bullying. So why would you want an ex-fighter talking to them about champing up?
Being a champion isn’t about being a “ring” fighter. It’s about having the spirit to fight to win at life.
How do I know this? All those things I learned throughout my fighting career I put into a system that I intuitively followed.
And I now teach this system in three easy-to-implement steps so that kids can have their own champion’s uprising.
Take my assistant coach, Jerry, for example. When I met Jerry he was angry and getting into fights in high school.
But as I began to work with him through my Champs Up system and show him how to turn his anger into something constructive, positive things started happening.
Jerry started to respect himself and, in turn, to respect other people—and they began respecting him. He went on to graduate high school and is now getting ready for his first year of college. Jerry teaches the junior program at my gym, where he’s helping to shape the younger kids.
Then there’s Tim. One day a lady walked into out gym looking distraught. She was a single mother trying to raise a strong-willed young boy. At school, Tim couldn’t focus or get his work done. His grades were dropping and his mother was at a loss.
Tim loved what he was learning about himself through the Champs Up system and wanted to be part of our gym as a long-term member. It just so happened around the same time we held a scholarship program to kids who held good grades and took part in home activities.
Tim buckled down and raised grades and started helping his mother around the house. He won the scholarship.
Every day, Tim shows up an hour early to work on his weaknesses and stays an hour late to figure out what else he can improve on.
After seeing what my Champs Up system could do for Jerry and Tim, I decided to take it to schools and fellowships, where I now teach kids how to be more resilient through my signature keynote speeches and workshops.
Because let’s face it, life isn’t easy. As adults we already know this. But kids are just learning this. And they should be equipped with the tools to Champ Up when life knocks them down.
So if you’re struggling to boost the morale of your students, reach out and I’d be glad to set something up.
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Chris Romulo in the Media
Good Day Wake Up Show, Fox 5 New York
The Muay Thai Fighter’s Conditioning Workout, Men’s Journal
Self-Defense Tactics That Can Save Your Life When Traveling Solo, Huffington Post
The Fighter’s Mindset, Order of Man
Reversing Generations of Bad Parenting with 6-Time Muay Thai Champion Chris Romulo, The Good Dad Project