Champions Uprising: Fall 7 Times, Stand Up 8

Chris Romulo grew up in a broken home. His mother Lucita, a Filipino immigrant, wanted Chris to go to college and live the American Dream. His father Carlito, also a Filipino immigrant, detached himself from the family and turned to gambling.

After a series of unfortunate events in grammar school, Chris took to the streets of Queens, New York, where at twenty years old a near-death street fight redirected his life and purpose.

Chris then set off on a twenty-year journey through the study of Muay Thai, which took him from New York City to Bangkok, Thailand and back again.

As a fighter, Chris went on to become the first professional North American Super-Middleweight Muay Thai Champion in 2010.

But after retiring, Chris was forced to make one more comeback when Hurricane Sandy destroyed his home and gym in 2012.

Chris Romulo’s personal journey captivates the reader as you watch him struggle as a young man on the streets to become a successful and respected fighter with a steadfast mindset to guide his choices.

His is a story of uprising against life’s greatest challenges, but also a realistic, moving tale of his journey through fatherhood. On one hand, trying so hard to connect with his own father, and on the other, trying to be the father he never had.

For two decades Chris Romulo kept these stories buried inside. Now he opens up like never before. A retired fighter and Muay Thai champion, Chris Romulo runs CROM Physical Culture in Rockaway Beach, NY where he lives with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Jube and Giovanni.

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What Others Are Saying About the Book

“There is a certain kind of magic that pours out of Chris and that energy leaves you feeling at ease immediately. Tough-as-nails, no-nonsense, but deeply passionate and caring all at the same time. This book is magnetic and a perfect representation of the type of person and leader he is.”

Brian Grasso,

“Much like his bouts in the ring, Romulo’s unflinching head-on approach to tough truths, wins, and losses alike can break your heart and build you up within just a few passages. You don’t have to know what it is to face an opponent in the ring to relate to his journey. Everyone can stand to ‘Champ Up’ and realize their dreams.”

Tari Ayala, Managing Editor, Money Magazine

“The parallels between Chris’ ring fights and the battles he fought in life are something anyone can relate to. This book is about family; it’s about losing it all, and then coming back stronger. It’s a must read for anyone wanting to be champion in life.”

Jay Hernandez, Player Development, Orlando Magic

“Chris Romulo is the personification of what it takes to be a champion – not just in the ring, but in life. No matter how many hits he takes, he just keeps moving forward. And in this book, Chris’s story and advice will inspire you to keep moving forward too. Read it. Today.”

Ryan Lee, Founder of

“Chris’ story is truly amazing. It shows what having heart and perseverance is all about. His story is a reminder that through hard work and determination, anything is possible.”

Jason Strout, Striking Coach

“Chris Romulo has an incredible story to share with the world. A true champion can fall, however, will continue to stand back up again. Chris has been through tremendous adversity in his life as a child. However, he took lessons he learned and has molded himself into a champion in the ring and in life. The Champion’s Uprising is a powerful story that will keep a reader wanting more. The life lessons you will learn from this book and Chris’s story will serve you well in life. This is a must read.”

Larry Hagner, Author of The Dad’s Edge and Founder of the Good Dad Project