What is the Rock Steady Boxing?

Rock Steady Boxing provide people with Parkinson’s disease to fight their disease by non-contact boxing-style fitness programs that improve their QOL and sense of efficacy and self-worth. Not only fitness program, but also “tough love” approach, which is inspiring maximum effort, speed, strength, balance and flexibility. Recent researches show that intensive exercise is possible for neuro protective, which is helpful for delaying the progression of Parkinson disease. 

History of Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing was founded in 2006 by Mr. Scott Newman who is diagnosed young onset of Parkinson's disease.  He was diagnosed at age 40, and he works as Marion County Prosecutor. His good friend helped to keep Newman active and began boxing training. A few years later, Newman witnessed the dramatic improvement in him. His quality of life and physical condition improved dramatically. He was able to sign his name without shaking his hand. 


He has passion to reach out more people to help their conditions and improve their QOL. In order to make a strong program, Newman hired Kristy Follmar who is a former world champion professional boxer, as the head trainer.  Spread by word of mouth and demand for the classes increased. 


Rock Steady created training programs to meet the need of Parkinson's population to increase the number of classes to offered and increase outreach to those with Parkinson’s and doctors who could make referrals early in a patient’s diagnosis to stave off progression.

Here is a short TV film to introduce Rock Steady Boxing.


Through various levels of non-contact boxing training, participants are finding hope at Rock Steady Boxing as their symptoms of Parkinson's disease are often delayed or improved. To say it is an inspirational place is an understatement.



this video is about 5 min long. 

About Us

Rock Steady Boxing WTS Japan

Rock Steady Boxing WTS Japan is the affiliate program of Rock Steady Boxing in Japan. We are the first affiliate program not only in Japan, but also in Asia.  

There are 150,000 people who are diagnosed Parkinson's Disease in Japan.  Majority of treatment is just medication to control symptoms.  Medical doctors know exercises are important as medicine, but not further instruction to do certain exercises nor providing fitness programs. 


Miho Sakai, Physical Therapist: Head coach

Graduated from the University of Miami with Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She had been working in California as a physical therapist. In 2013, she moved back in Japan to open an Adult daycare center specialized rehabilitation. She has been working with patients who are diagnosed Parkinson's disease, and treating with the traditional rehabilitation method. However, she fell in love with Rock Steady boxing Program to help patients happy and active with fun program.  She is the first head coach certified with Rock Steady Boxing method in Japan.

Akemi Tsuno, Coach

She is a specialist for Dementia care, and she also councilor at an adult daycare center. She also trained as an exercise specialist in geriatric. Since she had experienced as caregiver for her family, she understands well for who go through the caregiver experience and struggles. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to raise awareness and accessible fitness program for Parkinson's disease in Japan.


Rock Steady BOXING HQ

Non-profit organization, Rock steady Boxing head quarter home page. You can find out more details about Rock Steady Boxing program. Also, you can find RSB certification training program.