Chuck's Gym, located in Redondo Beach, California, is a unique training facility providing quality instruction in baseball, martial arts and fitness training. Whether you are a baseball student, karate student, or fitness client, we believe that learning the correct physical movements necessary for success are only part of the equation. We understand the importance of strong values, self esteem, and social skills. Our students become physically fit while learning the proper mechanics, along with confidence, courtesy, discipline, and respect. The end result is the ability to control themselves both physically and mentally. With a strong background in martial arts and coaching baseball, head instructor Chuck Schumacher has also put great value on learning the skill of teaching, and is dedicated to the progress and growth of his students, young and old.
Coach & Sensei Chuck Schumacher grew up in Northern Minnesota and moved to Los Angeles in the mid-70's. Chucks initial training in the martial arts was in the discipline of Kung Fu in 1973. His teacher at that time was Phillip Rivers, a native of New Zealand. It was after moving to Los Angeles in 1977 that he met and was taught by Sensei Bob Ozman in the Isshinryu system of Karate and Sensei Ozman's own unique system of Ozmanryu. Two of Sensei Ozman's top students, Johnny Atkinson and Kenn Firestone have also played a significant role in Chucks development over the years. From these great instructors, Chuck was taught the values and techniques of the martial arts without compromise, earning the degree of black belt in 1986. Moving to Franklin, TN in 1990, Chuck began coaching baseball when his son started playing at the age of 6. This eventually lead to teaching the art of hitting and as each year passed, it became more apparent how important the mental part of the game was to achieving full potential. During his many years as a youth baseball coach, Coach Chuck began using his martial arts training to teach baseball players the value of self control. Using proper focusing techniques such as breathing and keeping a still mind, free from thought, students and players began developing to their full potential. It also became apparent to Chuck what an important role parents and coaches played in helping young athletes develop in the areas of attitude, effort, self control and respect. If the adults failed in these crucial areas, so did the kids. This truth lead Chuck Schumacher to the writing of the book, How to Play Baseball: A Parent's Role in Their Child's Journey, published in July of 2014, and available on Amazon.com. The book documents Chucks long journey through youth baseball, the lessons learned through self examination as a youth coach and parent, and advice, anecdotes and truths about our role as adults in the lives of young athletes. By combining the philosophy of strengthening the mind through self-discipline, fitness, and awareness with the great challenge of becoming a successful hitter or earning the degree of black belt, many students at Chucks Gym are realizing their full potential as a ballplayer, Karateka, and most importantly, as a person.
Chuck currently lives in Redondo Beach, California where he continues to teach martial arts, baseball, and is a personal fitness trainer.