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Her quest for competition has now extended beyond the basketball court and into the world of boxing. King George High School junior Timeah Brooks is not your ordinary, run of the mill athlete. After six months of training at Muhammad’s Boxing and Martial Arts Center in King George, Brooks will soon be able to showcase her boxing abilities in the boxing ring.
Always in her corner, whether it’s a high profile basketball district match-up or accompanying her to the gym, Brooks can always rely on her mother, Sharon, for moral support.
“From the beginning I encouraged her to box, because I have two other children at the center participating in karate,” Sharon said. “Now that she has progressed in the ring, I feel its actually working out.”
In the beginning, Brooks realized that her mental approach had to coincide with her athletic attributes. The versatile athlete also found out the rigors of guarding rival forwards in the Battlefield District, is equally as tough when it comes to relying solely upon her hand-eye coordination.
“Boxing more about hand movement and footwork — you can be the slowest person in the world, while on your feet; however, with fast hands you can be the best person during that time,” Brooks said. “Its all about power and timing.”
Brooks is a consummate perfectionist when it comes to her natural-born competitive nature. During the late afternoons, three to four days a week, Brooks can be found performing her boxing regiment of stretching, jumping rope, pounding the boxing bags and punching the boxing mitts of her trainer and owner of the center, Yusuf Muhammad. As a former chief defensive tactics instructor for the Prince George’s County Police Department, Muhammad has now brought his wealth of knowledge to the King George area.
Brooks’ fierce nature and commitment to learning the full process of being a serious boxer continues to impress Muhammad.
“I thing she is exceptional, especially as a female,” Muhammad said about his aspiring boxer. “A lot of the females start out a little slow, because they lack the strength. Traditionally boxing has not been a female sport, because its predominately a male sport.”
The grace in which Brooks moves around the ring, during a ring workout with Muhammad is apart of the process of defining her ability to balance punching power to instinctively punishing her opponent.
“He taught me how to punch straight instead of swinging my arms,” Brooks said. “With footwork, you have to keep your feet spread out a certain distance. He also said to use my power hand to knock my opponent out, while I use my weak hand to jab.”
Brooks’ journey into the world of year-round athletics has also made her play a pivotal role in the foundation and current success of the basketball travel team Swish and starting forward for the Foxes girls varsity basketball team. The majority of the girls who play on the high school basketball also play for Swish.
As a co-captain for Swish, Brooks averaged 11 points per game, six rebounds, while contributing to a 13-12 records last season. During the winter sports season, Brooks’ role as a small forward for KGHS, he helped lead them to 17-8 record, where she averaged nine points per game. The Foxes later advanced to the Regional championship playoffs where they lost to Grafton.
From her early middle school days to her current status as a high school star, Swish and College of Southern Maryland head coach Phil Hempfield has witnessed Brooks’ growth.
“Timeah is a naturally talented athlete, with excellent physical attributes,” Hempfield said. “She has gotten better every year since she started playing in the seventh grade. She has not yet reached her full potential. If properly taught, she can be one of the best players in the area. I hope she continues to enjoy the game. She could play at the next level.”
With the winter basketball season, quickly approaching Brooks will have her hands full with academics, boxing and basketball. Most recently, she completed a brief series of games during the fall basketball season.
After graduation in 2011, Brooks hopes to take her fondness for cooking into attending culinary school, and ultimately becoming a chef.
The center is located at 7979 Kings Highway, King George, Virginia 22485.
Leonard M. Banks