A few days after treating Ian Cole’s face as a punching bag, Tom Wilson’s investment in a local boxing studio has been made public. Though, if you ask Wilson, his investment in Bash Boxing has nothing to do with his hockey fights.
“Obviously there’s times that I get into fights on the ice, but that’s not what Bash is about at all,” Wilson said to the Washington Business Journal’s Rebecca Cooper. “It truly is a good workout. It’s non-contact. It’s fun, intense, social, and you really leave with a good feeling.”
Bash Boxing is a new, trendy, boxing studio open in Rosslyn in Arlington, VA. Thought of by Alex Trakas, a former dancer turned boxer, the class features boxing on water-filled bags with other training interspersed throughout.
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Investing in Bash Boxing is a business opportunity Wilson wasn’t necessarily in search of. But, when approached by the Bash team, which includes Scott Parker, owner of many Arlington restaurants including Don Tito, The G.O.A.T., and Barley Mac, Wilson thought over the offer.
“I’ve been in the D.C. area for six or seven years now, and I’ve built a relationship with a good part of the team. I knew pretty much everyone beforehand,” Wilson said. Wilson and Parker have a long-standing relationship, with photos documenting their friendship as early as 2015. The Capitals even spent their first night with the Stanley Cup in DC at Don Tito’s.
“Now that I signed with the team and D.C.’s become my home, it seems like good timing to get on board with a local business and one that I was excited about,” Wilson said to the Journal.
This isn’t the first time Wilson has used boxing as a workout. In the summer of 2016, Wilson and his man-bun boxed with personal trainer Jorge Blanco. Blanco visited the Capitals in September to train the team while Wilson and Andre Burakovsky sparred together.
Beyond using his famed face and social-media following to promote Bash, Wilson’s role with the company is still to be decided. He has been posting about the studio on his Instagram, popping in for classes on Capitals off days, and even included some Bash gear in his Better Halves basket.
“We’re really excited to have Tom on board,” Trakas said. “We want him to do as much or as little as he wants with us, to help grow this organically and make it an amazing company.”
For now, the only Bash studio is in Rosslyn, but a studio in Ballston will be opening soon.
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