by Chris Romulo & John Wolcott

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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"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 J Grasso

"Brian & Carrie - In the Morning"

“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

Founder of the Good Dad Project

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About Chris Romulo

Chris Romulo is a Queens, New York native who always yearned for growth. In his early twenties, he transformed himself from a street kid into a Muay Thai Champion with over 40 fights and 6 titles under his belt. 

Today, he’s a coach at his gym CROM Physical Culture and mindset speaker to both youth and adults. Chris has taken what he’s learned in the ring and turned it into a practical curriculum, U.P.R.I.S.E. The curriculum shows you how to tap into your natural abilities and become the champion of your life. 

 In May of 2017, Chris co-authored and published his memoir, Champions Uprising, which displays his unwavering mindset of determination, grit, and perseverance of spirit. 

Chris has taken his focus from performing in the ring to jumping on stage to motivate, educate and inspire the masses.  He has been featured in Yahoo News, The NY Daily News and Men's Journal, to name a few.

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                                   ....the message is universal.  Chris Romulo's philosophy on fighting back is changing the lives of people who WANT more in life.

Helping individuals understand that we CAN take decisive control over our lives by empowering our own minds, getting in the "fight" of life and starting a champions uprising.

How does Chris manage to reach individuals from as close as the members of his Rockaway Beach community to folks in far off lands seeking his guidance? Vulnerability.

You might be wondering how an ex-fighter and champion can be vulnerable. But the truth is, like so many kids today, Chris also struggled with being bullied, low grades, and a broken home as a child.  As an adult he has experienced the highs of triumph and the setback of defeat: both losing and winning in the ring, building a gym from nothing and having it destroyed with in 24 hours from Hurricane Sandy's wrath.  He knows what it's like to fall face down in "the canvas", with out a home or way to make a life for his family yet still bounce back bigger than ever.

With a steadfast mindset, though, Chris rose up against the challenges life put in front of him. 

But Chris doesn’t hide what he’s been through. And by showing how vulnerable he was—and more importantly how he overcame that vulnerability—individuals from all walks of life can relate to him immediately.

Chris is a motivating and engaging speaker tailoring his message to the audience's needs. He uses slideshows and highlight videos and even some acting. He might even put on the boxing gloves.

You see, Chris has spent the last 20 years teaching his students how to fight. Not only in the ring, but in life. 

He teaches individuals how to fight for their dreams and goals. He teaches them how to dig deep, find their "why" and fight for it. But more importantly, he teaches them how to fight for what they believe in and work toward greatness!

TITLE: Champions Uprising (memoir)

AUTHOR: Chris Romulo & John Wolcott

PUBLISHER: Self Published, available


RETAIL PRICE: $12.95 US (Trade paperback)

ISBN-10: 1546469834

PAGES: 105

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Sarah Romulo

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