Boxing is a tough sport. You punch people in the face and they punch you in the face. No matter how fit you are, you still can’t complete what your coach got for you. In fact, vast majority of newcomers won’t make it to full year of training. They would buy gloves for their second training lesson, get hyped about first sparring and throw wild haymakers. Then they get hurt. Somebody punches them in the face. And so they quit.
If you endure, drag yourself to the gym and just grind lesson after lesson, you are guaranteed to see fruits of your labor. Life lessons may differ for different people to another, so I’ll share lessons that were given to me.
1. Not every day is gonna be the best day of your life
Sometimes I just really dread coming home after long day at school, having a whopping 30 minute break, making a cofee, drinking it down and going to the Gym. Sometimes I just dont feel it, I am totally exhausted after quick warmup, looking at the clock and hoping the session to end quickly. Sometimes I just stand here with hands up, getting beating of my life. But sometimes everything feels just right, I’m able to power through drills without problem and sparr like superman.
Same goes with life. There are days that are worse, and days you are feeling like superhero in. There are going to be ups and down, you need to embrace good days, and endure worse days
2. You need to put the work in to see the results
In your first lessons you are going to suck big time. Throwing punches with bad form, not being able to complete ab workout, feeling like dying during a one minute burpee round. Surprising thing happens after some time. You suddenly suck a bit less. Punching technique is feeling easier and easier, hands are starting to fly effortlessly, everything is coming together.
When you repeatedly do things in life, sooner or later you are going to become very proficient doing those things. If you are having troubles, just grinn a bit, suck it up and keep grinding. Higher power needs to see work in order to bless you with results.
3. Respect others and they will respect you
This mainly relates to sparring in terms of boxing. After few years spent in the gym practicing the sweet science, new guys are going to come and spar with you. They are going to be slower than you, weaker then you, scared of you. You could broke their nose or ribs without a second thought. But you won’t. Why would you? Respect. You respect fellow new gym member and do your best to help him learn. No fighter with brain will go all out on a newbie, rather he will practise jab, slips, feints without unnecessary power.
It goes both ways, more experienced fighter will have mercy (due to respect) for you, so both of you can learn thing or two while sparring, without broken nose or concussion. Also, when better fighter is purposely opening to you because he want you to learn how to leverage mistakes, do NOT go all in. Respect.
Learn to respect people in life and they will respect you.
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