I’ve decided to take a little fitness break this week to focus on the technical aspects of boxing. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons:
1) I’m tired. My muscles are fatigued. I have a few injuries which doesn’t work well if I’m in this for the long haul. The technical sessions are still a workout, let me tell you, so it’s not like I’m sitting on the sidelines taking notes. We are working.
2) My skills are quite rudimentary and I don’t want to start practicing bad habits like dropping my hands on a jab (because that will get me whacked in the face) or standing square to the opponent (which opens me to getting whacked in the ribs). There is a lot to learn between knowing where to put my feet, how to step forward, back, sideways, how to throw a jab, then a right, then another. Truthfully it all feels super unnatural which I was assured by Coach Steve (who is incredibly patient), that nothing about boxing is really natural. It is all about practice and repetition. Good to hear since right now I look like a junior high kid at my first sock hop – clumsy steps, flailing arms, no rhythm, slightly off-balance. It is not pretty out there folks.
AND they make you watch yourself in a mirror which I’m having a little trouble doing. No one wants to see his or her 13 year old self again! Awkward. I completely understand the purpose of the mirrors. If I was watching, I would probably figure out that I’m dropping my hands. I’d like to figure that out before sparring because I’m a big fan of my nose. I want to protect it at all costs. So I guess I better get in touch with my inner 13 year old.
Thanks everyone for your support. It is encouraging to know I have so many people behind me on this journey. I’m 60% of the way to getting in the ring for The Clean Fight.