Boxology

Boxing’s a never-ending PhD in which you discover, keep and discard multiple theories…

You can never settle on any particular idea…..you have to follow laws of nature.

A boxer’s biology, body mechanics, mental focus and emotional intelligence all fall under the umbrella of laws of nature.

You can’ t forget your own…..it”s all part of the mix.

Coaches study the ins and outs of our sport from the competitive boxer’s experience.

Early morning unrest, fretting, doubting, exuberance, humility, passion- a part of our daily diet.

Coaching is a lifestyle-  it’s who I am.  By lifestyle, I’m not talking about that imaginary ideal in the sky lifestyle that we peddle as a society……I am talking about the poop shoveling, hard questioning, quest for knowledge lifestyle.  The kind of lifestyle where you are always owning up to how you affect others in this world.

It’s why we love boxing.  Two exposed souls giving and taking what each other has to offer….manipulating distance and timing….exposing and being exposed.  The immediate drama of our lives plays out before us in a physical display- no script.

Everyone should lace up and experience sparring at least once in their lifetime…….preferably more.  While sparring, you learn more about yourself in the privacy of your thoughts all the while portraying through your body what you think is secret.

Each coach studies this sport in and out……we study ourselves inside and out.

So much goes into fight preparation.  There’s a massive tug to keep the fighter within a zone that doesn’t go into full on flight/fight for weeks before the fight.  They are a constant blast of adrenaline just thinking about their bout and you have to steer them into that still zone…..the quiet…….the place they can breathe without freezing up to think about what’s ahead.  That place the breathe makes you feel like you are floating and watching yourself in a movie.

Our coaches train you to be prepared to fight whether you ever strap on the headgear or not.  We have been in the ring and taken others there.  You can use these skills to face challenges that excite you in life.  Ones that you feel apprehension, nerves, anxiety….anything about……..you can use boxing skills to take on these experiences.  You can make boxing a lifestyle-

A cerebrally physical expression of you.

#BoxOn

 

 

 

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Snippets of sun

October gold all around as the wind wisps lighter objects on the ground up into the air and violently returns them to the earth.  The sun through the windows feigns a balmy outdoors.  Stepping outside feeling the prick of cold on my skin I watch the exhale of my breath take shape against the city scape.

It’s Fall at the gym, Change feels good….

I’ve set a 5 year  vision for myself and the gym.  I want this space to exist and be whether I’m here or not.  A place for serious community members to come in and work on all that is dysfunctional in their lives.  I have my work cut out for me.  I want Arcaro to be a respectful place where the heavy bags keep secrets and the ropes contain the stories shared on the canvas.

In my determination for growth and self-accountability, I have a space that is emerging in spite of me and beyond me.  For this, I am most proud.  For a space wholly dependent on me is my cage and ultimately yours.  I want my coaches, my boxers, my community to surpass my capabilities…..to take this space further than I ever could with the integrity of hard work and people as its centerpiece.

A business- kids- anything outside of you and dependent on you is the quickest way to find out what your are made of (if you don’t spar that is)

7 years ago, I was made up of a lot of insecurity-  disconnection- need for approval.  Each and everyday I had to face the ugly in me or the business wouldn’t grow and change.  I had to see all the ways I was screwing up (still have to) or succumb to complacency.

Boxing is my grounding-  it has taught me how to continually come back to fundamentals.  How to be excited at looking for all that is wrong and lacking.  Boxing has taught me how to take the absolute lowest blow to the cleanest punch and still stay centered.

It is this environment that is being established with everyone who walks into Arcaro.

Heritage- DNA- environment –  it all shaped us and continues to shape us………

Get in here and find your ugly!

#boxon

 

 

 

 

 

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#coachesdowntime story

Confession:

I’ve been afraid of my InstaPot

Well, really I feel anxious when I have to read manuals…..follow directions……fill out new forms……you get the idea.

I can go in the ring and get punched, but having to read a manual will induce rapid heart rate, the desire to freeze, sweaty armpits……lack of focus….etc……

Over the past couple of weeks I decided to take myself head on!  Reading recipes and InstaPot manuals……

Masterpieces have ensued!!!!!

Thanks to Dad Cooks Dinner  and my new found bravery, Braised InstaPot Oxtails became a real thing.

 

Really my anticipation is a greater cause of anxiety because when I just start and don’t take time to overthink – the directions are easy and I learn a little something.

The meal was bomb!

#boxon

 

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No nonsense vision

We are a no nonsense gym.  Deeply rooted in community efforts.

When you come here, we are committed to helping you find your most powerful leverage.

“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.

– Steve Jobs

We meet you where your effort is.

There are so many details to the punch that we never run out of material…never a dull moment experienced searching for that perfection feeling that spirals from within the body and spills out and through our target.

We are at the intersection skill and passion.

“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and  just do it.” – Wanda Sykes

You have to come in, show up and stay consistent to get what you want.  The fight is within you, we just show you how to perfect your delivery.  It is your style we wish to embellish, to craft and create a well balanced experience of biomechanical freedom.

Your passion is waiting for your courage to catch up-  Isabelle Lafleche

Start out learning your fundamentals.  Commit to a training regime.  Work your way to sparring.

Everyone should get hit at least once.  This is how you learn your responses to duress.  How you can safely learn how to calm down…stay present and respond versus fight -flee or freeze.  It feels good to be able to slow things down…to see clear and slow down your heart rate when everything around is whirring.

Join the gym and #BoxOn !!!

 

 

 

 

 

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6 most inspirational boxers

6 most inspirational boxers in history

Boxing was first introduced into the ancient Olympic Games in the 7th Century, but other versions can be traced back to 3000 BC. Throughout history, this great sport has provided spectators with uncountable memorable battles, leaving them in awe. In recent history, boxing is considered as one of the most popular types of martial arts in the world. Many athletes have dedicated their lives to providing spectators with exhilarating matches, and their unique contributions to the sport cannot be overlooked. Here are six of the most inspirational boxers who have made their mark on history through their unique fighting styles and exemplary showmanship.

  1. Muhammad Ali, USA

He is fondly known to many boxing fans as ‘The Greatest’ because he had already carved a spot among the legends even before he became a professional. In 1960, he won a gold medal at the Summer Olympics, which was hosted in Rome, Italy. As a professional boxer, Ali transformed into an icon who was also known as a human rights activist; he refused to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was agile but lethal; he flew like a butterfly and stung like a bee.

  1. Jack Johnson, USA

In 1910, Johnson rose to stardom after defeating the then heavyweight champion James Jeffries, who was white and claimed that white people were better than black people. He made history by being the first black heavyweight world champion after he knocked-out Jeffries in the 15th round of their match. Jeffries was previously undefeated and this was the first loss of his boxing career. Johnson was a great showman, so he became one of the first black athletes worldwide to receive numerous endorsement deals.

  1. Oscar De La Hoya, Mexico

He was also known as ‘The Golden Boy’ because of his good looks and charisma. De La Hoya played a huge role in catapulting boxing match viewership to a non-boxing fanbase. As a Mexican American, he created a large fan base crossing country borders which made him one of the first athletes to truly amass wealth through boxing. He can be credited for paving the way for other boxers like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in the era of Pay-Per-View extravaganza.

  1. Mike Tyson, USA

Tyson is a polarizing figure in the sport because of his outside of his outside the ring troubles.  His ferocious and explosive “peekaboo” fighting style made him a fan favorite.   His nickname ‘Iron Mike’ came as a result of winning all of his first 38 professional fights, with 34 of them being via knockout. Although Tyson was incarcerated for 4 years, he went on to win the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.  After he retired from the sport, he became an actor and has appeared in many Hollywood productions such as The Hangover movie series. He also hosts live shows.

  1. Floyd Mayweather, USA

After Oscar De La Hoya set the stage, Mayweather took the mantle of being the biggest boxing star by successfully transforming boxing from being a simple sport into a mainstream part of daily life. In his early 30s, the aggressive boxer became a household name, winning millions of dollars through his fights. He retired with 49 wins and zero losses in boxing.  He gained his 50thcombat sport win after defeating MMA’s Conor McGregor. Mayweather was the highest-paid athlete in 2018after winning $275 million (£223 million) and he is currently the highest-paid boxer of all time. His net worth is approximately $1 billion (£814 million).

  1. Manny Pacquiao, Philippines

Nicknamed Pacman, Pacquiao is a true cultural icon who captivated spectators worldwide with his relentless and unique fighting style. He started as a flyweight and quickly made his mark on other weight classes, going as high as a super welterweight. He rivalled Mayweather by amassing a fortune throughout his boxing career; however, he has used a lot of his wealth to give back to his country and community. His career has been remarkable mainly because he managed to win against opponents much larger than him.

Moving forward, boxing is bound to get more interesting because new athletes are using a more modern social media approach to fighting to get their names on this list. Fans are also keenly following the athletes from their beginnings and placing stakes in their success.

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skills

At Arcaro we are focused on the fundamentals.

Fundamentals in boxing, communication, awareness……..just overall fundamentals.

You don’t have to compete to be treated like a competitive boxer.

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You do have to want to face discomfort……to face how ineffective we all move.  How we have so much to improve.

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You have to be willing to work through your cognitive dissonance…….to reframe the way you see life.

Boxing gyms are active places.  They hold the keys to the way the world works.  They give you a place to learn skills applicable to the outside.

Our entire fitness industry has us believing many inaccurate things about stretching, cardio, what fitness means in general.

At Arcaro we dispel the myths and get to work.  We help you to move better, feel better and think clearer through multi pronged approaches to training.

We develop your punch from the ground up so you can feel what leverage really is.

We connect you with other community members so you can experience what a boxer does when they are part of a stable.  What it truly means to have training partners.

We are no frills, we are committed and we #BoxOn!

 

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Outcome

Our outcomes are the result of the sum of our decisions.  Our decisions are the sum of our reactions.  Our reactions are in response to our thoughts

If the body is dysfunctional….the mind will be too.  We are not separate.

I take a multi faceted approach to changing my outcomes if I am not happy with what I am obtaining. Starting with capturing thoughts and logging them into a database (entirely in my head) I begin to notice patterns.  Patterns of responses to thoughts….Patterns of thoughts.  I see what reactions arise and I see how I respond to those reactions. I observe the outcomes I get and continue this information gathering process until I have enough awareness of what it is that I am actually doing.

When doing the above, I notice where I physically feel thoughts and reactions……I study my bodily dysfunctions.  I notice what my body tends to do during the entire process from conscious thought to response/reaction.

It’s all a science experiment.

Without awareness of what is actually happening, I cannot take responsibility and without responsibility, I have no autonomy or ability to change further outcomes.

Bodies in motion-  so many variations.  Dysfunction after dysfunction altering our course. We’ve simplified our temple- Made it seem as if it operates in a bunch of straight lines.  It’s as if our vision does us a disservice because we can only perceive what is ahead of us.

We forget that the back of us connects to the front and that our sides are vital to our structural integrity.

We piece meal ourselves for the delight of others.  Objectifying this and that and murdering off the parts we hate.  So disconnected that we can no longer feel when the flame is too hot.

We’ve created an imaginary world where perfection exists for a few and the rest of us are doomed to only strive.

This gym combats all that is made up and socks you between the eyes with reality.The doldrum of basics gains excitement and notoriety and when you are encased in these walls,  you are heralded for your ability to feel weak, inefficient and disconnected……because if you put in your time on the daily, these things slowly change.

It’s the effort that binds us into community.  When we want to avoid the discomfort, we know that others are also dependent upon our bravery. They too are feeding off the energy we bring to each training session.  The coach is there for the redirection……the reminder to stay on course…..but the motivation has to come from within……for there are no pom poms and rah-rahs to make you have the desire.

#BoxOn !

 

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When you can’t sleep- Think

Inside the ropes everything makes literal sense.

A punch has velocity and angles- such simplicity.  You must master your response system- constantly picking up reactionary speed.

The onslaught doesn’t slow down for your emotional processing- it continues, uninvited forcing you into looking at yourself long and hard.  Who are you when it really hits the fan?   You think you know, but I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Unless you’re a boxer, or you’ve experienced fast paced duress, you probably have no clue who you are in that space.

It’s a rude awakening at first.  A questioning to the bone.  You think you get a handle on yourself and then you find out, There’s levels to this ISH.

Each new push into the unknown reveals a part of me I don’t like…..EVERY TIME.  It’s the cold hard look in the mirror of, yes, I still have those reactions that get me no where.  That slight flinch, the push- away….the tension, the clenched jaw, or the holding of breath.  Ya, there’s levels.

I prefer the fine tuning of physical to mental to emotional……and back again.  If you come in the gym and it seems I am somewhere else…..I’m not…..I’m right here in the trenches, in the thick of it trying to solve a problem……a body riddle—a mechanical error.  It’s my favorite place to reside.  I don’t want extraneous distraction…..just pure focus.

Solving problems…..figuring how to get my own body to move and feel better….getting others to have the same experience……This is how I want to spend all my time.

I want to meet myself over and over in the places I don’t like and widdle away all the extra movements and reactions until I’m as efficient as I can be.

If you want to join me…..

#boxon

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Opportunity

We are given opportunities in life.  We seize them, or we don’t and seek another chance to change directions.

In working on being more self-aware, I learned that it’s best to have a methodology in which you are able to track yourself.  Whether you are observing decision making or outcomes….really tracking anything you want to help you get to know more about yourself.  It’ the only way I have found that works for me to be able to change my behaviors.

Now, the more physical I am, the easier it is to focus on tracking myself-  to clear my mind of the barrage of feedback it usually has to filter.  My body starts to get more efficient and my mind follows suit.

I was talking to a boxer about patterns of behavior……..This led me to remember that it’s important for boxing coaches to stretch beyond the ring and implement boxing metaphors.  We must speak a physical language that results in action….results in the boxer and ourselves knowing more about what drives our decision making.  Why we have the results we do and how we are responsible for them.  We must do our best to live in awareness of these metaphors for we are all in training together.  This isn’t an us vs them……..We are a team of individuals.

Boxing competition is but a small blip in our lives-  boxing lessons and the practice are life long.

#BoxOn !

 

 

 

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An inspirational story

Take a minute and read this story by Nancy Lieberman and then come back to this blog.

This woman is bad assery!  I wish I had a smidge of what she has…..I’m just a follower when I look at her attitude and her accomplishments.

Today, Coach Jen and I take to the ring a gal who has worked 3 long hard years to get ready.  She has taken determination to a new level.  It’s people like Nancy Lieberman who have paved the way for us to walk through with less obstacles.

I’ll take 1000 boxers who might not have natural talent and ability, but they possess desire, humility and drive………when stuff gets really hard, they might get scared, but they don’t quit………..when they realize what it’s going to take to get to another level, they don’t bag out because of the work ethic it will take.

I’ll take 1000 of these boxers rather than 1 with an insane amount of natural talent.

When I read Nancy Lieberman’s story, I realized that it really is through coaching boxing that I’m finding myself….lengthening my stride and finally maturing.  (it only took over 40 years). I did many ground breaking things in my youth and young adulthood….but I did not have the work ethic from inside to stick those things out and become proficient at a higher level.

In coaching boxing, the timing is right.  I’m not special…..I just work really hard and push my limitations.  I expect others to meet me on the same road and get this work in on the daily.  I don’t like downtime without purpose…..except for the occasional game of Fishdom.  🙂  Even that is a game of patterns that I apply to my life.

….But they only drove me further to be the best. Then I remember I saw this man on the TV and he would say, “I’m the greatest!” That he beat Sonny Liston, that he beat Joe Frazier.I stood in front of my TV, mesmerized, and I walked into the kitchen, put my hands on my hips and looked at my mother, then pointed at her and said, “You better get used to it. I’m gonna make history. I’m gonna be the greatest women’s basketball player ever.”And I walked out the kitchen.  Muhammad Ali was my hero. He taught me to love me and to be fearless in my pursuit of excellence.—Nancy Lieberman

Boxing infiltrates every bit of our fabric whether you like it or not…..it is a part of every culture’s DNA—–fighting, warring, maneuvering for position is what everything in nature does…….we are all looking for our differential advantage.

I’m going to put my head down…..continue to learn about body mechanics and the science of boxing so when I’m done with this life, I will have modeled to others what it means to mature and contribute instead of bag out of the difficulty it takes to master essential skills that benefit nature and humanity.

Here’s to Sierra “Jaguar” Clifford, to my corner mate Coach Jen, to coach Molly and Denise………Hard work creates opportunity!

#BoxOn !

 

 

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