INTRO

A wrecking ball of a human colliding with her targets looking like she is swinging from her arms trapeze to trapeze.

Grace and torrential power.

Those are the kind of punches I want. 

March 1971, I arrived.  Italian mom, wasp dad.  Fire in my heart- a deep sadness in my soul- empathy my guide.

Ohio is a good place to be from……….thousands of miles away from. My father ran and headed west as most young brooding men did in the 70’s…….Severing me from the matronly bond plunking us down in Colorado.

The mountains shaped me and mother nature held me close, consoling and comforting me- sheltering me from loss of the family unit.  Thin mountain air strengthened my lungs and built the force behind my voice.  Dillon Valley carved out from glaciers, whittled my personality into this sinew and bone becoming Tricia.

The story I will tell over the next few years is one of how I became.  One of how you can become.  A trial and error of victim to personal responsibility.  A right of passage into humanness.

The past a mediocre sculptor influencing direction……the present a logician, philosopher and artist taking the scraps and binding them into something tangible and magnificent.  The future an oracle paving the way and lighting up directions to take.  Every moment leading to healing and an unflappable resilience.

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The best

I used to be driven by being the best.

I had this arrogance that I could be or that I was better than others…..that I had skills others didn’t have.  That I would be recognized by “the world” as the best trainer out there.  I would watch how others would train their boxers and think I could do a better job.  An all consuming feeling driven by insecurity.

Going on my 7th year in business has cured me of these thoughts.  

There is no best over another….being the “best” is short lived and untrue.

You knockout somebody today only to land face down on the mat another.

I approach each day more mechanistically.  Over the years, switching from looking externally for approval and recognition to looking hard at myself in the mirror.  I have a daily routine of critiquing the vocabulary I use in my thoughts in my spoken language.  I work on my body to also be more efficient.  This type of discipline leaves me little to no room for nonsense.

What am I contributing…..where are the errors in my ways…….how can I clean up what I do and do it more efficiently……where can I provide more impact that improves society?This gym is a tiny ecosystem that is successful because of each part…..not because I’m the best or because our coaches are the best.

You can feel it off of others when they think they can do a better job than you.  It’s how we are conditioned in an individualistic society.  Even though we all know there are many ways to do things…..we still get stuck on our way being the only way.  We judge from the corner, not knowing all the hours or specifics of training that went into learning.  We assume when a boxer fails at a task that if we the outsider just impart some wisdom upon them that they will magically be able to do things better.  We act as though their coach has never told them what we are about to teach.
I’ve been that coach………..It’s separatist and false.

Collaboration is important…..being able to learn from multiple people is essential…….competition for imparting knowledge is stupid.

Being #1 is a blip in time—–easily replaceable by #50. All boxers know that you really only have the capability to master yourself….and when you do, you sometimes win the immediate competition BUT- you always win in what you can contribute to the world

I’d like to shout out to all the boxing gyms and coaches in the PNW-  We all do are part to influence and better our gym members and competitors.  We aren’t the best nor the worst…….just a bunch of passionate folks who know how liberating boxing training can be!

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In the way

The only person in the way of you is you.

Every obstacle is a chance to develop choice of perception.  Your interpretation is up to you…..

but that takes work………a…….lot………of……………Work

“Don’t be a blight on society” The phrase from my father in my youth—-It burns from the inner ear and whooshes to every limb.  Tattooing my ego and cementing in all self worth.  Work for what you want-  relentlessly.

Every obstacle is a chance to develop choice of perception.  We are influenced by all the environments we have lived in.  From the womb to the present, we are receptacles intaking  a constant barrage of information.  Examples of decision making being modeled then processed by all our senses………distorting and contorting connective tissue into shapes representing emotions- responses and reactions.

Awareness is knowing what is influencing your every thought, It’s knowing what is influencing your decision making.

Every obstacle is a chance to develop choice of perception.  You must deal with the reality of what is inhibiting your desired outcome.  You cannot sit there, steeped in want with no change in approach.

A boxer uses each moment to gather information about patterns.  In the amateurs there are 6-9 minutes to interpret the opponent and one’s own ability and respond accordingly.  You have to get good quick.

Every obstacle is a chance to develop choice of perception.  You find possibility and hope if you look in the right direction…..if you know accurately where you are coming from……

In the heat of battle-  you will find out what you are capable of only to return to the daily in order to perfect all that went wrong.

It’s a lifetime of work if you choose to take on this mission.

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coaching

I am learning guitar.  Next to coaching, guitar consumes me.  Music and boxing -expressions of self, of nature.

I can’t wait for my next practice session. How to change chords, how to strum.  How to read a tab and break down a song I am trying to learn.  I have a guitar at the gym and one at home…..I want to be near one at all times.

I started as a #coachesdowntime way to spend time with Jen outside of boxing.  But I’ve gotten so much more.

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Music has changed my thinking.  I feel rhythms as I watch my boxers move about the ring……I can sense when tempo needs to change and I feel the off beat better.  I think in 1 and 2 and 3 and…………  Sound waves are powerful and can be used to manipulate space and time.  I make my instructions to fill the off beat and spur change.

Coaching is a personality- a lifestyle-  it can consume and take you away from yourself, your family.  You can get lost in giving.  Music keeps me from floating away into all of that.

Playing guitar is my skill development….my quality time where the whir of my brain that mimics a screamo song can calm down…..be clear………my whole self at peace.  Grounded and secure in the confines of a scale.

Learning an instrument has interrupted the pattern of external need…..dropped me into myself and allowed a deeper connection in collaboration.

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Crown Shyness

The space between trees that don’t touch

It’s between you and me-  Boxer and Coach

Crowd and Fighter

That walk- an endless hallway in a horror flick

All that space…………to wander off

It’s too long-  time to think and listen to the murmuring dysfunction that drink and expected violence elicit –  Walking through them and me-

I head up each sysiphean  step through the space in between the ropes that will contain me and you

I breath and the clenching grip lets loose, preparing me for your touch.

We are called to the center to close the chasm – now a 3 in a square on stage for all to see

The bell rings and we follow it’s resonance to contact

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Betting and boxing

As we enter the 2020s, it’s hard to deny that interest in professional boxing has declined sharply in the United States. While the sport has enjoyed something of a resurgence in parts of Europe, it appears to be long past its heyday in American sports. Think of the last time a big heavyweight bout seized popular attention akin to “major” sports, and you’ll likely come up empty. Look back on the most inspirational boxers in history, and you’ll find they’re all associated with decades and eras past.

There are plenty of theories as to why boxing has declined the way it has in the U.S. Some argue that America simply has less of an edge in the sport. Others suggest there’s a link to growing criticism of the NFL, and that modern American fans are simply less interested in sports that can be perceived as dangerous. Then again, there’s also the popular argument that newer alternatives like the UFC have stolen boxing’s audience (though there’s little compelling evidence of this). One possibility we don’t hear as much about though, but which may be the most interesting of all, is that the subdued betting culture in the U.S. these last few decades has helped to quell interest in the sport.

It was the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 that banned states from allowing and regulating sports betting services, essentially taking away a popular side activity for boxing fans. The Act was essentially undone via a 2018 Supreme Court ruling, but one can make the argument that one of its lasting impacts was to help ease boxing away from mainstream sports and into more of a niche classification. Once upon a time the sport earned regular coverage, and one reason so many people followed it so closely was that they could bet on the outcomes – or at least gauge the fights by way of betting odds that were commonly and openly discussed. Over the years, that same interest continued to exist, but it was largely bottled up in a few specific areas (most notably Las Vegas) where sports betting remained legal.

Given the undoing of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, however, the betting scene is rapidly shifting once more in the U.S. The Supreme Court’s decision indirectly launched a movement of betting legislation across the country. Sports betting sites have now been legalized in a handful of states, and their regulation is under consideration in many more. Not only does this mean that millions more Americans have already regained access to legal sports betting (or in the cases of younger sports fans, been introduced to it for the first time). It has also brought about newer, more sophisticated, and more varied betting options than Americans could access previously – including virtually unlimited listings for professional boxing matches across various platforms.

Along with this rebirth of legal sports betting in the U.S., we’ve seen a quick transition among sports media companies toward covering gambling as a sort of adjacent interest. Entities as mainstream as ESPN now devote regular, direct attention to gambling odds, betting advice and the like, which essentially serves as simultaneous advertisement and education for the rising betting industry. In other words, the average American sports fan isn’t just potentially gaining the ability to bet – he or she is also being taught how and where to do it strategically.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that these fans will flock to boxing. As noted above, there are reasons beyond betting that may speak to why the sport has declined among U.S. viewers. If we accept that a lack of access to the once-thriving boxing betting markets is at least part of the problem though, these changes could certainly be helpful. In time, the chance to analyze professional fights according to the odds and the experts’ opinions, as well as the ability to gain more personal attachment to matches by way of legal wagering could inspire a reasonable number of fans to give the sport a fresh chance.

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BECOMING: a guest blog!

Arcaro Boxing gym is magic. The gym has a constant hum of energy, echoes of all that activity and intention, even when there is no one there, and the bell is silent. Everyone seems happy at the gym, despite the sweating, the muscle fatigue, twinges of pain, people are quicker to smile in Arcaro, I think everyone feels it. This is where we go to become who we always wanted to be. 

It is an in-between place, because 100% of all people who walk through the door are Becoming. We all go there to make something of ourselves. That’s a lot of concentrated intention. We go to make ourselves boxers. We go to make ourselves feel safe. We go to make ourselves stronger. We go to become professional boxers or Golden glove champions, or we go to become nicer looking, healthier, or just stronger. Everyone who goes there is in between one thing and another. Becoming. We are all of us, in transition. We go to this temple and we pray to our best self, our highest self, our future selves, stronger, and wiser than we are in this moment. That is what all the sweating is for, a sacrifice of sorts, to ensure a bountiful return. 

Combat sports have always been spiritual experiences throughout human history. In ancient tradition, those who sought to become enlightened, often engaged in martial arts to Become their best, most enlightened self. “Spirit is defined as the principal of conscious life; the vital principal in humans, animating the body or mediating between the body and soul.” https://www.dictionary.com/browse/spirit?s=t It is a healing path. The training is prayer, brings our bodies, minds, and spirits into perfect balance, all 100% of you focused on one  singular purpose. Intention is powerful. Almost every culture has some kind of martial art, and many of them are linked to religion or spirituality, because it is a spiritual practice. It gives us constant rewards in strength, and skill, self-confidence and self-esteem, in other words, lifts our spirits. You can feel yourself getting stronger, better. When you practice martial arts, when you are boxing, you aren’t fighting a heavy bag, and you certainly aren’t fighting another person. You’re fighting to become the best you. You’re fighting a world that doesn’t believe in you, doesn’t believe you can become a better you

In the ancient times, Sumerian word for “battle” translates to, “Dance of Inanna”. Inanna was the goddess of beauty, love, and battle. Humans think highly of skill in battle traditionally. It’s written like fan fiction all throughout our history books. There are countless variations of “God of war, goddess of war” in nearly every culture’s history. Monks train in kung fu and tai chi famously spiritual martial artists. Martial arts are everywhere on this planet. Thailand, Laos, the Philippines, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Greece. It’s a common experience amongst humans, even though we are a culturally diverse species. 

Humans are in a spiritual transition at all times, the transition from child, to adult, to elder, to death. We have a need to grow, to learn, to become stronger. In this way, we are all fundamentally the same, and we cannot change it. When we were children we wished for the authority and agency of adulthood, and many adults miss their childhood at some point in their lives. When you are boxing you wish for nothing, because you have everything you need, and there is only NOW when you have to watch for punches aimed at your face. Mindfulness meditation, a Buddhist practice which is great for helping with anxiety, cannot match boxing for keeping you grounded in the NOW.  

 

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Inner Conflict

I hit the bag with what feels like pillows on my hands.  Every massive swing does not generate the thud that I am looking for.  Searching for feeling somewhere in my trunk.

NOTHINGNESS

Looking for access, for the flood gates to open.  Each time I step up to this defenseless bag hanging from the rafters, I think I have it.  More emptiness.  No relation, no understanding and a complete lack of power.

I imagine the sublime yet reality sets into the true disconnection.  I try again and again to feel effective.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words.  Listen-  Rumi

Stepping up again to the menacing bag, I turn on the soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar and begin to let go.  The pillows emerge-  I keep going undeterred….not looking for an explanation or definitions.  The pillows become knuckles and I feel them for the first time.  The music a connection from my youth driving, unlocking the conflict with in.

Sweat fills my shirt, the moisture inching its way down while some spills on to the floor.  Puddles of my past released and gasping their last breaths of existence.  Knuckles become anvils and hips turn to drive every bit of understanding into my inanimate foe.

Some people seek emotional conflict because they can’t face the conflict within themselves-  @Unknown Philosopher

I am tired of the tornados and hurricanes that I stir up.  Weary from avoidance.  I step up to the bag, hit play on the soundtrack and start punching.  My eyes sweat profusely within 3 minutes and I begin to sob, guttural heaving, clenching the heavy bag to keep me upright.  The tiredness becomes relief……I am finding the conflict within so I can address myself……to take responsibility for all that I am, all that I have and all that I want.

Boxing will always give you access to the conflict within.

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Gratitude

I enter and the steam hits my face obliterating the cold outside.

Fist bumps around, smiling faces involved in their tasks.

Coaches walking around filling the gaps of unknown with simple instruction.  Adding encouragement, useful criticism and a dose of a nudge or push.

1200 square feet completely used on the daily, every nook and cranny supporting the secrets that the heavy bags keep.

Arcaro, an Italian family full of its own history and the namesake of all that happens in this space.  A family storied with struggle, strife, successes and transitions.  All that boxing is encapsulated in heritage.

Grandpa Arcaro from World War I to the walls protecting Cincinnati roads….masonry his craft.  A formidable patriarch in a family of 19 including himself paving the way for the rest of us to ease on in.

There is no simple family, no simple Thanksgiving, no easy way to live this life…….no way to reconcile what our relatives did or didn’t do.  We are here now with a duty to give to one another…..to make a story that changes the past.

Boxing always makes the most sense-  it is our vehicle to provide a community to support you no matter your status, your place in history, your path to the future.

We are thankful for you and for this gym that has grown beyond us all.

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What’s your motivation

6 years in the game with my own business. 17 years in boxing.

17 years and more of growth!  Failure and more growth-  success and more growth……..tons of growth.

My motivation is community.  It’s serving my fellow humans in the hopes that what I do will be exponentially shared out into my local area- city- state and ultimately country/world.

My service is daily inside these windows and out there on the street.

What’s my incentive?

The more folks we have interested in being of service to one another-  the more folks we have wanting to pay their experiences forward for others’ benefit, the easier it is to live.

We are a hard working- diligent and motivated gym wanting to produce skilled recreational and competitive boxers—–wanting to provide people the opportunity to be able to contribute to the well being of others.

If you want more than a boxing gym, check us. out.

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