Tag Archives: vulnerability

truth and hiding

The relationship between coach and boxer takes a lot of work.  Communication must be practiced over and over again. I’ve been thinking about this a lot reflecting over the past 30+ amateur fights I’ve had with Greg as we head … Continue reading

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Still stuck on Life Below Zero

Subsistence living folks measure wealth by being able to provide and being able to share.  It’s a simple and necessary part of surviving harsh conditions. We in the city, we are a little soft.  Needing so many comforts that we … Continue reading

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Living in the ring

Boxing is so simple and of course complex at the same instant. Boxing makes you face yourself as an entire system and forces you to own up to all your intent. I’m 46 and still cranking on improving my communication, … Continue reading

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Accountability

Being a coach is a fine balance between being accountable to oneself and holding others accountable.  I’ve referenced before how often others don’t see coaches as human beings with fallibility…..Coach/client-boxer-etc… relationships are a fine line of balance with complicated boundaries. … Continue reading

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Boxing Art

I see all sport as art. Athletes create their masterpieces through movement and expression with their bodies just as an artist uses her brush, pencil, or instrument.  Just as an artist takes an emotion and gives it life, so does … Continue reading

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Boxing- An I- Thou Relationship

A wonderful side effect of a boxing gym, is the wide range of personalities and thinkers that attend.  The community that you immediately have access to.  Luckily, many of these folks share ideas with me and send me articles and … Continue reading

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The intimacy in boxing

Boxing is a sport full of intimacy.  Intimacy with self and others.  It brings us closer to ourselves.  We head into the ring to descend into the depths of personal fear and unknowns and when we come out, we have … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Balance

There is a beautiful balance of indepence and dependency that a boxer must juggle. Being dependent can be very uncomfortable……it can feel like subordination……it can feel as if you aren’t in control and you need to fight or rebel to … Continue reading

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What it’s all about

Being a good coach is so much more than having a good skill set to share.  It is 95% about building effective relationships. I started coaching as a closed off, hidden and not very approachable person.  In hindsight, it’s obvious … Continue reading

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Committing to the punch

Boxing always makes a lot of sense.  It puts concepts into a physical sensical format. For instance:  Committing to the punch.  The more you commit to the punch, the less likely you are to get hit.  It’s scary as hell … Continue reading

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