Confucius say "When it comes to life, hit it hard!"

Life lessons that you learn from boxing

Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. To claim your free tour, contact her at info@tourismgymhtx.com

D'Marcus, my boxing trainer, has been teaching me many things. I'm not going to lie, boxing is hard to master. He is always reminding me about one of the late great Bruce Lee's sayings. "A punch is not just a punch until you figure out that a punch is just a punch." It seems like that makes no sense, but it does. Basically, in the beginning of the learning process of anything, it may look easy until you learn what's all involved. After practice, many mistakes, and finally mastery, it becomes second nature like a simple punch.

In this article, D'Marcus going to demonstrate the proper boxing stance and how to throw a jab. I'm going to apply it to the life lesson that I wanted to learn. You can apply these lessons in anything in life from your relationships to your finances and of course, boxing.


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Proper Boxing Stance and Taking Risks

Getting in position: Keep your back straight and your shoulders in a straight line across. Squat down about 50 degrees keeping an even center of gravity and stay in balance. Position your dominate hand in the lead and your weaker hand behind. Remember to keep your chin tucked down and your fists up to protect your face. Keep your elbows in to protect your body.

Life lesson: Before doing anything take a lot care to know your position. Take time to get your details straight and adopt a good routine to practice. Remember to stay balanced. It is oh too easy to just throw yourself in your project and never come up for air. This will burn you out quick. Play your strengths and be ready to recognize your weaknesses. Always protect yourself whether it is get some back up or not over extending yourself.


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How to Throw the Boxing Jab and How and When to Get Started

Now you ready to strike. Get into the proper boxing stance. When you strike, throw a straight and precise jab. Keep your fist balled up tight to ensure proper mechanics. Be sure to turn the fist over as you return back to stance. Be sure to breathe to get oxygen to the lungs between each strike. When striking make a complete, full arm extension and repeat.

Life Lesson: When you finally decide to get started with any venture, take all the things you have learned and practiced, then adopt it as a daily routine. When you are ready to act, pay attention to the details and plan carefully. When you execute and act, analyze what went well and what needs improvement. Make changes quickly. Always make sure you are taking care of your health with good diet and exercise. When you act, throw your all into it to get the best results.

I really wish I knew this 4 years ago when I started my business. I think I could have avoided having to learn so many lessons. Good thing I'm learning boxing now. Next time, we learn about uppercuts and crosses.

If you are interested in taking a class or personal training with D'Marcus at Title Boxing Club contact Jovan at info@tourismgymhtx.com

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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