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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The Astros suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Yankees Thursday. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

After an impressive two-game sweep of the NL-best Mets at home earlier in the week, the Astros took to the road to begin a four-game series with the league-best Yankees on Thursday night. To little surprise, the series started with a bang (no, not a trash can bang) in more ways than one, confirming that this series should be a must-watch this weekend.

New York's comeback proves no lead will be safe

Right from the get-go, the loud Yankee Stadium faithful had their chance to rain boos down on Jose Altuve before showing some pleasure as he led off the series by being hit by a pitch. They were quickly, though only temporarily, quieted as Altuve would come in to score two batters later on a three-run blast by Alex Bregman.

Three-run homers seemed to be a theme, as New York would get one of their own to tie the game off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton to tie the game, then Yordan Alvarez continued his dominant June by pushing the Astros back in front by three with another three-run bomb in the third, making it 6-3. That lead held through to the bottom of the ninth, where instead of holding it, Ryan Pressly issued two walks to set up the fourth homer of the game to tie things again before Aaron Judge would get a walk-off single to complete the impressive comeback.

Not only will we get to sit back and watch the slug-fest between Yordan and Judge this weekend, but it looks like with Alex Bregman swinging well again to round out the top of Houston's order, the Astros may be getting closer to their full power. So far in June, these two teams sit third and fourth in on-base percentage, with the Astros at .351 and the Yankees right behind at .350. That means we should continue to see scoring opportunities on both sides that can tilt momentum one way or the other as these lineups try to battle against the opposing pitcher.

How will the aces fare

Verlander vs. Judge, and Cole vs. Alvarez, need I say more? Although we won't see Justin Verlander go up against Gerrit Cole in the same game in this series (they should go head to head next Thursday, however), they will pitch on back-to-back days, with Houston's ace going Friday night and New York's on Saturday afternoon. Verlander is coming off his worst start of the year, a three and two-thirds inning outing where the White Sox put up seven runs, four earned, against him and knocked him out early to give him his third loss and increased his ERA from 1.94 to 2.30.

The last time he faced the Yankees was in the Bronx in the 2019 playoffs, in ALCS Game 5, where he went seven frames while allowing four runs, all on two homers in the first inning, which is all New York needed to grab the 4-1 victory to make it a 3-2 Houston lead in the series, which the Astros would go on to clinch in Game 6. So, with the double dose of bad taste in his mouth, it will be interesting to see if he can use that as the fuel to get back to the phenomenal form he's had this year or if the Yankees try to jump on him early like they did nearly three years ago.

Cole, meanwhile, is fresh off of two quality starts in a row against the Rays, where he allowed just one run on six hits with nineteen strikeouts over 13.1 innings of work. He's had his share of strife this season, though, including a seven-run shelling by the Twins earlier this month, along with a start in April where he couldn't make it through two innings against the Tigers. He's had success against his former club, most notably a complete-game shutout in Houston last July with twelve K's and holding the Astros to just three hits.

If the series opener was any indication, we are in for the treat of a playoff-caliber matchup, if not a potential ALCS preview that we may see in October. The Yankees showed why they have the best record and are the hottest team in baseball on Thursday night, but the Astros were only a good outing from their closer away from having a relatively lopsided win. The rivalry is real; the competition is close, and we get to enjoy the show.

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