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

SportsMap Weekend Boxing Rewind

Manny proves age is just a number

Photo courtesy of Premier Boxing Champions.

Manny Pacquaio outworked, outsmarted and outslugged Keith Thurman on Saturday night in Las Vegas to claim the WBA Welterweight Super Title and re-announce his presence to the rest of the division. Pacquiao looked like his old self, especially early in the fight, to win a clear but competitive decision over Thurman, who entered the ring ten years Pacquiao's younger. Ringside judges scored the fight 114-113 for Thurman and 115-112 (twice) for Pacquiao. SportsMap.com also scored the bout 115-112 in favor of Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who now splits his time between boxing and senatorial duties in the Philippines, looked like vintage Manny in the early going, landing a right hook near the end of the first round that sent Thurman sprawling to the canvas. Thurman was up quickly and didn't appear to be badly hurt by the knockdown. Pacquiao continued the quick start by landing the harder, more damaging punches throughout the first half of the fight. Pacquiao routinely initiated the action by pressuring Thurman with flurries of combinations. The knockdown, paired with Pacquiao's early success gave him an advantage on the scorecards he would never relinquish.

Thurman began to feel Pacquiao out as the fight moved into the middle rounds, timing Pacquiao's volume combinations with well placed counters. While Thurman snapped Pacquiao's head back at times, he never rose beyond competitive and never seemed to take the fight back over from Pacquiao, who laid claim to it following the knockdown.

If there was any doubt the 40 year old could finish off the victory, it was removed in round ten, when Pacquiao badly hurt Thurman with a body shot. The blow left Thurman covering up to the body and leaving his head vulnerable to combinations for the remainder of the round. Thurman bounced back with a nice round 11 but the damage was done. Entering the final stanza Thurman needed a knockout. But once again it was Pacquiao who landed the heavier work.

Thurman was gracious in defeat, saying he felt the fight was close but acknowledged that he had lost. It was the first defeat in Thurman's career. He expressed interest in making a rematch.

By winning Pacquiao once again has claim to being a top-3 welterweight in the world, along with PBC stablemate Errol Spence as well as Terence Crawford. A unification bout with Spence, the IBF welterweight champion, would be easy to make. However it won't be made in the immediate future. Spence is set to fight WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter in September. Spence would be a heavy favorite over Pacquiao. Because of this fact, paired with Pacquiao's marketability, a fight between the two would likely only be made it what would be Pacquiao's last fight. After Saturday's performance Pacquiao's career doesn't appear to be anywhere close to finish, so I would expect Manny to be back in the ring in the fall against the mandatory challenger for his WBA title.

UGAS DOMINATES FIGUEROA

On the undercard Cuban national Yordenis Ugas has no trouble defeating Omar Figueroa, winning a unanimous decision by scores of 119-107 (three times.) SportsMap.com also scored the fight 119-107 for Ugas.

Ugas won every minute of every round, beating Figueroa at his own game. Figueroa, content to fight on the inside, was a step behind the quicker, more technically skilled Ugas. He was repeatedly countered with uppercuts up the middle, and never made any adjustments that led observers to believe Figueroa could solve Ugas. The fight makes Ugas the mandatory challenger for the WBC welterweight title. Ugas fought Porter for the WBC title earlier in the year and lost a controversial decision.

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