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Boxing has opened up a whole new world for me. Kat says “you can’t be grateful and angry at the same time”. And what Kat says has to be true because there is one rule at 12 Rounds Boxing. Your coach is always right (even if they are wrong). If you break the rule you have to do 20 burpees and I still have a love/hate relationship with those. So let’s go back to being grateful. I’m grateful that I’m open to learning new skills and that this journey has brought me to boxing. Boxing is hard work but even more important it’s fun and it’s a way to become the person I want to be. Someone who feels strong, confident and empowered. I found a new passion – it’s addictive! I love training at 12 Rounds Boxing. Every coach shows me my possibilities and not my limitations. I admire the way they teach boxing because under the surface it’s about much more than throwing punches.
Boxing makes me present and focused
We live in a busy world and sometimes it’s very hard to be present. There is always a need to do something. When I’m boxing I switch off from the outside world without even realising it. Boxing requires to fully concentrate and give 100%. It leaves no room in your head for anything else. There is no time for overthinking, no time for planning and no time for NOT being confident. I enjoy boxing to train my body, push my boundaries and learn new skills. Most of all it gives me space to be present in the moment. No matter if I’m energised or tired, happy or sad, motivated or lazy, every workout pushes me to give my best. There are no excuses. The variety of exercises and the diverse skills developed are the spice of every boxing session. At the end of the training, I always feel great. The awareness which I practice during training has been very useful in other areas of my life. It has helped me to become more aware of my body and understand what I’m capable of.
Boxing makes me good enough
When it comes to my creative process I care a lot about details. My understanding of perfection can go as far as being obstructive. Boxing has taught me to let loose. I learned to differentiate when my pursuit of perfection still creates value and when it becomes a burden. Every punch is individual and what I love about boxing is that you can never take it back. Once a punch is thrown it’s thrown and you have to move on to make the next punch better than the last one. It’s regular training and a daily reminder to help me internalise to focus on what matters most. It’s a strategy to overcome my internal opponents. Boxing will never make me perfect – even better boxing makes me good enough.
Boxing makes me creative, flexible and balanced
As a person who spends a lot of her time on idea creation, I’m in my head a lot. Before I bring ideas on paper, I’m thinking, imaging and dreaming. Boxing clears my mind and sorts out the chaos. Daily stress can be overwhelming. Punching against a bag or pads helps me to get a fresh perspective on things and better deal with problems. In the workshop “Box to Believe” Kat told us: “Stress doesn’t just happen to us, there’s a pattern to it. Once we recognise the pattern, we can choose to simply not gather the ingredients.” So when all the stress falls over me I’m usually only attacking and I completely forget to defend myself. It was essential for me to recognise that pattern and be prepared to defend every shot which life throws at me. Boxing is a stress relief and it’s a fantastic way to build good habits. Everything in life is a skill – so is boxing, so is creativity and so is dealing with stress to be creative. Boxing is as much about balance as it is about flexibility and creativity. You never know what the next move of your opponent will be. Training my moves not only improves my physical abilities but also trains my brain. Research shows that regular aerobic exercise can contribute to the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus. This is a key area of future thinking and imagination, which also plays a part in enhancing memory. As the hippocampus is believed to play a role in helping you to imagine new situations, it will definitely be good for your creativity. After all, sometimes all it takes is a little imagination and perhaps an out-of-this-world idea.
Thank you to Kat and her amazing team to help me stay off the punchline.