BOXING: 101 – DAY 4

This is all about repetition! meaning that you will need to start practicing different moves and bunches in order to enhance your boxing stance and your body & muscle connection.

Variety is key here. You can start by practicing your core bunches and then start mixing them with your legs kicks. There is a number of different routines out there, you can create your own or just follow any of those online.

Examples are below or you can follow this article:

Warm-Ups:

Punches:

 

Stretching & Flexibility:

and finally, you can jot down your daily routine and see how things go!

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BOXING: 101 – DAY 3

One thing you need to keep in mind: you need to keep practicing to master the technique. As more classes pass by, the rhythm gets faster and higher and while you are trying to keep up with your coach and classmates, it is very easy that you lose your grip on the technique to the speed of the move.

When it comes to boxing, it doesn’t matter if how many moves you learn because if you don’t do it right, it doesn’t matter and will get you hurt much more often than it helps you to defend yourself.

Tip #1: Shadow Boxing

A good example to do this while practicing at home is to perform these moves in front of a mirror. Seeing how you are applying the technique will help you adjust the move when wrong and to maintain your posture when right.

Also, shadow boxing helps you train your mind as well as your body. As long as you keep your body engaged without the having a boxing bag or an opponent in front of you, it helps you maneuver and create as much techniques as you wish.

I found it very helpful to have a better grip of my waist and and upper body movements as I can feel them while focusing on how does it look like in the mirror and correct it when I throw my arms left and right trying to master a hook!

Tip #2 Breathing!

Another thing we usually tend to forget while boxing or workout in general is to Breathe! Breathing doesn’t only help you burn fat while working out but also help you rhime your moves with your breathe to achieve better power and hit.

So how to breathe! when you throw a punch, you exhale through your mouth or more precisely through your teeth. You don’t need to be hit in the face and lose these shinny pearls 😛 don’t hesitate to whistle or make some noise while exhaling (for an beginner, it boosts your esteem to sound like professionals and help you really rhime your moves with your breathe!). Once you throw that bunch, inhale slowly to refill your lungs. Don’t do it excessively but in moderate in order to not distract your mind on the process of breathing rather than the process of boxing!

Tip #3 Repeat!

As they say, repetition is the mother of all skills! enough said!

Happy Boxing!

BOXING: 101 – DAY 2

Make no mistake, the game is getting harder and harder as the expectations are getting bigger by the time! this time around besides the usual rehearsal of moves like the Jab and the Hook, we’ve focused more on leg kicks this time.

Nevertheless, we learned one more hand move (or technique), which is the Uppercut. With this move, think about hitting the side. A full hip rotation will power up this move and give you the chance to through a stronger bunch at your opponent!

Another important hand move is the Cross. The technique is simple, while you maintain the boxing stance, tilt your right leg and swing your hip to the right and through a punch from the right.

Leg Kicks

So, here is the biggest confusion! they say in class that this is a boxing class, however, I think that they are teaching us some kickboxing techniques especially the leg moves!

We’ve learned two leg techniques so far that I managed to lock up only one leg move but, oh well, who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯!

One of these is the Front Leg Kick. It might sound a straightforward leg kick but boy that’s hard! you need to hit the bag as strong as you can

The other kick is somehow you raise your leg 45 degrees in the air, hit the bottom of the bag, bend down and repeat. You can do that 100 times for each leg and go to the corner and die 😥

One last thing, a good warmup is all it needs to start your boxing workout. A good warmup I found is to find a good song to learn your warmup moves and knock it out!

Oh goodness! happy boxing 🙂

Boxing: 101 – Day 1

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So basically a week ago was my first boxing class and man! it was a hell of traning day! I just realized that all this time in the gym didn’t help me a bit maintain my fitness through the 60 minutes of jumping, crunching, stretching and of course: boxing!

What is exciting about this is that besides watching a whole load of movies about kickboxing and stuff, the amount of workout you do during these 60 minutes are equivalent to my whole week workout!

One important thing I learned out from this experience is Stretch your body and never start your workout without warm up! I mean I don’t start any workout without a minimum of 10 minutes cardio but what I learned about my body after sitting down behind a desk 24/7 is that it is totally ruined! the amount of sore muscles after each workout is promising but it is really bad that I can’y walk sometime!

Anyway! I was a bit behind classes as I joined just last week, however, I needed to make sure that I can keep up with the rest of the guys. Basic techniques is what you need to master. One thing I didn’t like that the coach didn’t put terms to the movements or postures we did but! some research here and there I managed to start with a couple of novice how to along with having my mini routine on the side to keep up with the rest.

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To start with, I needed to check that I’m all geared up with the right equipment. They say that all you need is your boxing gloves but after doing some (100!) punches to the bag, my knuckles really hurt and I went ahead and bought Hand Wraps after class.

An important thing would be to learn how to wrap them around your knuckles and avoid blocking your blood circle doing that! You can search Youtube on how to Wrap your hands for beginners. I found this channel and this coach as one of the best to learn how to step by step.

Your Boxing Gloves are the main thing you need 😛 go figure! you’ll need to figure out the right glove size however. You can check your size based on your weight, mine is 12 oz!

Till now, this is all I needed! good pants and shoes to keep you focused on the training and learning the technique.

I’ll update this section if I needed anything else in the future!

Technique

Your posture is the most important thing in boxing, if you master it, everything else is practice! The first thing you need to learn is your Footwork. How to place your legs and along them your shoulders is something you need to maintain during every practice. Your legs needs to stay 90 degrees with slight shift to the right. Your shoulders need to stay 11 to 5 o’clock at all times.

Another important technique you will need to learn is how to duck from a bunch. This is called Bobbing and Weaving. TBH, this one was really hard! not only because I’m not fit for Squats! but also, you will need to weave, meaning shifting your waist both sides like you are dancing and I’m a big sucker in dancing!

Nevertheless, it was hard at the beginning to imagine how that technique work but if you break it down into two movements, you can eventually succeed in combining them into a one move! First, focus on bobbing, that’s similar to Somo Squats while maintaining your Footwork posture! once you master this technique the second step is learning how to weave your body from one side to side. You will need to make sure that your whole body along with your shoulder are moving as well. The third step is duck down and move your body left and right, left and right. It is a bit hard in the beginning but slowly you will learn how to move that body 😉

Once you learn how to avoid a bunch you’ll need to learn how to throw one back. There is two main techniques to focus on now: a Jab and a Hook.

When you throw a Jab, you’ll need to focus on keeping your head straight, your footwork in position, left first and the right behind, you through a straight punch in your left hand by moving your shoulder from 11 o’clock position to 12 o’clock and hit hard. Keep your head low, your hands up protecting your face and your left leg moving along.

On the other hand, when you throw a Hook, you will focus on your right hand with 90 degree bend, weave your right shoulder to 12 o’clock and move your right leg. Put your entire power in that punch when you weave or rotate your hip.

Thus far, this is what I’ve learned in my first day! let’s see what’s coming my way in the coming class and I’ll keep you updated!

Happy Boxing🥊

Momento

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Do you want to see a real story of Oliver Sacks many stories we read! Watch this movie, Momento! I watched this movie a million times and I never felt bored, on the contrary, every time I was more intrigued to think!

You see he lost his short term memory after an accident and was unable to generate new memories and these memories at best lasted for 15 minutes! 15 minutes before your life repeats itself again and again and again! Imagine that you had that thought in your head before the accident and even if you managed somehow to accomplish it afterwards, you never remember! And you keep going behind the same quest again and again and again!

To cope with this, he created a system. He will ink facts (whatever he realizes before forgetting about it) into his body and rely on Polaroid pictures with names on them to identify people! Pretty much messed up, right!

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Remember Sam Jenkins!

He keeps repeating to himself. A case that brought up to him about a guy with a short term memory case that happened after an accident that he himself didn’t believe was true! Would the power of habit works in this case? What do you think?

Now imagine your life built on top of ‘could be facts’ where your brain, the only thing that you relied on your entire life to be true, is no longer effective, no longer valid! Imagine that your life is a time loophole that never ends and anything outside, anyone will try to show you the truth from their own perspective and you can’t do anything about it! People will be the source of your truth, your own life and all you can do is to live in doubt.

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For the book “Islam between East and West”, now this case is really fascinating to be discussed within morality, choice and freedom, would be mental joy at its best, but… Oh, well…

Coloring and Meditation

Have I ever told you that I get bored quickly! You see, I’m one of those who would try anything to keep their mind busy and ignore nuisance that life brings from time to time. I have mild anxiety level that can jump to 200% in a matter of seconds, and yup, after all these years of fighting this along with depression, stress and coping with what lives brings to our doors each day, I have developed pyrosis (I’m mentioning this now as I’m literally in constant pain and coughing episodes that nothing so far is making it getting better).

However, on a positive note, if you can see one actually, humor and indifference helped me cope with many of these things, specially depression. So what does this have to do with coloring! ok, bare with me for a moment. You see, I finally received Alllie Brosh’s book “Hyperbole and a half” and if you have read this book before, she is actually speaking your mind! The way she articulates depression is so impressive! I gotta say, I might not have the same experiences as she has but the same struggle everyday or as Emil Cioran puts it “The pessimist has to invent new reasons to exist every day: he is a victim of the “meaning” of life“! and that sums up everything!

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Talking about meaning of life, I guess this question keeps popping up in my head every couple of years! You see, again, I get bored quickly, loose meaning in life, why to keep going, what makes you happy, I don’t feel happy easily, sometimes I just can’t be happy or be positive or hopeful all the time! The only thing that keeps me going everyday is my faith and that’s only. I only have faith in God and not in humans and sense I can’t relate much to them or feel happy with them I use humor as a way to create joy and jokes to laugh about! now you are understanding me (only exceptions are those that I do really love and care about that makes me really deep down happy).

Back to depression, reading this book made me seriously depressed or at least reminded me with my miserable inner world. When I first started studying psychology, the only school of thinking that resonates the most with me was the Existential school of therapy, specifically it started with Viktor Frankl and the meaning of life school of thinking. I read Freud, Adler and Frankl was the only one to have a place in my heart to relate to and for a long time. I learned and practiced Gestalt and also have been on the pursuit of meaning in everything I experience and would create my own meanings if I failed to realize it in these things. However, I get bored quickly, I would become more detached than before and will have my dark moments of extreme depression, anxiety and insomnia. (You can learn more if you explored the topics in this link).

But life is never expected or is not always predictable (if you are used to mind-reading or over-analyzing or always_expect_the_worse_never_be_happy_when_good_things_happen)! I buy lots of books from Bookdepository and I always see coloring books as the latest trends for adults, however, never felt so intrigued to actually buy one until I received a number of coloring bookmarks and it just hit me! I grabbed coloring pencils and kept coloring all night long, even at work! the feeling of accomplishment and the need to focus, think creatively to mix colors together and actually utilize your whole brain cells in one task made me feel like euphoria! my hands hurt after all but the next step was to order this coloring book 🙂

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and coloring is used as a form of therapy as they mention in the following video o_O

Back to anxiety, so Rollo May, an existential therapist argues in his book “The Meaning of Anxiety” that “Meeting with anxiety can free us from boredom and sharpen our perception, if there is anxiety, there is life”! Well this is a very big argument to make specially to those who suffers from anxiety. I mean, yes, you might be experimenting like what I just did with coloring, you might be freed from boredom sometimes as you are constantly occupied with something, however, it is definitely not something I do agree with 100%, 99% maybe o_O

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Documentaries Once again!

One of the most enjoyable experiences I have is when I sit with my parents and watch a documentary. I think we are doing this ritual for ages that I can’t remember when we had started.

What’s nice about my parents is that we share lots of common tastes and activities that we do together. From watching National Geographic with its different channels to the BBC 2 and Al Jazeera Documentary or those that I download to watch together.

Science documentaries are the most common documentaries to watch. I have a bunch of them I can’t even remember how many I watched, mostly however, are BBC documentaries. These are some of science documentaries that intrigued my mind to explore the vast universe:

Everything and Nothing (2 Episode series, 2011) by Jim Al-Khalili

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“Two-part documentary which deals with two of the deepest questions there are – what is everything, and what is nothing? In two episodes, Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to these questions as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the amazing science behind apparent nothingness. EVERYTHING: The first part, Everything, sees Professor Al-Khalili set out to discover what the universe might actually look like. The journey takes him from the distant past to the boundaries of the known universe. Along the way he charts the remarkable stories of the men and women who discovered the truth about the cosmos and investigates how our understanding of space has been shaped by both mathematics and astronomy. NOTHING: Explores science at the very limits of human perception, where we now understand the deepest mysteries of the universe lie. Jim Al-Khalili sets out to answer one very simple question – what is nothing? His journey ends with perhaps the most profound insight about reality that humanity has ever made. Everything came from nothing. The quantum world of the super-small shaped the vast universe we inhabit today, and Jim Al-Khalili can prove it.”

I have watched these two episodes many times, worth all your time.

Wonders of Brian Cox Series

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I stumbled upon this series a while ago and when I found out that there is a series of books out there for this made me puzzled! However, this series was a little bit expensive for me so one day I will save enough money to buy it 😉

However, the series (or at least the Wonders of the Universe series) is available at the BBC Store and it is more affordable to buy and download.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00zdhtg/episodes/guide

Other interesting series:

BBC Horizon on science and philosophy

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“Horizon tells amazing science stories, unravels mysteries and reveals worlds you’ve never seen before.”

Planet Earth by BBC

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“David Attenborough celebrates the amazing variety of the natural world in this epic documentary series, filmed over four years across 64 different countries.”