Nov 27 2017

Gym Life: Bein g A Coach.

One of my favorite fighters I’ve trained from scratch, Bryant Robinson back in the gym, out of shape but it’s great to see him and have him around.

He started here when he was 16 and for years I would take him to the bus stop after the gym, leave the gym to go pick him up downtown from the main bus stop hub, give him $$ to ride the bus, and take him home on the Eastside when he missed the bus.

I did it because I am his coach and I enjoyed watching him fight when working his corner, I was proud that he was started from scratch here and excelled when I matched him TOUGH, some of the things he would naturally do in the ring amazed me, all that was worth the bus fare and driving him around.

His life evolved, he found other interests, rapping for one and being very good at it to create a solid name for himself, I was still severely disappointed to see him leave boxing.

But

It feels great to see him in the gym

Again training, he says he wants to give it another go, we will see.
But having him around and the memories and great experiences we both have had as they come back, makes me feel really good.

The game can break your heart and also pump it full of life, that I know through my years in it


May 22 2016

Being A Fighter.

Being a fighter, you are really up when you win. Everyone is there, excited, wanting to be around you. I signed a few fight posters for people I didn’t know, but watched me fight that night, one time, the owner of the casino in Verona NY told me and my then trainer, my fight was the fight of the night, true story, he was a native American, he told me he enjoyed watching me fight.

Losing can be wretched, you feel like you left everyone down.
I lost a fight once ans was embarrassed to go outside and walk around, I was a trainer at Bally ‘ s fitness then, and though everyone was looking at me because I lost.

Being a fighter, the punishment continues after the fight, outside the ring. It’s tough. You never want to let anyone down, more so, yourself.
I have been so utterly disappointed with myself in Amis of tears, privately, alone, going over what went wrong.

You can be so high, then low.
And there is the spector, whom, can dish the harshest criticism, lacking the balls to ever get into that ring.

Being a fighter has aided me more ways than one in life, it has helped me rise from extreme failure, really from the ashes, to be better than ever.
Being a fighter has also taught me mote about myself than anyrhi ng else ever could.

I did the best I could then, but could have done a lot more as I look back, and that there allows me and pushes me to overachieve and be far better now, exceed, drive harder now.

It all comes full circle.


Oct 10 2014

In The Gym Notes: Critique Not Criticize.

I was working with this new 15 yr old student last night and he was getting frustrated, then annoyed, and then pissed off at me while almost blurting something out an obscenity with can’t I do anything right?? when I was correcting him on a stance/footwork drill.

I said son if you came in here and everything was easy and I wasn’t saying anything to you, you would be in the wrong gym. You are not doing anything wrong, I’m teaching you to do it better, not nitpicking but critiquing you to do it great.

I told him good is not good enough, we have to pull out more, and yet more, that is what champions do to become champions and what deliberate practice is, to yet refine to a higher GROOVED level. I still learn everyday as a coach and I have to explain my rationale with this when working with new students.

Some kids just have never had anyone that cared for them to do something better than they are displaying, to be trained to do something great, and when you keep breaking it down they can be broken down by thinking here is another adult criticizing/picking at me.

Coaching obviously isn’t that, critiquing is not criticizing, you can’t have them build up a rebellious wall. A teacher has to know what kind of student they have before they can teach them, experience teachers can do this upon meeting and communicating with their new student.

So I’m communicating this with them more, as skill is groomed better in a clear calm mind, not a frustrated one.


Jun 2 2014

Let Me Clear This Up.

floyd

Although I’m very vocal on Floyd Mayweather’s opponent selection I have never hated on his obvious world class skill.

I was once a BIG admirer of his. I fought at the 1996 National Golden Gloves and a lot the eventual Olympians also fought there and won the tournament.

Floyd being one and I watched him close. You could see then that he had it and would excellent at the next pro level.

This is bad pic (damn flash didn’t go off!) of when I met him at the 2003 National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas.

He was cool. I remember him being very good with his kids. Playing with them. I talked to him for a bit. Very personable. Granted this is before he blew up. This was around the time of the infamous Spadadora sparring session where Paul put it on a just getting back in the gym Floyd.

I remember asking Floyd about that and he was like Paul who?? Paul who??? Lol…

I met Mayweather Sr. There also and talked to him for 45 minutes discussing boxing training asking him questions.

I loved when Floyd was young and was fighting the best available and beating them.

You know. What champions are supposed to do.

Again, I have never hated on his skill. Just the selection of opponents.