Having to unlearn & undo what I have made instinctual.

Boxing is full of styles and approaches to fighting.  There’s more than one way to defeat an opponent.  It’s not called a science for nothing.  After tonight’s training session with Coach Jose Toledo of Untouchables Boxing Club in Monticello, New York, I have been thinking about some things..

I was very frustrated with myself tonight.  Coach Toledo was trying to get me to adapt to using angles at close range.  I am in favor of angles as I have always been a boxer that never likes to stay in front of an opponent for too long.  I like stepping out, coming back with a combination, and moving on to something else.  However, here I felt like we were starting from scratch.  Part of the problem is ego; I’m 37, been around boxing for 20 years, won several fights and am respected by my sparring partners.  So having to unlearn what I would do given a certain reference, say a hook to the body or jab,  is not easy.  If I was 25, this wouldn’t be an issue.

If it sounds like I’m complaining, well, it’s because I am.  I’m mad at myself.  I’m willing to learn different approaches, new techniques, new ideas, but my mind is holding me back. All the training I’ve had 20 years prior to this day is both a blessing and a curse.


No matter what, I will get through this.  It will require more practice when I am not working with Coach Toledo.  I have to work on shadowboxing those techniques,   thinking about them, just plain drilling them.  Bare with me folks.  Work in progress here!

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Justin M. Salvato
Justin M. Salvato is the creator & owner of BOXING 4 FREE. He's a former amateur boxer, former USA Boxing coach, and former boxing fitness instructor. These days he enjoys vintage computing, retro video games, and talking tech. He also writes a blog about the Coleco ADAM computer and some other retro stuff .

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