That After Fight High (plus some tips & tricks)

This is the first time that I’ll be making the video below readily view-able. The first few minutes will definitely bore you, so just go straight to the 3-minute mark and this is where all the “actions” happen.

Yes, that was me 5 years (and some ** lbs) ago.

Immediately after the fight, I had this “after fight high.” I immediately went back to boxing after 1 day of rest and even sparred with a fellow student – lalaki pa. I repeatedly watched the video above and identified a lot of flaws and acknowledged that there was still a lot to improve on. Hindi ko nagustuhan yung galaw ko – puro takbo. I seriously wanted to start training for the next fight. I even seriously considered going professional, considering that I had some sort of an offer before.

All coaches I’ve trained with since I started seriously training always say the same thing – lumaban na daw ako. Every year, I’ve been receiving invites from the organizers and boxing coaches to join the amateur boxing tournament for clients again. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will ever compete again. Hayaan na lang natin na 1-0-0 ang record ko. Hahahahaha! I am no amateur boxing veteran, but these tips surely helped me win that game.

1. Never train with a half heart.
Never let anyone decide for you if you’ll compete or not. The decision is yours alone. Fight because you want to, not because other people pressured you to do so. Fighting with a whole heart is as important as obtaining the skills needed to perform.

2. Expect to get hurt.
So better train yourself to get hurt. Train yourself on how to react if your opponent hits you with a good straight. Instead of always backing down, train yourself to endure the pain and learn how and when to counter. In the first place, you joined a boxing competition, not a hit-the-punching-bag contest.

3. Sparring will train you better
There’s more to boxing than just hitting the punch mitts. Sure, you left everyone at awe everytime you hit the mitts with your coach, but a tournament is not just about how loud or how lutong your punches sound everytime you do the mitts. One word: spar. It is only in sparring that you experience the real feel of boxing. You’ll be surprised to see that it’s not that easy to throw those combinations in an actual fight. Sparring will also teach you A LOT that practicing in the mitts alone won’t do. If you’re a beginner, spar with fellow students because you won’t be competing with professionals, and chances are haribas sumuntok yan.

4. Train with people who are at least one level higher than you are.
As much as possible, train together with your co-participants and boxers. It is only through this that you can see if you’re training enough. If you keep on training with people whose only goal is to be sexy, chances are you’ll only hear praises about your training program as your program will always be far more advanced than theirs. Sometimes, a few constructive criticisms on your performance and training from other people other than your coach will help you improve. Not only are you helping yourself, but you’re also helping your co-participants as you learn from each other’s mistakes and get some strategies while training together.

5. Kill yourself in training
Being 100% sure that you trained more than enough for this fight will give you confidence to continue even if you’re tired and hurt, which is the exact reason why I won’t compete anymore. Given my workload, I don’t have time to have enough roadwork, thus I feel that something’s missing in my training. Sure, I am confident that skills-wise, I am above an average participant, but a lack in running training will leave me questioning my stamina come fight day. “Kung ikaw pagod na, isipin mo na lang na mas pagod sya kasi mas maganda stamina mo sa kanya.” These words kept me going during my first fight.

6. Learn when to taper.
This is when you reduce the amount of exercise you do as you approach the competition. I know that this is quite difficult especially if you strictly followed tip #5. I experienced this myself. On the fight week, my coach instructed me to limit my run to 4 km per day, with no tempos. I even wanted to run on the day of the weigh in and the actual fight. Recovery. Allot enough time to allow your body to recover to ensure that you will be in your prime condition during the actual fight.

7. Goosebumps…nausea…they’re all part of the game.
But believe me, all these will disappear once you’re up in the ring. In the ring, you will see no one but your opponent. 🙂

Want to know my experience? Check it out here. 🙂

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