Boxing for Refuge: Week 9, in which the fight feels very close and I feel very unprepared

I have a lot to process today. We spent most of the session shadow boxing and doing drills to perfect our techniques. I thought I was doing pretty well. Maybe. I'm not sure. There were some that I felt like I was getting the hang of as we wrapped up, which probably isn't all that … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 9, in which the fight feels very close and I feel very unprepared

Boxing for Refuge: Week 9, in which we spar for the last time and I get the hang of bruise-based selfies.

As I'm sure you can all tell from my post-sparring bruise pic, I am home from today's session. Today was the last time we will spar - on Friday and next Wednesday, we'll be doing technical drills to sharpen up, and then the fight is NEXT FRIDAY. Buy tickets yo. It's feeling pretty real. I … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 9, in which we spar for the last time and I get the hang of bruise-based selfies.

Boxing for Refuge: Week 8, in which two people cry and I get a fat black eye

So tonight was emotional. Our coaches are really pushing us now. Obviously. When we arrived, we were told to immediately get our gear on and start shadow boxing to warm up, then jumped right into sparring. We did three two-minute rounds with a minute-long break between each round, which is how we'll be fighting on … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 8, in which two people cry and I get a fat black eye

Boxing for Refuge: Week 8, in which I take many punches to the head and bleed on camera

I woke up this morning to a shitty grey day and chose to wear my thick joggers instead of the breezy three-quarter lengths I've been wearing during the heatwave. I came to regret this when it became beautifully sunny in the afternoon and then I had to box in the un-air-conditioned downstairs gym. I arrived … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 8, in which I take many punches to the head and bleed on camera

Boxing for Refuge: Week 7 bonus blog, in which I see a real life fight

Given I'm now less than three weeks away from my fight, I probably should have spent more time watching professional fights. Mostly, though I've just seen snippets of rounds that happened to be showing on the TV screens at pubs I've been to. On Friday, though, I went to see a charity fight in honour … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 7 bonus blog, in which I see a real life fight

Boxing for Refuge: Week 7, session 2, in which I train a day earlier than usual because tomorrow we’re learning in a whole new way

So. Surprise bonus post. I did training on Thursday this week. Tomorrow there's another charity fight run by the same people so the coaches will be there tomorrow. And so will I! It'll be pretty valuable because it's in the same venue and by the same people and generally is the same format as the … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 7, session 2, in which I train a day earlier than usual because tomorrow we’re learning in a whole new way

Boxing for Refuge: Week 8, session 1, in which I realise there are only three weeks left

I am home, I am sweaty, you know what's coming now. I'm not sure if the brief post I have today really warrants a blog post of its own but whatever. I'm doing it. Today we did mostly drills to take us through anything we weren't feeling confident with. Someone asked the coach what he … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 8, session 1, in which I realise there are only three weeks left

Boxing for Refuge: Week 7, session 2, in which I get described as an ‘aggressive boxer’ and actually am an aggressive cyclist

I think from now on I'm going to do the double sessions as much as possible. I get so shattered afterwards but I think it's worth it, especially now that we're in the last few of weeks before the fight. I only did one session today because I met my sister for dinner instead, though. … Continue reading Boxing for Refuge: Week 7, session 2, in which I get described as an ‘aggressive boxer’ and actually am an aggressive cyclist