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The “Audition” & Saying Yes to ACFN

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I didn’t decide that I really wanted to do Fight Night until a few days before the last audition. When I asked Terri what a boxing audition was like (just so I’d be prepared), she said something along the lines of: “Just signing some paperwork, in your case.” She’d seen me in the gym for a couple of months by then and already had a feel for what I could and couldn’t do.

So on the 17th of March, after a boxing fitness class and a sparring session, I went to the audition. As promised, I signed papers stating my interest and that I understood certain things about ACFN. I also gave information about myself such as my height, weight, contact info and the like. I was able to get more specific details about the show and ask any questions I had.

That was all there was to it. Even though I didn’t have to demonstrate any skill, this “audition” was important to me because I transitioned from “Maybe I’ll do a fight night show…” to “Please pick me for ACFN 5!” Since I started coming to DBC, Terri had been saying that I’d be in the next show. I always just smiled and shrugged my shoulders because I wasn’t sure about that. Well, at the audition, I decided that I was sure: I wanted to fight.

Why?

I came to DBC thinking that I wanted to box for fitness, rather than participate in boxing as a sport. However, the way I began to see it, boxing for fitness was like writing a letter without mailing it. Why learn the techniques of punching or gain the fitness to go for several rounds without ever intending to use those skills? I want to take what I’m learning and put it into practice.

At least, I’m convinced that I do. I haven’t actually had a fight, yet—and that’s where ACFN comes in. I recently filled out a questionnaire that asked me why I want to do ACFN, so I took some time to think about it. I did this thinking after I had already signed the contract, so it’s possible that this is all the result of an impulsive decision.

First of all, it seemed like an exciting thing to do. I took up boxing with a “why not?” attitude, and that’s how I approached this show, at first. Why wouldn’t I do it? It seemed like a fun opportunity to add more boxing to my life. That must be a good thing.

Furthermore, it was for a good cause—in fact, any good cause that I chose. I knew instantly that I wanted to choose a charity that helps children because that’s where my heart is. My heart is also currently in boxing, so ACFN is a good way to bring the two together.

Finally, I chose to participate in ACFN because I want to box more! I want the competition. I want to test myself in the ring, to see what I’m made of when it comes down to me and my opponent (and the nerves and the pressure of people watching).  Will I keep my composure or freak out? Will I decide that one amateur fight was enough or hunger for more? These questions will be answered in about eight weeks. Until then, I’m putting in my time at the gym, trying to write a really good letter to mail off on June 7th.

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Pre-ACFN Boxing Experience

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My first experience with boxing was in a fitness boxing class offered by my high school during my senior year. A friend of mine found out about it, and wanted me to try it with her. Why not? Boxing sounded cool. The two of us signed up, and we both loved that class. We looked forward to it every week because it was a fantastic, fun workout. There was no contact and we didn’t use any heavy bags, either. All we did was work pads with partners and work up a sweat. My friend and I had a blast pushing each other hard and encouraging each other to keep going.

Leaving high school meant leaving that class. When I got to college, I looked through the sports section of the course catalog and found that my school didn’t offer any boxing classes, which was unfortunate. I made other selections and went on with my life.

I kept boxing in the back of my mind, but it came to the forefront again as my time at college was coming to a close. What would I do to stay active when I graduated and didn’t have free access to my school’s sports facilities? Remembering the high school class that I took, I decided that boxing would become my new physical activity. I was also hoping that this could help me make new friends, as most of my college friends would scatter after graduation.

Since transitioning out of college seemed overwhelming, I decided to take it one step at a time:

  1. Find a job.
  2. Find an apartment.
  3. Settle into the apartment and the job.
  4. Find a place to box.

I finally found the job in June 2011 and the apartment in July. I took several months to settle into both, and then I began my boxing gym search. It was a short hunt. I already knew about Decatur Boxing Club because of an internet search, but I wanted to make sure that it was a good fit for me. I contacted the women’s trainer (Terri Moss), who set me up with a free trial class in December. I took a class and I loved it. I could already tell that I’d found a great place full of great people.

jump ropeEarly in January 2012, I began taking DBC’s boxing fitness class. I was blown away by how fun and tough the workouts were. Everyone I met was friendly and made me feel welcome in the gym. I worked out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and attended the techniques class that was offered on Tuesdays.

The Tuesday night techniques class soon became my favorite time of the week. I was interested in the details of boxing, and I loved doing drills with partners. Not quite sparring yet, but still making some contact. Terri told me that Tuesday nights were like advanced training classes, and that’s how I knew that I wanted to move up. Boxing for fitness wasn’t enough for me!

So after a month of boxing fitness, I started taking advanced training. I was still allowed to attend the fitness classes, so I just added 3 hours of boxing to my week: 5 days a week for 1-2 hours a day. I couldn’t get enough time in the gym, and I rarely missed a workout. (Only once in the first three months, when I ran the Run For Your Lives 5k. That was a blast!) I thoroughly enjoyed myself whenever I set foot in the gym, and often stayed later than intended.

When I first began light sparring with other beginners, I was thrilled. Who knew boxing was so fun? I had never punched anyone before, or been punched. I had never had to defend myself or try to attack anyone. Turns out, I love both sides of the game. I love going after opportunities to land a punch, and I love trying to defend myself against incoming shots. Yes, trying to defend myself. (Look for an upcoming post about getting hit in the face a lot.)

Terri jokingly told people from the beginning of my time at DBC that I would be in the next Fight Night show. It wasn’t until about a month and a half later that I decided to go for it and audition for Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 5. I wanted to box as much as possible, and this was one way to add more boxing to my life. So, with a high school class plus three months of more intense experience behind me, I began my ten-week training for Fight Night 5.

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