This article is in no way a business or sales tactic as my participation in boxing is not related to the way I support myself and family, which is in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning business with Clutch City Air-Conditioning, and also working for and with Bishop Refrigeration. This information is genuinely how I feel boxing has enhanced my life and can be very beneficial for anyone and everyone. Clutch City Boxing and The Clutch City Boxing Club were born when I decided to participate in boxing again and wanted to share the positive things I got from boxing with others, because well, it’s just the right thing to do when a person has put as much time and effort into boxing as I have. I have nothing negative to say about anyone invloved in boxing or how they approach boxing but Clutch City Boxing is about building Champions in life more than Champions in the ring. Myself, and anyone who can and will call themselves a part of The Clutch City Boxing family will always be more concerned with using boxing to bring positivity, happiness, and health to the lives of others, than whether or not a person can win boxing matches. With that being said let’s talk about what boxing can do for you.
Your health is number one because once your health is gone, you can’t buy it back. This reminds me of the scene in Godfather 2 when Hyman Roth, a very wealthy and successful person, tells Micheal Corleone, “I’d give four million just to be able to take a piss without it hurting”. Let’s face it, many of us, including Coaches, start to let ourselves go physically as we get older because of many reasons. Some reasons are legitimate such as we have to earn a living and support a family, for slowing down on exercise, but no reasons are good enough to stop exercising and stop taking care of ourselves!
Although we may not be able to give exercise and healthy living as much time and effort as we did when we were younger and had less responsibilities, we can still always do something to ensure our continued health. Even 20 to 30 minutes of exercise is 100% better than no exercise, and I know that no matter how busy we are, we can “spare” 20 to 30 minutes to invest in the most important thing in life other than our respected faiths and families, our health! There is absolutley no excuse not to take care of our health if we indeed have faith, value life, love our familes and ourselves, and wish to bring goodness into the world and those around us. When you take care of your body, your mind and spirit respond as well, and things become easier to handle. You will also just feel better and look better, which will help you be a better person for yourself and to others. If you aren’t healthy and start to have health problems, you are limiting the things you can do for yourself, the people you love, and the world. Don’t tell me you love your significant other, children, family, friends, or yourself if you aren’t working to be in the best health you possibly can, because I will have to say you are lying to me and to yourself. Either that or you say you love the people I mentioned and yourself, but you don’t love them enough to want to be healthy so you can be here for them for as long as you possibly can. Most of all don’t forget that if you don’t invest in yourself now, you will be “investing” in medical bills, medicine, and spending lots of time in doctor’s offices and hospitals later if you are living an unhealthy lifestyle.
There are many more positive aspects boxing training can bring to you but I will just talk about one more for now because it’s one that is very beneficial and important to everyone. The thing I am talking about is the fellowship that boxing brings to our lives. When I say fellowship I mean the relationships and friendships we make with others when we share a common bond that is not in any way easy, like boxing training.Those relationships and friendships bring life lessons, safety, knowledge, experiences we may not have had, positive influences, lasting connections, conversations, understanding of others, and soo many other things that are infinetly more important and valuable than winning boxing matches. Many of us invloved in boxing come from blue collar backgrounds and possibly areas of town and life that do not encourage or value positivity and knowledge because we just get so caught up in earning a living and surviving. Boxing, at least for me, gave me a place where even if I never made World Champion status, I could at least dream and work towards a dream, and feel like I mattered and was worthy of all the good things in life because I was taking responsibility of myself and working to be more than I was or than where I was in life. The tenets we learn in boxing that we are taught can bring us closer to our dreams, are equally or maybe even more important than anything we achieve through boxing training. Learning about respect for ourselves and others should be number one in any decent boxing program and gym. My old Taekwon-Do teachers tenets of, Courtesy, Integrity, Perserverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit also apply to boxing and should be a big part of any boxing program.
I personally am not impressed when a boxing program or gym has people that are successful in the ring, but are disrespectful, rude, arrogant, bigoted, dishonest and just generally unppleasant people in life. This more than anything else is a clear sign to me that whoever is behind that program or gym, does not understand boxing fully, and is in my opinion, a beginner, regardless of any material successes their programs, gyms, and/or ideologies may have won them.
Most times though, all the good things I’ve mentioned and more are taught and learned in our boxing gyms and programs, and this is what I believe is the most important thing we get out of boxing training, after the health benefits I mentioned before. A good Coach will encourage the things that will bring the type of people around him that you will be able to make friends with and have fellowship with, that will bring you soo much more than just getting in shape will. Meeting and spending time around people that believe in taking responsibility for themselves, wanting to be a better person, and helping themselves and others, is golden. It’s defintely more valuable than any gym or traning fees you may pay. The investment you make not only monetarily but with your effort and time will more than pay off in the long run.
For these reasons I decided to participate in boxing again and I believe boxing training can benefit everyone. You don’t have to box or be a boxer to benefit from boxing, all you have to do is be willing to put the work in and you will see results. If you want to be healthier, lose weight, learn to defend yourself, be a better person, box for fun or box competitively, Clutch City Boxing and the Clutch City Boxing Club can help you with all those things. Don’t be the person that encourages one thing to others, then shows them something entirely different. Take action and work towards being a better person every day. We are here to help you with all these things but if you don’t call us, find someone who offers this type of environment and approach to boxing and/or exercise and start today because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.