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    How do you keep the ego out of the gym

    I started training boxing a month ago and though I enjoy it a lot I'm having trouble relaxing in class. I'm certainly not behaving inapproprately, or anything but every time I go tip-tap on the heavy bag only to have one of the more advanced students come up and tear it apart I feel like I want to take their face off. The funny thing is, in normal life I'm not a very competitive person at all. When I was just lifting and cross training I didn't care at all who was more fit than me or whatever, I was just having fun. Now that I'm in the boxing gym, though I'm aware of this overwhelming urge to kick ass and drink the blood of my enemies.

    Has anyone else had this problem? How have you managed to put your ego aside so you can advance?

    On a related point, how long did it take you guys to develop good technique? I've still got poor co-ordination, **** balance, and little power behind my punches. Maybe I won't feel so self-conscious if I'm not too far behind the curve.

    I hope this isn't too specific to be of use to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streanor
    I started training boxing a month ago and though I enjoy it a lot I'm having trouble relaxing in class. I'm certainly not behaving inapproprately, or anything but every time I go tip-tap on the heavy bag only to have one of the more advanced students come up and tear it apart I feel like I want to take their face off. The funny thing is, in normal life I'm not a very competitive person at all. When I was just lifting and cross training I didn't care at all who was more fit than me or whatever, I was just having fun. Now that I'm in the boxing gym, though I'm aware of this overwhelming urge to kick ass and drink the blood of my enemies.

    Has anyone else had this problem? How have you managed to put your ego aside so you can advance?
    You need to relax dude. Concentrate in getting better, not on how you perform compared to others who are your senior. They also started from zero, like you. And they put the time and effot to get where they are. If you do the same, you will accomplish the same.

    That's what you need to think about. It's ok to be competitive, but don't let it get the best of you. Relax :)

    Quote Originally Posted by streanor
    On a related point, how long did it take you guys to develop good technique? I've still got poor co-ordination, **** balance, and little power behind my punches. Maybe I won't feel so self-conscious if I'm not too far behind the curve.

    I hope this isn't too specific to be of use to others.
    Bro, you only have one month of training. Relax and be patient. From what I understand and heard of boxing, even with a year of training, a boxer is just scratching the surface in getting decent skills.

    Instead of focusing on how long it will take you to get decent skills, why don't you flip the coin? That is, consider this: Now you now know that you have a lot to work on. Furthermore, you should know that you are better now that you were a month ago, even if bit a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by streanor
    Has anyone else had this problem? How have you managed to put your ego aside so you can advance?
    Spar with some of the advanced students.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teh El Macho
    You need to relax dude. Concentrate in getting better, not on how you perform compared to others who are your senior. They also started from zero, like you. And they put the time and effot to get where they are. If you do the same, you will accomplish the same.

    That's what you need to think about. It's ok to be competitive, but don't let it get the best of you. Relax :)

    Bro, you only have one month of training. Relax and be patient. From what I understand and heard of boxing, even with a year of training, a boxer is just scratching the surface in getting decent skills.

    Instead of focusing on how long it will take you to get decent skills, why don't you flip the coin? That is, consider this: Now you now know that you have a lot to work on. Furthermore, you should know that you are better now that you were a month ago, even if bit a little.
    You're right, of course. I'm just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and how they got over themselves. Your right that now I know somewhat what I need to work one, and that's a very good thing. I guess I just have to work on the whole delayed gratification thing ... like an adult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golsa
    Spar with some of the advanced students.
    :5crackup: lol. That'll bruise my ego. I'm not sure it'll kill it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by streanor
    :5crackup: lol. That'll bruise my ego. I'm not sure it'll kill it though.
    haha, well really you'll find it goes away with time. The as you learn more about your art you'll also learn how little you really know, if that makes any sense.

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    When you see someone murderize the bag...try to enjoy it, because you can aquire the ability and stamina to do the same over time.

    Emotionally, I try to enjoy the sum of what's going on in totality. That way I'm not comparing myself to each and every guy/gal training...that would be depressing. I can hold my own, but won't set myself up by expecting to own a pro or good amateur fighter without some heavy punishment over time (eons).

    Taking a beating from someone with real class, is exposing you to superb technique, that can then be used on other poor fools. All of my good habits came from eating ugly shots, and not wanting another...ever. I imagine it's like that for a lot of people.

    I'm just waiting for more beatings, so I can improve again. Don't let one month define anything. If you still feel this way after a year, then look closely at what's going on...but a month is barely time for your body to even become aware something's changed in the demands made upon it. Keep at it.

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    Every time someone asks this with so little training I want to ask them how long it took them to learn how to walk or run or jump? Coordination doesn't magically appear because you started training "alive" It takes years to be able to snap a perfect jab and instantly know the range of your opponent. In fact if you have less than a year training you are probably better off with a wait and see approach or just asking your coach.

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    Why is this even in Strikestan? Just because it has something to do with boxing???!!??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega the Merciless
    Why is this even in Strikestan? Just because it has something to do with boxing???!!??
    I suppose it could apply equally well in Guantanemo. I just wanted the opinions of people working in a style, training evironment similar to be. If you think it belongs in general discussion, my aplogies. And if it's to the pit with me, I promise to take outmore of them then they do of me.

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