24 classes needed to get to test day.
12 classes down.
12 to go.
Test day has been set: September 29th!!! 34 days away.
I’m getting anxious, this will be the first of 4 tests until the fight, but more importantly the first of 3 tests until I actually get into the ring to spar. Make no mistake, I’ve been punched in the face and ribs more times than I can count in the past 2 weeks. Don’t worry, I’ve returned some of those punches 🙂 They mainly remind you that you clearly haven’t ducked fast enough or that you failed to defend a step-jab to the body. I’ll learn eventually, I just need to practice.
So let’s take a second to reset everyone’s expectations (including my own) of my journey before describing what my test will entail.
I’m prettying sure I fielded several calls during the Olympics from a certain someone… (mom)… so thanks Olympic slow motion shots showing blood flying from every punch to the face.
Back to what’s in the test and a little fact/fiction game. The test is broken into 2 pieces:
- Strength and Endurance
Skipping is a crucial part of boxing warm-up… FACT! 2 minutes of skipping non-stop (sound easy? I dare you to pick up a skipping rope)
100 bag punches in a minute
100 crunches in a minute
1 minute plank (easy peasy)
Lunging while holding a heavy bag over your head and steering it from left to right for a minute (not fun)
Roadwork is a crucial part of boxing training…. FICTION! No running on this test.
7 1-minute arm endurance sets (criss-cross, up-down, flying motion, etc.)
Jab-cross combinations – What does this look like? This isn’t me standing there and punching a heavy bag, I’m in a ring advancing, stepping back, left, right and hitting targets with the coach.
Body punching – Can’t hit the coaches body? You won’t pass. They’re swift little movers.
Boxing is all about offense…… FICTION! Defense isn’t about protecting yourself, it’s about getting yourself in a ready position to strike.
Jab defense combinations – 4 of them: Parry, sweep, slip, step-back. My back hurts so much from slipping I have actually shed tears.
Cross defense combinations – 3 of them: Parry, slip, step-back.
Boxing counter punches can take out an opponent……. FACT! Defense-counter punches set you up to swiftly divert in the opposite direction that you throw a punch so that you spring back with force. It’s an amazing tool turning my back into a solid layer of muscle. Your whole body throws the punch, not just your arm.
Jab and cross defense and strike combinations – 6 of them… I won’t even both describing but I’ll definitely get Steve to shoot a video one day of me doing them. Needless to say this is where I get punched the most.
Well that’s the test, all in 25 minutes.