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Dan Mitchinson: Amateur Boxer

‘You’re A Mess. Welcome To Being An Athlete.’

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March 21, 2014

 

“Jesus Dan, you are a mess. Welcome to being an athlete.”

That’s what my boxing coach, Molly McConnell said when I told her I had come back from seeing  the doctor for several bruised ribs. I didn’t protect my side during a recent sparing match, and the guy got in a couple of good hooks. I don’t blame him, I blame myself. I should have been …

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Punches To The Head And Ego

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March 1, 2014

You can’t always walk away from trying something new, and feel happy about it.

That’s how I felt today in the boxing ring. I went in with a positive attitude, looking forward to trying some new moves I learned earlier in the week. But when the sparing started, I was a complete mess. My brain knew what it wanted to do, …

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ABC’s Of Boxing Not That Simple

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February 22, 2014

I didn’t have a good day at the gym today.

Like anything that’s new, you start at the very beginning, and go from there. ABC, 123.

But boxing requires you to mix it up. It’s not a ‘by the numbers sport.’ Which means I need to know how to do BCA, 321 or 1BC 23A. Because once you get into the ring, …

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Fear Is My Friend?

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February 20, 2014

“Are you scared?”

Since people found out I started boxing, and am training for my first fight, I get that question a lot. But it’s only been this week that I really, really started thinking about it. And the honest answer is, ‘a little, yes.’

I’ve never been a ‘sports kind of guy.’ So for me, ‘fear’ is taking on a new …

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Enjoying The (Small) Successes

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February 15, 2014

My lesson after coming out of three hours of conditioning and sparring today: Getting good as a boxer in practice is 95% physical and 5% mental.

An article I read said  that means you have to work hard on your conditioning and “physical game” to make it happen. However, once you step into that ring for a fight the percentages flip …

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