Look for me in 2015!

Good things are coming my way this year. I know it.

Nationals did not turn out how I had envisioned; but, in a judged sport, anything can happen. You live, learn, and move on.

Since Nationals I have had two more fights, which both went very well. I have also travelled to Los Angeles twice, and have been sparring at the Wild Card gym with some fellow boxers who are in my weight class.

February 6th and 7th will be my next fight for the Tachoma Golden Gloves title. I will be travelling with the Western Canadian Team and my head coach, Scotty Jackson. This summer I will also be heading to the Ringside World Championships again, the Canadian National Golden Gloves and a few more big tournaments to gear up for the 2016 Nationals.

Keep any eye out for me in 2015 because it’s going to be my year!

National’s Here I Come!

National’s has been my goal since the beginning. May 9th and 10th was the 2014 BC Provincial Championships.

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Making weight was a challenge, but I’ve been told that it will be much smoother the second time around. I was over weight by one pound in the morning of weigh-ins, but between the sauna, sweat suit and my jump rope the last bit of water weight was squeezed out of me to make 48kg.

Nationals will be held October 28th in Ontario and I will be representing British Columbia at 48Kg.  Between that time and now I will be very busy with tournaments across North America to rack up the experience to take home the gold.

In two weeks I’ll be competing in the Western Canadian Championships in Red Deer Alberta.

It Comes Down to One Word, “Commitment”

This is a quote that my strength coach, Carmen, shared with me last month (which was slightly modified) that I now have posted on my wall at home. It is a quote by Thomas Plummer.

One of the big lies we tell the children is that you can have everything you want in life. 
The truth is that you can’t have everything you want, but you can have what you want. 
Separation in life between those who achieve success in all levels, including family, financial, and personal development as a human being comes down to one world, “commitment.” 

Many people seem to be dabblers in life. 
They start careers, but don’t commit to being the best in that career. 
They start families and then stray away or work until the family is lost. 
They open businesses that are doomed from day one because they were never all in to making it work. 
We want everything but commit to nothing. 
Your goal in life should be to chase the two or three things that really matter to you and make a commitment to be the best there ever was in those things. 
Look at everything you are doing in life and ask yourself if these are the things you are willing to dedicate your life to or are these the things you are simply doing because that is what was in front of you at the time. 
Cut your list down to only 2-3 things that you want your life to be about
There is only one true way to TRAIN AND COMPETE and that is all in and dedicated to being the best there ever was at the very few things you chose to do.

There are lots of competitions coming up in the next 4 months that I will be competing in. I am excited to finally be able to commit to my goals, by taking a break from school, to work on my boxing career.

What Happens when You Lose?

I experienced my first lost in my boxing career two weeks ago. This was also my first loss in an individual sport. Loosing on a team sport is nothing compared to an individual sport. No one ever tells you how hard it is, especially the next day after the competition!

The fight was a war and looking over the footage, I was very pleased with how I looked and how much I have improved since my last fight, in July. I was throwing 3-5 punch combinations and landing every punch.

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As much as you mentally prepare to win a fight, you never plan on loosing and I think that I was so mentally prepared to win, that when I lost, I didn’t really know how to respond. Although I was upset, I stayed rather positive after the fight, but that evening, I was up lying in bed until 4am. My mind was racing, going over everything that happened in the fight and that evening.  At 2:30, I was writing like a mad woman in my journal about exactly how I felt going into the fight, between rounds and what I needed to do to win the fight and improve in the future.  The win was by no means unattainable. It was there for the taking.  I wasn’t prepared for that particular style of fighter and although I landed clean shots, my opponent was the aggressor.

So what do you do when you lose? Quit, and be all upset and let your world crash around you.  No. You rebuild, set new goals and learn from the experience.

You’ll always learn more from a Loss than you ever will from a Win.

When Sh*t hits the fan….

Now this is an interesting one. Sometimes I look at my life and all of the struggles I’ve been through and get upset or frustrated that other people seem to have it easy. And while it feels like more often than not, shit is hitting the fan for me (for a lack of a better phrase), others are coasting by in life. Their issues seem minute to the hurdles that I’ve been trying to get or have been over.

This line came up in a conversation with my strength coach and I last week.

“The world only deals you what you can handle.”

When you truly think about this, there is a lot of truth to it.  When a challenge is present we always manage to rise to the occasion. It may take a while, and feel like a never ending task. But some way, some how, life continues on. And it’s through these challenges that we face, that we become that much wiser.

So, next time the world deals you a shitty hand, remember that it wouldn’t give you something that you weren’t capable of handling.

Life is All About Growth

I’ve decided to be more proactive with my blog by doing bi-monthly posts of how my training and other aspects of my life are going.

These past 4 months I have helped with cornering a few fights, and as any trainer knows,  the information that is passed onto your fighter in that one-minute break is crucial to their success in the ring.

So hence the name of my blog “In Ev’s Corner” you might notice that in some of my upcoming posts I will be posting these little tid-bits of take home information. It will be of things that I have learned through certain experiences either in the ring or in my personal life.

Get ready because some of these knowledge bombs may be heavy.

 Don’t forget that life is about the journey, not the destination! 

The Importance of Strength Training

These past few months I have learned a great deal about training and in particular the importance of strength training.  Strength is key. Without proper strength development, you will not reach your full potential and will be more susceptible to injuries.

Safety is of the utmost importance. Before you can lift heavy objects you must first have proper movement competency.  If you can’t do a proper squat or lunge with a straight spine, you won’t be able to perform a loaded squat.

We must first establish spine stabilization prior to strengthening the body. (Cook, Grey 2010)

Once these movement patterns have been corrected, load can then be added. Without muscular strength there will be limited gains in muscular endurance, explosive power and speed. Weak muscles cannot repeat an action several times or be able to sustain it.  In order to have muscular endurance, you must have muscular strength.

Improving overall muscular strength leads to increased muscle endurance, power, muscle tone, and tendon and ligament strength – all of which help to improve and maintain everyday functional physical capacity. (Hoeger & Hoeger, 2010, p. 232)

Don’t overlook the importance of strength training in your workout routine.

I am very excited for January 2013!  I will be starting to work with my first strength and conditioning coach.  I know that this will bring my conditioning and strength to the next level for competeting.