Been thinking on one of the reasons – why kids move away from Boxing at an early stage!!
Thought to share – One of the perspective
Many a times when parents get their kid for Boxing; their expectations are their kid should be able to learn Boxing in about 3 months time and want to see that kid in the ring for a competition… Yet to understand the outlook of the said parents..
Becomes difficult to convince most of them; not necessarily their kid will find a place for competition in the ring; the demands of Boxing are different – as a coach i would not like to put the kid in a ring for a competition without him / her being physically and mentally prepared for it. Yes one can put him or her for a sparring session but not the competition.. Doesn’t the kid deserve that extra time to understand the demands of Boxing and nuances of this special sport..
A loss in a Boxing match can be more traumatizing than a loss in Tennis. Here the kid gets a physical beating when he losses. Thus the recovery mentally and physically is different.. and this may get embedded in the kid’s mind so much; wherein he / she may carry that fear all through.. Would the parents like that to happen to the kid. I am sure the answer would be NO.
But then many a times the desire to see their kid in the competition may over-weigh the desire to groom the kid to take on life positively. This turns out (most of the cases) to make the kid move away from the wonderful game of Boxing to some other sport without having learnt the basics of the Boxing.
Wondering how do we tackle this..
I find myself in a dilemma these days: having attended a session on Science in Running. There it was all science behind running; something that is probably is working on everyone’s mind. Noticed this phenomenon around me, since taking retirement from the Army.
In the Army always had one guy (either Senior or an Instructor) to lead and all others followed; there was only loyalty and integrity to the Organization and belief in the person in front. That made us all follow that person and run; whatever distance he set for us!!! No questions asked, No calories measured, No BP taken before and after the run, No checks on lactic acid, No check on threshold level, when it comes to training and Many No’s to every other check-ups except follow the order.. And People did it – doing it and yet working well!! Everyone had once a year a medical check-up and that’s all…
Has it to do with Abstract Psychology or Concrete science? Wondering, How Psychology worked at its best. But then, now that one knows a bit of science; has it started worrying me more… Is it putting necessary or un-necessary caution in my mind… Is it that, I have stopped delivering longer and faster runs because of knowledge of science..
Isn’t it that everyone is made and groomed differently not only in habits / mannerism / food intake, so on and so forth? Some eat rice as staple diet and some bread; do I need to change this habit because science shows something different about rice and wheat..
When it comes to Individual Fitness or Running, doesn’t the same logic apply? One’s threshold level or lactic acid or heart rate or whatever may be different, yet in the Army, it was all the same for everyone; no different yardsticks.. When it came to running 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 km running, everyone just did it; be it day or night and every time gave better and better performance, isn’t it all in the mind though abstract and not concrete! Where do I draw a line between Pure Fitness and Frills!!
Pure Fitness! No Frills!