why dont they tape up the bags?

the heavy bag is not on the wall and
the free-standing one has lost its
head so torso work
defence drills
and shadow boxing
which really kills my arms

followed up by
speedball
slipping and being hit in the face
as I’m too
slow today

too busy so no mirror room
why don’t they tape up the bags?

some days aren’t right like an electric storm poking your nerves

drills

pivot off the hips
fists on the jaw
round
crouch low
come back up
throw left
hook
jab
keep feet stable
but moving
step back
defensive right
back in stance

jab left
head either side of the speedball
torso dip
jab left
etc
x50
step back throw right

deep ache in lower abs down and back
drills
drills
benchpress
footwork
breathing
watch your bad-angled form
in the mirror whilst
all the men surrounding lift weights

still,
progress

knuckles

can feel every milimetre between the bones in my hands
and knuckles feel
forced apart
shoulders
ache

body feels comfortable in position
stood up framed
like that position was in the womb
not slack on a chair before
a desk

couldn’t get flow as hungover, physically yes
mentally no
jerking
ideas not there
close-in missing punches

no real connection
or art

frustration sets in and/as more punches miss
i realise I’ve never been angry or lost
my temper
on the bag before

and it doesn’t
help

hard right

50 x right hard to get each one in line
repetition and practice
hard right
hard right
left hook quick right step back

started slowly moving feet again
slow dance 2am
hard right hard hook hard jab
quicken pace
combination
hard line depth
position torque torso smooth
transition

start again with slipping
can last longer in rounds and
skipping

fitness improving

hungover ragged and busy gym

hungover ragged and busy gym
personal trainers and their students
either side of me
with their
vigorous cardio-techniques
my concentration goes

working the bag is a different discipline
different movement
keep resorting to hook
more slow dancing
torso
notice the distance and judgement/range
dictates the feet
the eye a little slow
as
yet

fists meet bag
too early
too late
weak jab
follow the bag

footwork in front of mirror
looks wrong
lead foot leads not crossing
legs!
two weeks off and two steps back

a cool swim afterwards finishes me off
and I feel my arms
ache
and
drop

a fighter

got up at 4.a.m.

watched a documentary

a fourty year old fighter who was
homeless
had lost his way

still travelled
fought in tournaments
from vladivostok to
chechnya

he moved between friends’ houses
washing in buckets
huge thick beard ex- and present
janitor

eyes squinting face lived in but
body lean taut unexpected under dirty clothes

and he was
humble

sat back waiting
pulling at beard staring at floor as others
practiced and fought shadows

said he was going to
get beaten
he was old

cracked a cheek bone
to go with old cracked ribs disjointed
shoulder

the fight was stopped
said he wasn’t concentrating
then
walked off

he slept rough

one night someone stole his
rucksack
which had medals photographs
basically his whole
life
he said this matter of fact

without pity

the actual spirit of a fighter
a year older than I and
still
proving
every day

Sports Massage Therapy Oxford

Book your appointment at TOPS Physio in Summertown with Nick over the phone, online, or just pop in!

Fool's Blog

Various & Sundry Foolishness!

Cardboard Towns | Città Di Cartone

Paintings, doodles, videos & other elegant devices to cover up wall fissures by Marco Bigliazzi

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 207 other followers

%d bloggers like this: