Sparring has to be one of the most fun things I've ever done.

It took quite a while from first stepping in to the boxing gym to stepping in to the boxing ring, but the minute I did I was hooked.

The very first time I stepped in to the ring was with Coach Cris who was very gentle and patient with me and helped me to control my temper, it's natural to get angry when you've been hit!

Once the anger and one's breathing are under control (anger is unhelpful and the breathing is very important!) the rest of it is really quite straightforward and can be a lot of fun.

Conrad and I always seemed to go quite heavily at each other, neither of us is really sure why, but when I have sparred with others it's been good to mix up the different styles.

My favourite sparring is with the coaches because that's when you really learn to employ the various techniques that they've been teaching in the boxing classes.

I have decided that I will continue sparring, but am also aware that I need to be a bit wiser about who I spar with. Sparring with Thomas (above) who is 35 years younger than me isn't the cleverest thing to be doing.

Below is a promotional video CEY put together for Rumble In The Box back in October 2019 when Conrad & I had our first proper fight. The video is a snapshot of some of our sparring.

This post is part of a series in the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, April 2022.


  1. I read your post of Respect yesterday while waiting in the doc's office. I agree with you about respect needing to be earned. I couldn't comment because for some reason I couldn't remember my password and it wouldn't let me sign in on my phone. Technology...hmph. Kind of like spa'ing. You have to keep at it to stay good at it. Yes, you probably should think about who you are going to practice with. Good for you keeping at it. To me it looks like it hurts! I was kind of Stumperfied today.

  2. Sparring sounds scary to me.. for me the video is not displayed... U Explain everything so clearly, next time I may watch a boxing match with new found interest!

    Dropping by from a to z "The Pensive"

  3. Sparring sounds like it takes discipline. Not sure I would be good at it.

  4. Sparring is so much fun! I haven't done it in a while, but I remember the way breathing controlled the fight more than one would think.

    Ronel visiting for the A-Z Challenge My Languishing TBR: S

  5. The only sparring I might do these days is verbal sparring and even that makes me tired pretty quickly.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. Okay, "Pastor Punch"!
    My workout this morning included throwing punches - not boxing, just as part of my cardio. It's a great workout for the back! Good for you!

  7. Funny thing is we breathe every second of our life but in almost every sport or challenging situation , doing it correctly becomes so important


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