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Below is a link to a documentary that was recently emailed to me. It was sent by someone who noticed that an old book of mine was seen around the 25:16 mark. Naturally, upon receiving the email, I scrolled to that point and thought it was neat to see the book on display.
Initially, I did not have a chance to watch the entire film but I’m glad that I made time last night. The story that is chronicled throughout is one that I have seen many times. Now before I share my thoughts on the film, I’ll start by sharing a brief summary from the producer:
Nick has lived a wayward life, grappling with alcoholism before discovering kick boxing as a tool to keep him focused and out of trouble. This documentary follows Nick over 6 months as he struggles to keep on a solid path of training in preparation for his ultimate goal – a fight at Cambodia’s CTN stadium. As Nick trains in a range of kick boxing gyms, he comes to learn about the sport, its culture and himself. Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever is a kick boxers personal journey which explores the importance of the goals we set in life.
Nick Tower’s story is similar to many fighters. Throughout his life, he has battled many demons. He’s made his share of mistakes and continually struggles to make the right decision. Fortunately, his desire to fight steers him in the right direction. He is never far from straying into trouble, but the gym keeps pulling him back.
His story is a nice reminder that we all have an opportunity to change. The past is the past. It does not need to dictate your future unless you allow it. Each day offers a chance to improve and move forward. I have never met anyone who has lived a perfect life. I certainly made my share of mistakes as a youngster. Like Nick Tower, it was the fight game that steered me in the right direction. If I had not found boxing as a youngster, I’m not sure where I would be.
Never assume that you are too old to pursue the dreams that matter to you. As stated within the film, winning starts with beginning. And winning isn’t just about stepping into the ring to fight. Winning the game of life also starts with beginning. It is impossible to move forward if you aren’t willing to start. Don’t become paralyzed by your past. What you’ve done in the past does not dictate the future.
One thing that we all share in common is that the future has not yet been written. It’s an open book and we all have our own pen. Just like you, I don’t know where I’ll be in a year, in five years, or in ten years. What I do know is that each day offers the opportunity to improve and advance. Doing so starts by winning each individual day. Whatever you’ve done in the past does not influence today’s score. You still have an opportunity to win the day. Don’t let that opportunity pass you by.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor Frankl4 comments
I recently posted the following video of a younger Floyd Mayweather to my Facebook page. Within the video, you’ll see Floyd demonstrate some of the skills that he’s mastered throughout his career.
The brief clip comes from an episode of In This Corner hosted by James Smith. After posting the video, I had several people ask if other episodes were available online. Fortunately, there are several that can be found on Youtube.
Below I have comprised a brief list of previous episodes. Each link will open to a new page.
Bernard Hopkins – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9496vJdgiA
Johnny Tapia – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1ZZQk-IrXQ
Diego Corrales – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MInsOLU-iGc
Glen Johnson – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z90kxG4LFl8
Kevin Kelly – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnVEkWjxnvQ
Joe Calzaghe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obrMqMMljNE
Mike McCallum – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMeGnD0zZGI
Winky Wright – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiYuq3Anx8I
Ricky Hatton – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtAlLgEvVD4
Mike Tyson – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg6e_xqe5IY
Nonito Donaire – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzTmBwPEVS0
Christy Martin – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0Wuay9-49I
Sugar Ray Leonard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9JN80FUO2o
Please note that this entry is by no means a definitive list. I’m sure there are additional episodes online. You are welcome to share such links in the comment field below.
The way to know about championship quality is to learn from champions, and that I did; studying them with professional purpose during my time in the ring and from habitual interest afterward. – Gene Tunney7 comments
It’s hard to believe that it has been 40 years since Bruce Lee passed (July 20th, 1973). Below is a tribute video that was created in honor of his passing.
Bruce Lee certainly had a huge influence on my life. If share you similar feelings, I’m guessing you will enjoy the brief tribute.
It’s also a good time to link back to a previous entry that focused on his philosophy.
If you want to learn to swim jump into the water. On dry land no frame of mind is ever going to help you. – Bruce LeeNo comments
Below is an excellent video for all aspiring fighters to watch. What you’ll see is the story of Cub Swanson and his journey towards becoming a successful professional fighter. As evident throughout, Cub’s success isn’t just about what he does, but more importantly what he’s been able to overcome.
So often young fighters ask how they should train. The assumption is that if you train properly, you will succeed. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Yes, it is important to train hard, but equally important to persevere through pain and failure. The life of a young fighter is often difficult and lonely. There are no shortcuts to the top. Throughout your arduous journey, there’s a good chance you’ll get knocked down, injured, and be surrounded by so-called friends who believe you should quit.
The pain and sacrifices that a fighter endures cause many to break, physically and mentally. It is a difficult path and if you aren’t willing to take your lumps and bruises, don’t expect to excel.
Cub Swanson’s life is similar to many fighters. He had a rough childhood, got into trouble, had some difficult losses early in his career, and had to overcome countless injuries. Yet despite all the setbacks and obstacles, he kept moving forward.
He’s now a successful fighter who is as hungry as ever. He continues to excel yet remain humble. Young fighters can learn plenty from the example he’s set.
So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win. – Og Mandino3 comments
Judo was first included at the Summer Olympics in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. In the time since, South Korea has distinguished itself as one of the dominant forces in the sport. Only France and Japan have won more Olympic medals.
In the video below, you will see why the Korean team has been so successful. You may not understand the language but you will certainly recognize the work. No translators are required when witnessing such intense and rigorous training.
As you watch these athletes in action, you may note similarities to a previous entry about the legendary Masahiko Kimura (see here). Kimura trained his athletes in a way that would likely be scrutinized today. His work was not just physical but also mental. He took his athletes to a place that is difficult to describe to those who haven’t been there before.
Training need not be complicated but you must be willing to work. Hard work with the basics will often trump the most complex system. Simply working with the basics is not enough however. It’s not just what you do, but how you do it. At some point, your success will depend on how far you willing to push yourself.
Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. – Charles Bukowski8 comments