As the story has it, I woke up and found myself on the very opposite side of the globe – the flipside. I arrived February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d simply do a year, then leave. Years later and I’m still here. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company, Flipside Fitness, and CEO of my own boxing club, Korea's largest -- Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I picked up one day and left. I returned to Toronto, Canada but only to pack up my bags and venture out again. Now I'm living in Makati, Philippines. Life for me is better in Asia and I'm so happy here. This isn't a new chapter in the book of my life though, it's a whole new book I've started!!! I'm a whole new woman. I left Korea with Flipside Fitness on my brain, Hulk's in my heart, boxing in my bag, and my four-legged friend Balboa Button by my side.

Life is an adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Little Bit of Humble Pie... Saturday, October 29

A little bit of humble pie never killed anyone but I only meant to serve a piece, not the whole pie.

Today Team Blue had sparring practice, 3pm to 5pm, and I was there to serve some humble pie via challenging them so to change them.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think they all needed a piece of the pie but sometimes they seem to comfortable with their training -- too comfortable with me as their coach and their teammates as now both friends and sparring partners. 

Nothing good comes from working in your comfort zone.  You have to challenge yourself to change yourself and that's exactly what I wanted to go down today.

There was a motive to my sparring matching today and it was clearly to challenge them.

This past week I've been taking down the names and numbers of specific fighters training at Clancy's and then texting them to see who could come in to work with my fighters.  I scored the names and numbers of two southpaws to work with my one southpaw so one of them came into for sparring.  I also planned to have one of my female fighters spar with a particular male fighter from our team.  I've been pushing her to work on her feet speed and movement more and this particular male fighter of mine is more or less the poster child of speed on our team.  I then had our biggest male fighter fight with a smaller male fighter who is much quicker on his feet and with his hands.  I thought this would pose as a good challenge because they were opposite in many ways and it'd force my fighter to challenge and change his game plan accordingly. 

Every sparring match was a challenge and that's the purpose of training -- challenging yourself to change yourself.  A few of them had a much harder challenge than the others but this also means a few of them had the opportunity to learn a lot more and ultimately grow a lot more too.  It was good, it was real good.  Train hard, fight easy.

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