As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am now, living in the land of the happy people. The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love. Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sparring with Rocky... Tuesday, May 23

Walked into Elorde today and was told my coach had changed my sparring partner.

"You're sparring with Rocky today", he said.

I looked at Coach Rocky sitting there, he smiled, then I turned to get ready for warmup.  Sparring with Coach Rocky, great, he's going to kill me.  Rocky is a shorter boxer, probably a little taller than me, but they all praise him for supposedly his mad skills and hard hits.  I haven't actually seen him spar before but I see the intensity he brings to coaching his fighters.  He flys those pads by their heads, firing off combo after combo, and he does it with such a straight face.  Unlike Coach Garry who comments when I land a solid punch or repeat a combo he's taught me, Coach Rocky doesn't say anything.  His face doesn't even say anything either, he's emotion-less in the facial expressions and I think that throws a lot of his fighters off.  He only cracks a smile when he says "hi" or "bye" to me.  And though he seems like a nice guy, he's emotionless when he coaches and pretty much talks as little as he can.

Ya... I was stepping into the ring with him.

Coach Rocky is a former Filipino champion so I guess he doesn't need to talk or show emotion, his boxing status speaks for itself.

Upon stepping into the ring with Coach Rocky, many of the other boxers at the club and those working either came to watch ringside or stopped where they were to watch for a bit.

No pressure, oh gosh.

My plan of attack was to figure out what his weakness was and really focus on that.  BINGO, found it in the first round.  Coach Garry noted it too and we quickly chatted about it in between rounds.  Rocky often keeps his guard high but he's quick to react to me throwing body shots at him.  He doesn't however keep his guard tight and so I worked the upper cut like it was my golden ticket to staying afloat in these six rounds of sparring.

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