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.

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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