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.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tweeking My Game... Thursday, April 19

I know the only way to get better at anything is to surround yourself with those who'll push you up and help make you better.  Whether it's them passing on tools of the trade they've acquired, teaching you something or just giving you advice, you don't get better unless you surround yourself with the better.  Like Skittles once said, "If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room".  

Similarly, with boxing, you only learn from those better than you.  Coach Bogs is a great boxer and I'm really trying hard to be up to par with his footwork and movement, so stepping into the ring to spar against him is all that more difficult for me.  Today that's what I did though, I stepped in and sparred with him.  I think sparring with Coach Bogs is the only person that's really able to get into my head and make me mentally frustrated.  I found myself in the second round telling myself to calm down and fight smart.  I couldn't out move him, his footwork is so much better than mine, so I had to come up with a different strategy.  

Sparring with Coach Bogs also, more often than not, includes me walking away with some kind of injury.  Last week it was a kidney shot that left me unable to stomach my food the next day and a half and the other week it was a liver shot that was super painful.  Today, nothing too dramatic as previous weeks but we did get a bit intense in the last round and I ended up taking a super low blow to the thigh.  Holy Charlie horse!!!  I walked out of the ring with a few scraps on my arm and face from us scrapping it out in the corner, infighting, but nothing crazy.  Overall, it was a great sparring session after which I sat down with Coach Bogs and talked about what parts I need to put more focus on at training. 

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