*OUCH* My Poor Coach

By BitcoDavid

There I was, half way through the 10th round with my coach, Ilir Ymeri, in our weekly sparring match. He had me up against the ropes, and I was trying to duck out. Well, when I ducked – he must have been moving forward on his lead leg, because my knee hit his knee, and down he went.

Now, if you know Ilir – the Albanian Assassin whom we lovingly call, the KGByou know that he’s a 200+ pound, wall of muscle. Me? I’m a middleweight, and although I’ve been boxing for almost 5 years now – as any fighter will tell you – I’m still a newbie.

Our weekly sparring sessions are for teaching, not for fighting. Of course we fight – I mean, that’s what fighters do, right? But the point is, we’re not trying to kill each other, I’m trying to learn and he’s trying to teach. So this knee thing was an accident, and I feel terrible about it. His knee is really banged up.

This could happen to anybody – a simple accident in the ring – nobody at fault. There is a point, however. What we do is dangerous, and we need to take care so we don’t get seriously hurt, or seriously hurt our opponents.

Well, that’s all I’ve got, but keeping the above in mind, remember – always protect yourself.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

The Truth about Registration and the Deadly Weapon mythology

By BitcoDavid

First off, allow me to apologize for the lack of attention given this site, by me. DeafInPrison.com has been exploding with activity – which is a good thing – and I’ve been swamped. But my intention has been all along, to build BitcoDavid’s BoxingBlog up to the same level as it’s big sister. I promise to renew my efforts and post more on this site.

Now, on to the post.

Ever since I started boxing, and for the 15 years before that, that I studied Wah Lum Kung Fu, I’ve been hearing that boxers and martial artists – upon achieving a certain level of expertise – were expected to undergo some kind of registration process that would establish their hands – and feet – as deadly weapons. An expansion of this concept was that these individuals were compelled by legal mandate, to inform prospective assailants that they had done so.

When I joined Quietman, I was told that I would also need to join U.S.A. Boxing, but I was told that this was for insurance purposes, as well as securing sanction for any actual fights that I may get in my career as an amateur boxer. However, the buzz throughout the gym – albeit unofficial – was that we too, were registering our hands through this organization.

Sorry people. I know how cool it is to tell your friends that your hands are legally registered deadly weapons, but the sad truth is – they’re not.

Research shows that no state in the U.S. has – or has ever had – such a law. The only reference I could find to any statute or civil code of this nature is in Post War Okinawa, and that law applied to U.S. Marines, only. The U.S. had many soldiers stationed on Okinawa after the War, and bar fights were a common problem. The Island opted to put this law into effect to curtail these fights. The logistics of implementing such a law soon proved impossible, and the law was dropped from the books within a few years.

Here’s the definition of a lethal weapon as viewed by New York State.

12. “Deadly weapon” means any loaded weapon from which a shot, readily capable of producing death or other serious physical injury, may be discharged, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, pilum ballistic knife, metal knuckle knife, dagger, billy, blackjack, or metal knuckles. — Public Legal Info, NY.

That even rules out things like Nunchaku, swords, balisongs and shirikens also commonly and erroneously considered illegal.

Now, I have been stopped and questioned, for carrying swords, staffs, throwing daggers and battle-axes, but I was always let go. The cop just kind of shook his head and muttered, nut-job under his breath.

I did however read of one case where a mother brought her boxing son into a police station to register his hands. When the officer at the desk broke out laughing, the woman became incensed, and accused the police of failing to do their jobs.

for an interesting thread on this topic, go to Straight Dope Message Board.

It should be noted however, that legalities notwithstanding, the human fist can indeed be a deadly weapon. If I could end every post with one simple piece of essential advice it would be protect yourself at all times.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

 

Team Blood

By BitcoDavid

Me and Eric. Image courtesy Ilir Ymeri and Quietman Gym

Me and Eric. Image courtesy Ilir Ymeri and Quietman Gym

Several Members of Quietman gym in Medford, MA have decided to take action and give back to the community, through Team Blood. Their tagline is, actions speak louder than words, and Team Blood speaks pretty loud. So far, about 15 people have joined up, and they will be running in some 5Ks, dedicating some bouts and donating their time and energy to such causes as the Sandy Hook families and the Malden, MA school system.

You can find their site here. They have a Paypal link where you can send donations, and on their events page, you can find out other ways to participate. Get together with some great fighters and awesome people, and lend a hand.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

It Keeps You Young

By BitcoDavid

A muay thai fighter "working his hands&qu...

A Muay Thai fighter “working his hands” on a heavy bag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several years ago, I was in the gym – hammering away on the bag. I saw this old guy, maybe 70-ish, punching at a bag, as well. By punching, I don’t mean standing there poking at the thing, I mean working the bag. After the round, he walked over and asked me if I liked boxing. “I love it,” was of course, my reply.

Well, it turns out, he was an ex-pro. Apparently he used to fight for purses, back in the early ’50s. When I asked him how old he was, he just laughed and said, “Well, I won’t see 80 ever again.” Like I said, this guy was old, but he didn’t look 80 to me. And he handled that heavy bag pretty good. We kept talking for a minute, and he said something that stuck with me. “Boxing keeps you young.”

He didn’t say exercise. He said boxing.

English: Hard right Uppercut body blow to abou...

Hard right Uppercut body blow to a 100 lb. heavy bag, which bends the bag upon impact. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s my theory. Besides all the advantages of a great cardio workout, a great strength training workout and – unlike anything else in the gym – a great speed training workout, the act of fighting causes the release of certain hormones that can offset the effects of aging. Now, that’s just a theory, but I’m sticking to it.

I knew a guy, growing up, whom everybody called the Hog. I’m sure his mother actually gave him a name, but nobody seemed to know what it was. Anyway, the Hog at 70, could still fill a doorway, and could still clear out a bar. He used to strap balls and chains – that’s right, bald headed women – to his ankles, every morning, and wear them up until about noon. I once saw him lift a V-8 engine block with his bare hands. The hog was an ex-Marine, but during his time in the Corps, what did he do? He boxed. I can’t help but feel sorry for the guys he went up against.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

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