2015 in Review

By BitcoDavid

Sadly, this blog just hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves. I’m not one for making New Years’ Resolutions – anybody who’s spent any time at all in a gym, knows nobody keeps them. So let’s just say I will make it a goal for 2016 to try and write more for this site. On the upside, I’ve been fighting every week this year, and my last match – yesterday – was my best showing ever. This year I really want to get at least one actual competition bout. New England Masters Competition, or something. I don’t so much care if I win or not, I just want to be able to say I’ve fought in an actual competition, and brought everything I have to it.

Anyway, Happy New Year to all our readers, and thank you for your support. And to all fighters – it takes a special breed of person to step into that ring, and I’ve learned to respect anyone who is willing to try it.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 520 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.

Writin’ and Fightin’ in 2014

By BitcoDavid

Me, my coach Ilir, and a good friend and sparring partner, Chris, celebrating another year of boxing. Image courtesy Ilir Ymeri

Me, my coach Ilir, and a good friend and sparring partner, Chris, celebrating another year of boxing. Image courtesy Ilir Ymeri. Taken at Quietman Sports.

It’s been almost 2 years since I started this site, and in that time, I’ve improved immeasurably at fighting. Sadly, I haven’t been paying much attention to the blog. My New Year’s resolution – one of the many, anyway – is to reverse that trend. See, I’ve been fighting for about 7 years now, and I did Wah Lum Kung Fu for about a decade, before that – but I was born with a pen in my hand. Well, a keyboard, at any rate. Writing’s what I do, but I gotta tell ya; I love this sweet science. I really do. That’s a strange statement to make. I mean, what’s to love about getting your head beat in, for 2 hours every day? To tell you the truth, I can’t answer that question. Boxing is an enigmatic sport. Every instinct would be to avoid it like the plague, but for reasons I can’t explain, a few select individuals, including myself, just can’t get enough of it.

Another shot of me with Ilir and another sparring partner, Virgilio. Courtesy of Ilir Ymeri. Taken at Quietman Sports.

Another shot of me with Ilir and another sparring partner, Virgilio. Courtesy of Ilir Ymeri. Taken at Quietman Sports.

That’s why I started this blog. I want to try to show my readers what a wonderful sport this truly is, but I also want to find a way to explain why I love it so much. It’s a science of opposition – of anathema. When your head tells you to back away, that’s when you need to move in. You defend by attacking, and attack by defending. You move forward by turning, and block by evading. And you quickly learn that the one-punch-knock-out that is the staple of teevee and movies… well, it’s total fantasy. Knocking someone out is tough.

Here’s our annual report from WordPress.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 530 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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.

Event: Exhibition at Quietman Sports

By BitcoDavid

Saturday, June 29th! Mark your calendars, and show up to root for the fighters, support the causes of a great gym, and learn something about boxing and MMA.

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.

*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.

 

From USABoxing – Casting Call

By BitcoDavid

Olivia Luczak, polish-german female amateur boxer.

Olivia Luczak, polish-german female amateur boxer.

Are you an Amateur Boxer, between the ages of 21- 35?

If so, you are invited to a casting call to appear on a Reality Show for a major cable network about amateur boxers who are pursuing their passion in a world of professional and personal challenges.

The casting call will be on Saturday, March 23rd, with registration from
10am-12noon at Peter Welch’s Gym, 371 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, MA.

All weight classes are welcome.

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.

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