Monday, July 27, 2015
Five Rounds Of The Night
It's Gabe vs. John (the other one, not John the teacher) during sparring at Loyola Park.
I did five rounds of sparring: three with Kelly, and two with Katie. Kelly is not much taller than I, but she stayed on her toes and moved around a lot more than I did. It was only during the third round with her that I remembered to move my head. After going a little too hard with my right hook, I heard Alan telling me, "Easy, Hillari!"
Katie's long arms were hard to get around, and she kept the jab in my face. I got in hooks to the body, but like Kelly, she kept moving around, too. I could back Kelly up into the corners sometimes, but I couldn't do that to Katie. My knees were not doing so well during the last round with Katie. I plodded along until the bell rang to end it.
John also sparred with Rafael, who is from Austria. I missed seeing a hard punch that John gave Rafael, but I saw the result. Rafael was bleeding all over one of the gym's towels. He went to the washroom to clean up, and when he returned, he gave John a high five. Alan was praising John about how he opened up on Rafael.
Geniece opened up on a guy named Richard. I could tell Richard wasn't hitting her very hard. But she didn't hold back on him. A couple of times, Richard stepped back and shook his head to clear it after Geniece rocked him.
Today, I finally brought a scale for the gym at LaFollette. I'm going to hide it for a minute in the storage room. Some of the kids treated the other scale (which belongs to Ken, who trains people in the fitness center) like a toy. They kept wanting to get on it every time they were at the gym, which is unnecessary. I also ordered cones so the kids can work on their footwork. An agility ladder would have been better, but the floor in the gym is uneven, so a ladder wouldn't sit properly. Alan suggested that I also get milk crates so the kids can jump over them in order to work on their footwork. I also got a pair of one pound weights; I'll buy a few more pair before summer ends. Those are for shadow boxing. Unfortunately, I can't buy everything I want for the gym out of my own pocket, but I can purchase a few things to help the fighters out.