Sunday, November 29, 2015
Creed and Coaching
Creed is part of the long running Rocky movie franchise, but it is different from the rest. First of all, the main character is not Rocky Balboa, but Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) who is the son of Rocky's late friend and rival, Apollo Creed. Adonis has been raised by his stepmom Mary (Phylicia Rashad). Adonis was bouncing back and forth between foster care and juvenile hall after his mom passed, and Mary took him in. Adonis walks away from a successful nine-to-five career to box full time. He approaches Rocky to train him.
The fight scenes and training scenes were well-filmed. As usual, people from the real boxing world -- Michael Buffer, Tony Bellew, Andre Ward, Max Kellerman, Jim Lampley -- were placed in the movie to give it authenticity. This movie also proved why boxing movies continue to be made -- boxing is a metaphor for life. Every character in the movie is fighting for and against something.
I watch boxing training videos on YouTube as much as I can. I'm always made aware of how I need to constantly improve my coaching methods as well what the students in my classes need to learn. When I see movies like Creed, I'm inspired even more to be the best coach I can be.