Saturday, December 12, 2015
David vs. Devian
I was waiting at the bus stop yesterday when Kody called to me from the back seat of a car he was riding in. Turns out his dad was at the wheel. I got a ride down to the field house. His dad wanted an honest answer about how Kody was doing in the gym. "He has a lot of potential, but Kody doesn't work out as much as he should," I explained. "I know Kody is in there playing with the other kids and goofing around. You don't have to tell me," his dad said. Kody was silent. I had the feeling his dad had heard the same report before from Kody's school teacher. His dad told me he would talk with Kody's mom to see if they will agree to sign him up for the winter.
Later, David got his wish when Devian, a new kid, showed up at the gym. I was happy that Devian showed up too, because that meant I did not have to spar with David. Besides, I wanted to see how well David could do against a kid closer to his size. I also wanted to see more of what Devian already knew, since he told me he regularly boxed with his cousins.
Devian had his chin up in the air too much, and David took advantage of that. Devian was also taking too long to take action. "Be first!" I told him, as his mom, David's mom and sister, and Derrick, who showed up early for the teen class, looked on. David loves to head hunt. I'm trying to get him to remember to also throw punches to the body. Both boys had their hands down too often at the wrong times, and they did not use all of the room they had in the ring.
However, Devian threw enough punches to cause David's nose to bleed twice. I have to give David credit. He's had his nose bloodied up before, but he never cries, doesn't scream or yell. He takes it and keeps going. His mother jumped to attention to clean him up.
Today was one of those slow days when no one comes in to train. I had a few inquiries about the program, and I washed the hand wraps. Other than that, it was extremely quiet in the gym. Once again, I made mental plans as to where I want the two combination speed bag/heavy bags stands that the park district ordered for the gym to be placed. I smiled to myself when I noted that I might not have to worry about those stands or any other equipment being tampered with during next year's summer day camp. I learned that the refrigerator in the kitchen on the other side of the gym has to be moved. There's inadequate ventilation in that room.
That means no kids trampling over the gym area to get their breakfast, lunch and snacks during summer day camp. That will certainly ease my mind, as well as save my vocal cords from screaming at the kids all day.