Monday, December 14, 2015
My First Time at Fifty-Four
My first time sparring at age 54 was with Kathy, who is in the photo above. She continues to improve greatly. It was not my night, however, She stepped in, got her punches in and stepped back out. I was plodding along, spending more time avoiding being hit, than getting punches in. Alan advised her to keep circling around me, and she did. I tried backing her into corners, but she was already several steps ahead.
Professor caught David up against the ropes in this photo. The two men claimed they were going easy, but it looked as if they had gone to war. They got some good sparring time in. David continues to improve on his skills. Later, I heard Professor giving him some more advice.
Leon (on the left in the photo) sparred with Ralphie. But Ralphie had enough after about a couple of rounds. Then Leon took on Professor. Professor held his own against Leon. Leon threw a hook that missed, because Professor timed it right and avoided it. "If that had landed, it would have sent him home," Alan commented. Then Leon hit Professor in the ribs with a hard right hook. Both Alan and I winched. "That hurt me," Alan said. He kept telling Leon to go easy, but Professor wasn't bothered by Leon's swings.
Finally got a new pair of glasses. I'm showing them off in the photo above. Since the last pair had been battered many times while I held the punch mitts for the kids at LaFollette Park, I'm going to be extra careful with the new pair. They will go inside the eye glass case from now on before I put the punch mitts on.