Thanks to Rachel A. for the pictures, video, interviews and editing!! Also, thanks to Tyler M. and Nabeela I. for pictures too!
AS we already mentioned, the basketball event that helped MDream was a complete success. In celebration, we decided to put together a video recap to show everyone what it was like to be there and all the fun that everyone had.
Enjoy the video and know that Athletic Supporters is there to provide future events for causes.
Athletic Supporters will hold it’s first event come October in South Korea. We are expecting a nice turn-out and will provide an educational message to support volunteering and conservation causes through athletics. Stay tuned as we will provide more information about the event.
A popular sport amongst athletes and bookworms alike in London is the new sport called ChessBoxing. The idea here is that the individuals have to push themselves mentally and physically and at the same time. The participants undergo a strenuous physical round of fighting, and then immediately line-up against their competitor to engage in a game of chess.
Imagine competing in a round of boxing, physically exhausted, only to pursue a mind numbing game of chess immediately after. This is the self-proclaimed ‘ultimate experience.’
While the game sounds self-explanatory, the experience is definitely not.
Officially, boxing started as a match between two men, 3 minute rounds, gloves and a bout until the ‘finish’. The first official fight, credited by many historians, was between James Corbett, also known as ‘Gentleman Jim’, and John L. Sullivan. Though Sullivan was much more impressive in stance, ‘Gentleman Jim’ proved that lofty footwork and supreme hands could overcome a bigger, overpowering man. In the 21st round, James put down Sullivan and proved that skill overcomes.
Though there were many bouts before this, this fight opened the door for modern era boxing.
“Fight one more round. When your feet are so tired that you have to shuffle back to the center of the ring, fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish that your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” –Gentleman Jim
In order to be a giant in the ring, there has to be plenty of time spent in the gym. Some of the greatest have different offense techniques but almost all of them agree that defense in essential to winning.
Certainly, the world in the ring can be intimidating. The opponent bobs and weaves and thrusts his hands at the opponent with vicious intent. The point of the sport, after all, is to win by points or knockdown. The first one down or most punches landed upon is called the loser and has to accept fault in front of the on-watchers. There is no team in the ring. There is one boxer against another boxer. One will win and the other will lose–it is as simple as that.
“Once that bell rings you’re on your own. It’s just you and the other guy.”
This intimidation continues outside of the ring as well. Most boxers begin their career finding gyms that support boxing training and continues into sparring. While sparring can occur in a controlled environment, often with protective gear, the intent is the same–to intimidate the opponent with vicious combinations. The only way to learn is to get back up again. Any boxer will tell you that getting knocked down is part of the game that even the best fighters had to learn.