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November 02, 2012

Core Strength

When I get to train with Coach Tee, it gets pretty intense. Sweat. And extreme exhaustion.
But I never complain.

Jenny Doh and Terrance Noah
We usually start at 6AM. Sometimes a tad later. He's a former Muy Thai champion. He's knocked people out to unconsciousness. One morning, when it was not even 6AM and it was still dark outside, I asked him if he noticed the strange car with the strange person in the parking lot. Someone we hadn't ever seen before. I was kind of scared. He said "Yeah, I see him. Don't worry."


Terrance Noah and Jenny Doh
And he did the opposite to what most would do in that situation. He opened the front doors wide and stepped outside to survey the lot and then stepped back in, keeping the doors open. No words. No fear. No hiding. Just sheer confidence and strength. The car drove off.

Terrance Noah and Jenny Doh

Boxing's not about just the punching. It's about balance. And core strength. As Coach says, if you don't have a strong core, you don't have anything. And if you don't have a strong back, you don't have a strong core.

Jenny Doh and Coach Tee NoahAll of this I think is related to that inner strength that opens the doors to face one's fears rather than locking doors and hiding in the bathroom.

Jenny Doh and Coach Tee NoahSometimes, Coach checks in with me during a workout, especially when it looks like I'm about to pass out to ask "You ok?" And I nod, "I'm good."

Jenny DohWhen we're done, I'm a sweaty, drippy mess. Rejuvenated. Ready for the day.

Coach Tee's a man of few words ... which is why I felt like flying one day when he said after a session, "I like training you because you never complain."

Jenny DohShe will.



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I will think of you at 6am now! :-) You are determined to be the best that you can. I'm glad you have a good coach too. Those Kanvas pictures are so cute...!

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