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