I had the pleasure of presenting my latest painting to Tee yesterday. An early holiday gift for my coach, my friend.
You may remember that this past July, I started with Tee and the rest of the crew at LA Boxing in Orange. One of the most memorable things that Tee said early on is that if I wanted results, I needed to come and get it ... that neither he nor anyone else would be bringing it to me.
Tee's tough. Just the way I like it. And it's true what he says. Results can be reached when a person goes after it. With grit. With commitment. And without quitting. Tee doesn't like quitters.
Along with Tee, there's the amazing Corey who is also tough, and who makes the impossible look possible as he masterfully inpires everyone to follow his lead. One of the most memorable pieces of advice that he has given in terms of boxing a tough opponent: "Make him pay."
There is also the awesome Jose. To describe him as tough is an understatement. He can run 13 miles while most people are barely getting out of bed. And to up the challenge, he'll frequently wear this mask that simulates high elevation so that his runs become that much tougher. His boxing motto: "Go for the liver."
I know it sounds a bit corny, but I love my gym. And I love all of my coaches and instructors: Tee, Corey, Jose, and also Alex and Adrian. They've become my extended family. Since July to now, they've helped me in ways that they will never completely know. And I know that if I'm ever down and troubled ... if ever any folks were to threaten my safety, they'd come to my corner and help me wipe them out.