punch + kick = ahhhhhh…..

March 5, 2013 at 3:52 am 10 comments

The scent of sweat and leather
filters through the room
the rhythm of thunderous music –
resonates in my ears……….
With hands wrapped tight,
and gloves secure,
I find myself
standing –
in front of my
Or is it my friend?
I do not know for certain
will soon find out
for sure.
I’ve stretched out a bit,
gulped down some water
with all of the others………
The warm up is very basic;
to get the blood flowing –
fifteen minutes of
push ups
When the bouncing has commenced
it’s time to get serious –
in front of the bag
we stand –
hands up,
face blocked,
on the hop……………….
There is nothing more
than throwing a punch –
into a bag
of sand 
weighing 75 lbs –
covered in black leather
from a chain.
The impact begins when the glove
hits the bag –
the fist
the arm,
the shoulder,
and neck –
until the whole body is
heart racing
faster than  fast!
The bag is unrelenting –
it’s firm
with just a little bit of  ‘give’ –
not a pillow –
but it does allow
for a darn good punch
a give-it-all-you-got power kick.
After 30 minutes of throwing
kicking hard against the bag,
it’s time to move on to
the core,
clean the leather
The arms feel like
the legs turn into
the mind becomes
crystal clear
and the spirit feels
light as a
What I like the most
about this class
is the bag I get to punch.
For me it is not
an object,
it becomes
so, so
more –
It’s the conflict
deep within me,
all of the chaos that exists –
the darkness,
the uncertainties,
and struggles
of everyday life –
wrapped in a 75 lb package
for me
to punch

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. WB  |  March 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Very inspirational. Motivating. Like it.

    • 2. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 4:11 am

      Thanks – after a few months of blah – I am back into boxing. I am sore as all hell:)
      But, I am happy to be channeling the inner Ali!

      • 3. WB  |  March 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

        That’s great, boxing is a good channel of venting, not to
        mention it helps with any repression us humans may have. Stay preoccupied, build yourself up, be yourself, and be strong.

  • 4. Tucson Blonde  |  March 5, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Love this!

    I have moderate envy, too, cause there are certainly days I wish I had a 75 lbs bag that I could punch with the chaos of all my darkness, fears, uncertainties and struggles! 😉

    • 5. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Believe me it is awesome. I used to think – no, me? ex-ballet dancer – no, I would look like a totally idiot – BUT – the opportunity arose to try a class + i was bored with the usual routine and needed to change it up a bit. OMG (sorry to sound like a texting teen) it was awesome, just incredible. I was so busy beating the ‘you know what’ out of the bag, I did not have time to think about what a geek I looked like. I walked out of there with the biggest sigh – i was blown away!

  • 6. unlovingyou  |  March 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    wow what a great way to get rid of your stress and frustration!

    • 7. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      you have no idea – I just started this past week after having done nothing since thxgiving. i am in pain, but it is good. great pain!

  • 8. justgs  |  March 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    I Love This Write! Really a treat to read Kim 😀

    • 9. words4jp  |  March 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Thanks – in a few months I may be ready to seriously kick butt!

  • 10. Lunch Sketch  |  March 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Wow! Envious. That sounds awesome. We had a guy rent a flat attached to our house when I was around 13. He taught boxing and gave us some lessons on the bag. It was kinda fun then, but I think I have a lot more need for it now that I am older.
    Oh … the things I would punish with a boxing bag now if I could! 🙂


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