In-depth is finally underway and TALONS students are meeting with their mentor, learning new things about their skill that they want to learn, and already learning basic fundamentals from their skills. If you don’t know already, I’m planning on taking these next 5 months and learning the basic skills and techniques of the art of boxing and kickboxing. As far as my mentor goes, I am lucky enough to have one of my close friends that already know how to box. Since one of my goals during this 5 month study is to expand my connections throughout my city and everyday life, I have asked my friends boxing coach if he could mentor me for the next 5 months. Moreover, my mentor, Joel Zapata started boxing when he was around my age (14 or 15) and he loved it ever since. Moreover, he grew up getting better and better at the sport and decided to later teach boxing to teenagers around the same age when he started to box. Knowing this, I’m very excited to get to know him more because I feel like we will be able to relate in many ways. Like all things in life, not all things are perfect. Although Joel did have many highlights during his boxing career, there were some down sides to it. Specifically, injuries. Joel suffered through a reoccurring hand injury to his left wrist. He said that those times were quite tough for him because all he wanted to do was get back in the gym and train even though he knew he couldn’t. Moreover, when he was fully recovered and ready to go he trained hard and felt the fittest he’s ever been. He told me that sometimes a little break is good for you. Listening to his stories, I felt like I could relate to him because of the injuries that I have suffered through soccer. Which is one of the many reasons why I’m very excited to begin working with Joel. In addition to this, I can already tell that Joel has a good and wide sense of wisdom that I’m intrigued by. Considering I have only seen him once I can’t fully portray his wisdom in words yet. However, I know there is lots to come in the upcoming future. Moreover, I think that Joel has really opened my eyes to the world in front me. Now although we are still taking about boxing, there are many behind the scene moments that take place that relate a lot to life and the world we live in. For example, when you lose a round, a fire builds inside of you and you want to win it back (prove to yourself you can do it). This type of situation happens a lot in our daily lives such as, when you receive a grade that you’re not necessarily happy with, you owe to yourself to get it back. In addition, I think that Joel has taught me a lot already and like I said before I can’t wait to spend the next 5 months with him. Some of the things that I have learned from him already are to always work hard and never be satisfied because there is always room for improvement. In regards to me being a mentor, I have learned to really connect with the student and try to relate because it makes the whole process of teaching and mentoring the student that much easier and more enjoyable. To conclude, the next five months are about to begin and I am itching with excitement for my end result.
See you all at the end of long road ahead!