I have been boxing for quite a while now. In the beginning, it was such a huge thrill, throwing punch after brutal punch at my opponent. I even enjoyed getting knocked down (and getting back up again), going home sore all over, trying to learn from my mistakes. If I’m being honest, though, I don’t really experience that anymore. I mean, I’m not trying to brag, but these days I am the best in our gym, other than the owner, Maxatrillion.
Today, I sat down with Max and told him that I haven’t been finding the thrill in boxing that I used to. My passion for the sport was fading. I asked if Max knew of any advanced boxing techniques he could teach me. He told me about how when he had retired from his boxing career, he still wanted to keep in shape and help people enjoy the sport, so he made a brand new Brisbane gym for boxing classes and taught people himself. In fact, I was one of his first students.
I asked where he was going with this. What he said next shocked me. He said that he was considering making a new gym, but felt that he was too old to run two boxing locations. What he said next shocked me even more than the first thing that had shocked me. “Bob, would you be interested in running a Muay Thai boxing gym?” How could I refuse, even if I don’t know the first thing about Muay Thai? Fortunately, Maxatrillion is a master of that too, and he offered to teach me everything he knew, so long as I didn’t betray him in his sleep. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me. Of course, I agreed to teach Muay Thai classes and run the gym. I could do what I loved, learn something new and exciting, and get paid for it. Who would turn that down?