From gaming to boxing

Emil The Rabbit Alm FROM GAMING TO BOXING

How it all started

From gaming to boxing emil the rabbit alm

My mind was most of the time in whatever game I was playing

As a young kid I used to do a lot of different sports and activities like skateboarding, skiing, parkour, football etc.. When I was 10 years old I got introduced to the computer and then the internet and online games got me hooked. Even though I started gaming I still remained active in most of the activities I was doing, but I started to prioritize gaming more often as the time went on. Years passed by and gaming always took a piece of me, my mind was most of the time on whatever game I was playing and it consumed a huge amount of time and energy in my life.

Decided to quit for good

Suddenly, I was 24 years old and still letting it be a huge part of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I still had an awesome life where I was grateful for everything but gaming stole a big part of it, and because it did so I could never progress or excel in anything I was doing besides that.  I also had a hard time focusing on many of the things that happened in my life. So I finally decided to uninstall all my games to quit for good this time, yeah I did try a couple times before. But that same day, 5.1.2015, I quit and went straight to the gym.

Uninstalling all games changed my life

Started Muay Thai

After 2 months of not gaming and being able to focus more on my training and everything that comes with it, I was now in the best shape had ever been in. Then I started the Muay Thai beginners class, I knew I wanted to compete right from the start.

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At least I can still box

I kept going to Muay Thai classes and trained hard. In the beginning of April I had trained pretty much non-stop for 3 months and I got a bad inflammation in both my shins from shin splints. I had to rest for a couple weeks and when I came back it still hurt when I blocked kicks or threw kicks. Then I told my coach that I might not be able to kick or block kicks for a while but at least I can box, he said it was okay to box until my shin splints would be ok again, “we will try not to be kicking you in the sparring”.

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I loved boxing

After a few weeks of “just boxing” I began to enjoy it more and more. I tried to kick the bag every now and then to see how my shin splints felt, but they were far from okay at that point. Not that I wanted to go back to using kicks again, I just wanted to do boxing instead because I loved it. I just had one little problem, there was not a single boxing club in Aland Islands that I could compete through.

Setbacks

No boxing club

A year went by and I still had not found a boxing club I could compete through, I found a few in Sweden as well as in Finland that I could start in, I told them I was only able to go there once a month because I have a full time job and the commute was too far to do on a regular basis. They wanted me to be there minimum 2 times a week and that was not possible for me.

Kept training on my own

So I could not do much else other than to keep boxing on my own.  During that time I did watch a lot of YouTube boxing videos, much of it was from JT Van V. I also kept practicing with the Muay Thai class. I got good sparring there, it was a different style than boxing obviously, also the smallest guy there was 12kg heavier than me, the biggest guy was 45kg heavier than me and I was on 60kg, so you can do the math to see that there was a huge weight difference. They said I was tough to spar against because I was always up in their faces, I had pretty good stamina so I was able to maintain pressure. They also said that I was fast like a rabbit, which is how my nickname came to be “The Rabbit”.

Injuries

Unfortunately, throughout training I incurred a number of injuries.  Some small ones, but also a few big ones that setback my training and mental spirit. It was hard for me to keep on going back then.  I remember I wanted to quit so many times… but I kept telling myself “just go for one bout or else you will regret it for the rest of your life”.  Ever since I was a kid I wanted to compete in some kind of martial arts and my addiction to gaming stopped me from doing it before, was i really going to let these setbacks stop me now? Hell no.

Things took a turn

Pons” boxing club

I sent an email to Porvoon nyrkkeilyseura “Pons”, the boxing club is located in Porvoo (Finland), the place were I grew up and lived in for 19 years until I moved to Aland Islands.

The coach from Pons, Karre Anttonen replied and said he would gladly have me and it was totally fine if I go there only once a month for training and sparring. Since then we have been doing what we call “long distance coaching” where we exchange videos and chat at least a couple times per week.

A few weeks later i managed to impress my coach in the sparring and got accepted to the team, VIDEO HERE.

All in all

I finally found a boxing club to train and compete through. I pushed through the pain and the injuries, got great sparring with boxers in Finland and I have amazing coaching from Karre Anttonen who saw both my strengths and weaknesses.  Since he started coaching me I started to develop as a boxer much faster than I ever had before and he has helped me establish a better understanding of what I should focus on in training. 

Finally I went on my first bout, it was worth all the struggle

A total of around 19 months after I first started boxing, I finally got a date for my first bout (2.10.2016), and I won. The feeling was incredible, it was hands down worth all the struggle I had experienced along the way, not because I won but because it was a goal I had for so long, I persisted through the hard times and finally, I did it. And it won’t be my last bout.

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