Blog Posts - Lafollette Park



Seward Slugging and the LaFollette Rumor Mill

Two people from Loyola Park fought at Seward Park's boxing show last week, and I was in both of their corners.  Solomon attends Barry's class, and my primary function was to use his cell phone to record his fight.  Solomon won his bout. &nb...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Aug 7, 2016

Rained Out Punches

James is also in the summer day camp at the field house.  I saw him in the hall and greeted him.  The camp coordinator asked if he was in my boxing class, and I affirmed that he was.  "That boy is about to get put out of camp," she sai...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 7, 2016

Training, Tournaments and Painting

Rojan watches a sparring match at Loyola Park in the photo above.No kids or adults showed up to LaFollette gym, as I have come to expect on the weekend.  But Janae and Terrance were there for the teens' class.  I didn't suggest that any spa...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Mar 5, 2016

Winter's New Challenges

Don't get me wrong.  I like Michael, one of the new kids in the gym.  He signed up early, and I allowed him to start training during the break period between the fall and winter sessions.  But does that boy love to run his mouth.  ...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jan 6, 2016

Another Red Eye

Alan and Tony are all smiles in the above photo.  It was taken after Tony had sparred with Connor.  Alan joked with Tony about going into the ring with me.  Tony laughed, "Oh, no!  I don't want to end up bleeding!"Normally, Loyola...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Oct 27, 2015

Sniffling and Not Breathing

Kishaun (on the left) does a sparring drill with his cousin Derrick Jr., or has Kishaun puts it, "shadow sparring".  Hopefully, both boys will get fights at Loyola Park's boxing show later this week.While I was at Loyola Park, I got some pad wor...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Sep 15, 2015

Blood On My Work Shirt

Yesterday was the boxing show at Ogden Park.  Initially, I was concerned about having my fighters come there because it is far from LaFollette Park.  Kenny, the coach at Ogden, wanted a rematch of one of his girls with Ashley.  Yet Ash...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Aug 21, 2015

Locked Doors and Missed Sparring

I was tired Monday night, but I went up to Loyola Park anyway.  Usually that is the only time of the week where I actually get some real exercise in.  I begged off sparring with Kelly, however.  My knees took a pounding from walking ex...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Aug 12, 2015

Boxing To Make A Bad Day End Well

This is a shot of Alan and Anna between rounds.  Anna was sparring with Erica, who is a Golden Gloves winner.My day started off with yet another visit to probate court to settle my dad's estate.  This time, my oldest half-sister, who has be...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Jul 14, 2015

Making The Gym Uncomfortable

Shah and Dani had just walked into the gym when Ken waltzed in with two kids smaller than he.  I put Ken and his pals out.  None of them are signed up for the boxing program.  Later, some girl followed the older boys in the gym.  ...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Apr 15, 2015

Sparring Time at Loyola Park

I decided to visit Loyola Park, and it was packed with new people.  The only old faces there were John, Jesus, Jason, and Genience.  I didn't get to hit any of the equipment, but I got a lot of shadow boxing in.Alan asked me if I wanted to...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Apr 13, 2015

Needing Help, But Having To Follow Rules

The above photo is of the gym routine I have written on the bulletin board.  Despite the fact that the routine is up, I still get asked, "What do we do next?"  Self-motivation is not is big supply at the gym.  I'm at a loss as to what...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Apr 11, 2015

Where Is My Star?

DS, Ky, and KB decided to show up to the gym after being missing for a few weeks.  DS kept wanting to spar, but DS had a cracked thumb due to a basketball injury.  "I'm not going to let you spar with your thumb like that," I told DS.  ...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Apr 10, 2015

That Time Of The Month

I was very sick yesterday, but I hobbled to work anyway.  My right shoulder, my left hip, my lower back, and both of my knees were hurting.  On top of that I had caught another cold, the second in a couple of weeks.  Luckily, the class...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Apr 5, 2015

The All Girl Gym

There's a side door right up a short flight up steps from the gym.  I'm assuming that's how a guy got into the field house and wandered into the gym the other day.  Shah and Dani were in the middle of their warm up when they saw the guy go...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Apr 3, 2015

Structure In The Gym

Shah and Dani came in on Saturday, and I was glad to see them.  I sure wish I had more kids like them in the gym.  They have been showing up mostly every day, they follow the gym routine, and their parents are interested in them participati...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Mar 29, 2015

A Solved Mystery

The other day, I arrived at the gym to find the only new equipment that was left was the pieces of the new ring that will be installed.  The other equipment -- gloves, mouth pieces, etc. -- was gone.  I assumed that Tommy had taken it on to...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Mar 26, 2015

Sunday South Side Sparring

My day started very early with the long ride out to LaFollette Park on the far west side to pick up Marine.  However, I steeled myself for something going wrong, and it did.  Marine had over a week to ask his parents could he go to a sparri...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Mar 22, 2015

Saturday With Nay-Nay

The first full day of spring acted like winter, which is the usual in Chicago.  I expected another slow Saturday filled with no shows. The 12 years and under class went empty.  But Nay-Nay showed up for the teen class.She was impressed with...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Mar 22, 2015

Laying Down The Law and Calling The Law

Tough and Talky showed up late as usual to the gym.  Marine had already done half of the workout, and then he and I worked with the punch mitts.  I used the new punch mitts that I had ordered. Luckily, I went through the boxes of new equipm...
by Boxing Mid-Life on Mar 19, 2015


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