Winning Debates vs Winning Events

Ross Enamait, a boxing coach on the east coast, has a wealth of knowledge to share on the subjects of fighting and conditioning. I have spoken with Ross via email a few times and I can say that he is also very generous with his time and helping others to better themselves in the world of combat sports.

An article he posted today about why he doesn’t engage in online debates is particularly interesting. This section sums up a big part of the theme:

“Unfortunately, winning an online popularity contest or argument pale in comparison to winning a real event. Speaking as a coach, I am not ashamed to admit that there is nothing better than winning and nothing worse than losing. Once you have tasted real victory, all that you want is to taste it again. Once you have tasted defeat, you will do anything to avoid tasting it again. And these simple truths are why you will almost never see any legitimate athlete or coach waste time arguing on the web. Doing so offers nothing in return. All that it does is take away time that could be otherwise spent improving yourself and your athletes.”

I encourage you to read the whole thing. I believe he’s right; arguing on internet forums or Facebook only takes away from real training. And, let’s face it, that’s what sets combat sports apart from other activities — a person’s skill or lack thereof must be confronted head on, in real time, in the real world. There is no hiding behind a keyboard. There is no Googling when a punch is coming at you. There is only the here and now.

Check out the post by Ross and spend some time tooling around on his site. He is a fantastic resource for training.