Thx, Salvation Army!

Jesse says he saw it first.

Which would make sense, since he’s probably tired of getting beat up. Ever since I got my awesome pink gloves, whenever I get froggy, (and because he decided NOT to get the matching catch mitts) I get to throw 'combos' at his palms. He doesn't like it much, cause I tend to stare at his face instead of his palms, and we both agree it's an accident waiting to happen.

I’ve been looking on Craigslist and haven’t found anything this awesome. It’s brand new, in a box, and I’m pretty skeptical, but Jesse seems to think all parts are there. To be fair, the stuff didn’t look like it had been taken out. Everything was folded, manual, etc, factory style. UPS shipping label from 07. Someone must have had this sit in their garage for a looong time before deciding it’s not for them. May be they just could never find an awesome pair of pink gloves. Who knows. I had Jesse drag it home and start the set up.

UPDATE: ALL parts are there, the bag is sturdy and all types of brand new. $16.75!!! And now, I can use an enourmous piece of purple fabric I had picked up at a garage sale for no reason at all - to sew a cover for the bag! (It is housed on the back porch, and we get lots of dust that comes with living really close to the airport) I'm thinking, may be even applique flowers. And something menacing written in glitter glue.

This and a Gap silk pink/purple reversible halter top for 2.99 –half off. To go with Gap silk skirt of last week??! Win. I have a serious crush on the Harbor St Salvation Army.

Also seen but vetoed: a pair of sconces. I proposed I fill the glass cones with pebbles and seashells. May be a seahorse, when one comes available, and a candle? No dice. To be fair, we *are* running out of wall space.

Now that I have something other than Jesse to beat up, I figured it's about time I study up on this boxing business. I googled and came up with www.muscleandstrength.com where a helpful chap called Buck091 had written the following:

There are many different types of stances and all are tailor made to suit each boxer but a boxer can only figure out what stance suits him best by the old tried and tested method of trial and error. But for the sake of this thread the basic Stance is as follows:
Legs shoulder-width apart and the rear foot a half-step behind the lead foot. Right-handed or orthodox boxers lead with the left foot and fist. Both feet are pointed slightly inward, and the right heel is off the ground. The lead fist is held vertically about six inches in front of the face at eye level. The rear fist is held beside the chin and the elbow tucked against the ribcage to protect the body. The chin is tucked into the chest to avoid punches to the jaw


jab A quick, straight punch thrown with the lead hand from the guard position, thrown via a small rotation of the torso and hips as the fist rotates 90 degrees becoming horizontal on impact. This punch is the first punch you will ever learn and by far the most important as it can be used for many different situations and needs such as a lead punch for a powerful combo or simpily as a range finder.

Cross/Back Hand
Considered the main power punch, thrown as a straight punch with the back hand from your gaurd in a straight line. The rear shoulder is thrust forward and finishes just touching the outside of the chin. At the same time, the lead hand is retracted and tucked against the face to protect the inside of the chin. For additional power, the torso and hips are rotated counter-clockwise as the cross is thrown. Weight is also transferred from the rear foot to the lead foot. the cross is usually the punch that follows a job in the classic one-two combo

A looping punch thrown with either hand to the side of an oppenents head. from the guard position, the elbow is drawn back with a horizontal fist (knuckles pointing forward) and the elbow bent. The rear hand is tucked firmly against the jaw to protect the chin. The torso and hips are rotated clockwise, propelling the fist through a tight, clockwise arc across the front of the body and connecting with the target

A vertical, rising punch thrown mainly with the rear hand. Uppercuts require a loading move back to get good power so its best if they follow a shot like a hook. revious shot loads the waist (cocking back), rotate from the waist, fist should come up right under the jaw can be slid up an oppenents chest, palm facing back to them on fist hitting chin and don’t let the shot makeyouself too open, need to stay hunched over as the arm flies up.

It's gonna be epic. This, and the Core Class I am attending tonight at 24Hour, going into Week2 of class terribleness.


  1. I don't know what I like more...the sheer awesomeness of the find, the fact that he lets you swing blindly at him, or the fact that there is soon-to-be a purple, appliqued punching bag! I hope you post pics!!