TRAINING DAY…EVERY DAY

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Above left are two of my students. Photo on the right,  I am teaching my class at Tarzana Boxing.

I love to train on my own. Right now, I’m at Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, writing for one month and I have trained every day. Thirty years ago when I was in the depths of despair I started to run in Kensington Gardens, in London where I lived at that time. I was skin and bones and I could hardly run at all. In fact, I didn’t really enjoy it but I loved how I felt when I was done and I knew it was good for me and it would save me. It didn’t cost any money and all I needed was a pair of shoes. That started me on the road to overcoming darkness. Each day I set myself a goal and I pushed myself farther with each goal. I learned to stop focusing on hopelessness and start thinking about great possibilities. I always wanted to train in martial arts but my parents wouldn’t let me. So I had to wait until my daughter was born and I was thirty years old. From then on, I never stopped.

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Women’s Fight Club that I started at Tarzana Boxing

Find what gets you through, what inspires you to be your best, what teaches you discipline and self-respect. And practice it day by day. Even on the days you don’t feel like it, do it anyway. You will.attain a spirit of strength through adversity, a focus in your eyes, a way of walking, a way of interacting with people that expresses your inner values. Really, there is nothing quite as satisfying as making a choice to achieve your best and following that discipline every day.

Published by Karen Alaine Hunt

Karen Hunt aka KH Mezek is the author and/or illustrator of nineteen children’s books. She is the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth, and the founder of the MY WORLD PROJECT, connecting youth in remote areas through art and writing. She is a 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a first degree brown belt in Eskrima, and a boxing and kick-boxing trainer. As a child, her family escaped out of Egypt right before the 6 Day War, lived in a 17th century castle in Switzerland and smuggled Bibles into communist countries, to name a few of her adventures. As an adult, she continued her adventures, living between London and a village in Yugoslavia. She is the author of Key of Mystery and Book of Angels, volumes one and two in the NIGHT ANGELS CHRONICLES, are published with Evernight Teen.

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