Posts tagged #boxing

Boxing, Healing, Faith

(edited, originally posted by Arcaro Boxing)

When I think of the healing process, I think of training. Both are challenging, painful and uncomfortable. Both lead you to new understandings about yourself. Both transform you and take you places you never thought you would go and both put you back on your feet with renewed vigor.

Both healing and training are unbearable if all you can think about is making things different or if you focus on the outcome only. Healing and training require faith and belief in the process. It doesn’t matter what you have faith or belief in… it is the practice of believing, of having faith… the practice of sticking to what you know, even when doubt or fear want to put you on the mat!

Healing and training are most beneficial when you can fully embrace the process and are aware of everything that comes up. When you are scared, it’s best to acknowledge your fear and give it a second to have a voice, then you must go back to your belief and training. When you doubt you can do it or have the outcome you want, it is best to acknowledge that feeling, let it be spoken out loud and then go back to your original belief and knowing.

Champions aren’t the ones who never get tired, never have fear, never feel inept, never have doubt. Champions are the ones who know they are tired, weak, scared, inept and have doubt. Champions know when they should rest and when they need to push because they have allowed themselves to have a voice for everything they go through.

Healing is uncomfortable, but the process is powerful and especially when we all collectively go through it as aware as possible. Healing is a community effort and connects us all in unknown ways.

Posted on June 25, 2015 .


Confidence - we all possess it, lose it and constantly search for how to keep it.

I would not know my confidence if I didn’t know my lack of it. Sometimes, I learn more about what I am made of and how I can evolve when I experience bouts of no confidence.

I label confidence as a skill. It has to be developed, nurtured and grown over and over again. In some situations I have confidence in myself, no matter the terrain, in other situations my confidence is as fleeting as the sun in the winter in Seattle. I am more confident in the presence of some and less when around others. Confidence is a skill to be refined and experienced in all its forms. It can get stronger like a muscle. It can lack flexibility or it can gain range.

Posted on November 17, 2014 .

Best of Arcaro Boxing (Summer, 2014)

We launched Fuel for the Machine June, 2014. We've decided it would be a good time to put out a small collection of thoughtful snippets of blog posts from our favorite Seattle gym owner, Tricia Arcaro Turton from Arcaro Gym. Enjoy.


Vulnerability is true strength. Boxing has unearthed this knowledge in me. Boxing has allowed vulnerability to have a voice and be a powerful presence in my life. Boxing has taught me more about the weaknesses I possess and how they can be used powerfully and how acknowledging them allows me to develop more strength.

Boxing and Vulnerability  June 9, 2014


Repetition is key to training. While it’s true that we aren’t here to have the same dull experience over and over, it is also true that repeating the same thing over and over again gives us information...

We often practice and repeat patterns we are completely unaware of and it usually takes discomfort, conflict or some outside source to enlighten us. This is one of the many reasons I love boxing.

Repetition  June 13, 2014


Recently I watched the movie Klitschko and... (uncorked) is how Vitali Klitschko began fighting early in his career. He was easy to hit because of this style. I keep playing the footage of reckless Vitali over and over and seeing how the openings are so obvious. How if he switched things up, he would get what he wanted with less damage. (the light bulb finally goes on)

After Vitali started working with Emanuel Steward he learned the art of patience and how to use his height and reach to decrease the amount of openings he provided opponents.

...when you think you will never get what you want - take a step back and remember to change focus.

Focus  June 24, 2014


Boxing fitness pushes you to entirely different levels. You have to fully concentrate to deliver a punch while moving. You have to engage your entire body to deliver an effective punch on a stationary heavy bag and often times by the end of a round, you will feel like the heavy bag won without ever throwing a punch back at you.

Boxing teaches you about standing your ground, knowing when to give, how to change your perspective and what it means to push yourself to your furthest limit.

So, You Think Boxing is Barbaric?  July 3, 2014


When you step in the ring, adrenaline rises as does everything from your sub-conscious. Recently I’ve been calling this The Haunting. It surges through your veins with every bit of footwork, with every punch delivered and taken. It takes over your thoughts and interrupts your instinct. The Haunting usurps your focus and keeps you from the task right in front of you.

The most successful boxers learn how to address the sub-conscious in training so that when the fight comes, the Haunting doesn’t take over. 

Hauntings  July 17, 2014


Boxing is all about relaxed strength and engagement. It’s about being aware and alert when out of hitting distance (repose) and being calm when in the pocket (still in the midst of activity). It’s also about how you travel from repose to activity. As boxers, we call this crossing the gap. Crossing the gap must be mastered before one can even entertain hanging out in the pocket.

Repose and Activity  July 28, 2014


When folks say boxing is dying, I couldn’t disagree more. I’m seeing a desire for more and more longevity in learning. People in our culture are hungry to slow down at least for an hour a day to pay attention to themselves and their personal growth. That doesn’t always translate to competition, but that’s ok because what it means is that more and more folks are open to what boxers have to do. It means that there are a few more people that understand boxing is more than slugging it out with another. It’s a few more folks that will support our dedicated competitors.

Boxing is so universal. It applies to business, personal conflicts, traumas, celebrations and everything in between.

Arcaro on Boxing  August 25, 2014

Posted on September 11, 2014 .

Arcaro on Boxing

Recently I’ve been working with athletes from other sports. It dawned on me as I was doing a training session, you can go to a few practices and then jump right into competition. Boxing is very different. It could be anywhere from 6 months to 1 year before you are ready to enter the competition ring. It’s no wonder in our current society that boxing isn’t necessarily a sport that a lot gravitate to for competition. Most of us want instant success and instant experiences. Boxing is not that type of sport.

Many people stop by the gym and have the hunger to box initially, but only a few have the grit and determination it takes to stay interested when the setbacks pile up. That’s actually why I like it so much. I’m ok with the transitions and turnovers, because when you get the 3% that you can count on for their commitment and fire, you know you are blessed and sure to experience a ton of growth.

Posted on August 25, 2014 and filed under Fight Philosophy.

Remembering Sparring in the Beginning

When I first started sparring, I think I cried darn near every time I sparred for about my first month and intermittently for my first year. I’d be in the ring, getting in my sparring rounds and right after, damned if the tears didn’t start coming. I’d toss off my headgear, run for my gym bag and blaze the hell out of the gym trying not to be seen. I felt humiliated, as if crying only happened to me and that I was some sort of baby in the eyes of others. A weakling.

The worst part was that I didn’t even know why the tears would come. As I was headed home I couldn’t even determine what brought on the tears. Sometimes nothing monumental would happen. I didn’t even have to take a big punch and the tears would overcome me like a bad dream.

Posted on August 11, 2014 and filed under Fight Philosophy.