A raging bull in his own sitting room | Nikesh Shukla

04 February 2018 06:00
Learning to throw a punch feels good. But, wonders Nikesh, would it protect him in a street fight?A month after that incident on the train, where I worried about my inability to defend myself, having overheard some men threatening to beat me up because they didn’t like my sweatshirt, I decide to take up boxing.I’ve never been into boxing in any way other than enjoying a good sports movie. And self-defence doesn’t even enter my mind. Boxing, to me, seems like the perfect way to own your space. I’m bulky and I don’t want to shrink like I did in that moment on the train ever again. I want to have the confidence to stand up and walk down the corridor. I read a quote somewhere online, from Mandela: “I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it. I was intrigued by how one moved one’s body to protect oneself, how one used a strategy both to attack and retreat, how one paced oneself over a match.”My brother-in-law says: ‘Punch me.’ My wife looks on, bemused Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian