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Nelson Mandela on Boxing
Who the knew that the legendary activist, politician, and former president of South Africa trained to box?
Here's an excerpt from his book, Long Walk to Freedom:
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.
Boxing is egalitarian. In the ring, rank, age, color, and wealth are irrelevant . . . I never did any real fighting after I entered politics. My main interest was in training; I found the rigorous exercise to be an excellent outlet for tension and stress. After a strenuous workout, I felt both mentally and physically lighter. It was a way of losing myself in something that was not the struggle. After an evening's workout I would wake up the next morning feeling strong and refreshed, ready to take up the fight again. (Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, page 193.)
Happy 94th birthday, champ!
Last edited by Nagabilly; 08-07-2012 at 02:42 AM. Reason: kurang lengkap
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