Front kick-punch-punch, roundhouse-punch-punch, punch-punch-hook, back leg high roundhouse, punch-punch-hook-uppercut, back leg roundhouse. Raspy breath ... sweat in my eye blurs vision ... “Four!,” Rick yells. Oh man I have so many more of these ... focus ... focus ... Try to control breathing ... “Retract those kicks!,” yells Grand Master Ishmael Robles from the other side of the room.

I grunt what I hope sounds like an acknowledgement. The voice in my head says, “Remember the order of the combination... chamber the kicks... rotate your body with the punches.... don’t let your movements fall apart because your lungs burn, you feel dizzy and are losing focus.” “Five, keep it up!,” Rick yells.

Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The views in this column are Davis’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Beach Patrol, Galveston Park Board of Trustees or any other entity.

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