"Boxing is a sport. But it is more than that," writes AJC dining editor Ligaya Figueras, who took up boxing for training last year. "It is a dance. It is exertion, mental and physical. It is total focus. It is asking your whole self to do things you did not know you could ask of it. It is responding with instincts that you did not know you had. It is convincing yourself that you can survive, even though you want to quit." Photos by Tyson A. Horne.