Life as an Axe Coach
Updated: May 11
My name is Adrian, I am 22 years old and I am the head coach at Axeplosion Axe Throwing Lounge in Lombard, IL. Recently I was tasked with creating a blog to show the life as an Axe throwing instructor in the axe throwing lifestyle.
Now there are many like me, but no one is the same. Now, this isn’t a blog about how to be a coach or how to learn to throw axes. This is simply just a look into the eyes of my daily life. Down to the interactions I have with customers, to the new rules that are presented by World Axe Throwing League, and to the simple day to day tasks I meet as a coach here at Axeplosion.
Now a little about myself, I was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Chicago shortly after. I lived my entire life in a small neighborhood called Little Village in the south side of Chicago. For those of you who may be familiar with the area, it isn’t the nicest part of Chicago. One thing is for certain, it does have the nicest people. Some of you may be wondering, “what does this have to do with axe throwing?”. Chill out I’m getting there.
I had always been interested in knives from a very young age. My parents never allowed me to have pocket knives or collectible knives but that never stopped me for throwing around knives at light posts in the alley when no one was around. Now growing up in Chicago, there aren’t very many trees or woodsy areas for someone to start throwing knives and usually when someone sees a kid throwing knives in the backyard people get kind of concerned and the police get involved shortly after.
I did this for a long time all throughout my life until one day I was presented with the idea of managing a business as an axe throwing instructor at the beginning of October 2018. Naturally, I jumped at the idea, but not because of the job I would have. More because I needed a job to begin with.
Thus, begins my career as an axe throwing instructor. Axe throwing was new to me. I never dared throw something as big as an axe in the alley of Chicago, but nevertheless, I practiced, within just a few short throws the told me it was time to start instructing.
I barely threw three axes before I had to coach my first couple who was just as new to this as I was but watching them practice and watching the axe hit that target, I picked up on a few things. By the time they got their first axe to stick I was just as excited as they were. That’s when it hit me.
A lot of people ask me how I got into axe throwing. My response is always that I have had an infatuation with knives and blades since a young age, but the truth? I got into axe throwing by watching and observing the smiles on people’s faces when they get that first axe to stick. That is what drives me to be a better coach and that why I got into axe throwing.
Welcome to my life through the eyes of axe throwing instructor. My name is Adrian, I am 22 years old, I am the head coach at Axeplosion Lombard, and I will be your instructor for today.
Stay tuned for next week.