Muay Thai Obsession

My unwitting indoctrination into the greatest
fighting art on Earth.

GLORY WORLD SERIES

After their meteoric rise and following Last Man Standing (aired in June and their most successful event to date), it looked like something was amiss with Glory. In the past couple of weeks they’ve had a slew of announcements, hiring a new CEO and unlocking their entire video archives for free on Youtube. Awesome news!

All this hints at a big announcement in the coming weeks. Can’t wait to see what Glory does next…they get it totally right at a time when the UFC is becoming ever more unsatisfactory for fight fans. Glory is all about the match-ups, and they have the aesthetic sense to go with it. The music, linked above, perfectly encapsulates the feeling of hope, privation, grit and glory which goes along with top level world class combat sports.

Long live Glory!

HEALTH

I’ve been a total fucking pig for th past 3 & a half months. Put on 15 kilos (!!!) and generally been eating and drinking like it’s the last days of Rome. This is the first green smoothie I’ve made since leaving Australia for this trip and it feels goooood. Time to get back into a healthy life…every ounce of fat needs to be sweated and starved back down to weight before my next fight comes up or else the pressure of cutting will make training even more murderous.

HEALTH

I’ve been a total fucking pig for th past 3 & a half months. Put on 15 kilos (!!!) and generally been eating and drinking like it’s the last days of Rome. This is the first green smoothie I’ve made since leaving Australia for this trip and it feels goooood. Time to get back into a healthy life…every ounce of fat needs to be sweated and starved back down to weight before my next fight comes up or else the pressure of cutting will make training even more murderous.

Awesome 20 minute documentary providing an insight into three of my favorite Thai boxers: Anuwat, Yodsanklai and Saenchai. All very different styles, all great to watch, and all cheeky buggers! Narrated by Rob Cox.

Part II - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BZC601B3kn4

THE GLORY OF CONSUMERISM! There is something undeniably sexual about brand new runners; Nike Flex 2014. Reminds me of when I first got a summer job and bought my first Nike basketball shoes. They were red and sexy.

My knees have been killing me since I started training hard again two weeks ago; last week I realized that I’d put in 1,000+ kms on my Nike Free 4.0s and they were probs worn out. Got these for a very decent price off Sports Direct.

Can’t wait to give them a hammering!

THE GLORY OF CONSUMERISM! There is something undeniably sexual about brand new runners; Nike Flex 2014. Reminds me of when I first got a summer job and bought my first Nike basketball shoes. They were red and sexy.

My knees have been killing me since I started training hard again two weeks ago; last week I realized that I’d put in 1,000+ kms on my Nike Free 4.0s and they were probs worn out. Got these for a very decent price off Sports Direct.

Can’t wait to give them a hammering!

I’ve been in Edinburgh for the last five days visiting my sister, who’s lived here with her boyfriend for quite a few years now. Coincidentally she lives less than a mile from a well-regarded Thai boxing gym - Hanuman Muay Thai, so I’ve been doing a bit of training there.

I shouldn’t be too surprised (this is Scotland, after all!) but it was probably the toughest intro I’ve had to a gym. Sort of like the bit from No Retreat No Surrender when the main dude goes to the new dojo for the first time! I went in, talked to the head coach for a minute, and got changed. We did some skipping, stretched a little bit and did some shadow - and then straight into sparring. It was a bit of a shock since the few sessions I did at Hammerhead in Dublin are the first sparring I’ve done in over three months, and although it was supposed to be technical it got pretty gnarly at times. It was full sparring, with knees and elbows, and there were only three of us there. Myself with 4 fights, another chap with no fights and the head trainer with 50+ fights! We took turns doing one minute rounds, one person out each time, and did clinching after. It was pretty full on due to my rustiness and current lack of conditioning. The most worth I got out of it was mentally readjusting to the reality of fight training, but in reality it was quite demoralising. The chap who was the trainer was friendly and had some good tips, but he was also showing off too much. You know how I mean - throwing from the clinch too hard, walking away without looking after dropping myself or the other chap, enjoying his dominance too much. Not very posi in my book. The next day was similar, except with more people, a longer warm-up and three rounds on the bag. By the end I was wrecked, as this time I was sparring and clinching with the trainer plus two of their fighters, both of whom were pushing hard.

The interesting thing though was although I was thrown right in at the deep end, I realized I’m no longer intimidated walking into a new gym. Despite these lads’ greater experience and better present condition than me, I could still hang with them in full sparring. Eat the fear!

I’ve been training this week at Hammerhead Muay Thai in Dublin’s North Strand. Really nice bunch of guys there, head trainer Dave is very friendly and has a nice style of instruction which is helpful and never overbearing. He knows his stuff and has a lot of good tips on tightening up various techniques. They seem quite a young gym, with most of the lads I was training with either just before or just after their first fight. Exciting time in a young fighter’s life!

They were good two-hour sessions each time. Skipping, warm-up & stretch, five rounds on pads, sparring, clinch and then some conditioning. A good work out and the kind of activity I need now in exercising my skills.

In Muay Thai as with everything, I tend to experience a lot of serendipity. I don’t really believe in coincidences; I think these things serve as hints as to what’s behind the veil, signposts as to whether we’re going in the right direction. Head trainer here Dave had trained primarily at Chai Yai and Lanna in Chiang Mai and at Eminent Air in Bangkok. Two places I’ve been and one I’m about to go to. Out of all the thousands of gyms in Thailand?! Mad!

I’ve been training this week at Hammerhead Muay Thai in Dublin’s North Strand. Really nice bunch of guys there, head trainer Dave is very friendly and has a nice style of instruction which is helpful and never overbearing. He knows his stuff and has a lot of good tips on tightening up various techniques. They seem quite a young gym, with most of the lads I was training with either just before or just after their first fight. Exciting time in a young fighter’s life!

They were good two-hour sessions each time. Skipping, warm-up & stretch, five rounds on pads, sparring, clinch and then some conditioning. A good work out and the kind of activity I need now in exercising my skills.

In Muay Thai as with everything, I tend to experience a lot of serendipity. I don’t really believe in coincidences; I think these things serve as hints as to what’s behind the veil, signposts as to whether we’re going in the right direction. Head trainer here Dave had trained primarily at Chai Yai and Lanna in Chiang Mai and at Eminent Air in Bangkok. Two places I’ve been and one I’m about to go to. Out of all the thousands of gyms in Thailand?! Mad!

PAIN!!

First week of five days training in a row since I left Australia three months ago - feels great, but hurts!

Monday - 12km run
Tuesday - Muay Thai
Wednesday - 5km run + boxing
Thursday - 8km run + Muay Thai
Friday - 8km run

It’s definitely working to push harder each time. Next week I’ll be looking to run + train every day. What’s going through my head is that every ounce of pain I feel now is an ounce less pain I’ll feel in Thailand…

GURN FOR POWER!!

Training with my old partner in crime Nikolaj at IK99 in Østerbro last night. It’s a boxing gym running since 1899, the current head trainer being an old Serbian guy who, interestingly, has a very similar approach to my own trainer…a young Serbian guy! 

Fuck man but it feels good to start pushing hard again!

GURN FOR POWER!!

Training with my old partner in crime Nikolaj at IK99 in Østerbro last night. It’s a boxing gym running since 1899, the current head trainer being an old Serbian guy who, interestingly, has a very similar approach to my own trainer…a young Serbian guy!

Fuck man but it feels good to start pushing hard again!

Fucking score!!! All the best songs from all the Rocky movies, I’ve used at least half of these on running playlists hahah!

Fucking score!!! All the best songs from all the Rocky movies, I’ve used at least half of these on running playlists hahah!