Muay Thai Obsession

My unwitting indoctrination into the greatest
fighting art on Earth.
Sunday morn run in Oaxaca City! Glorious…but the elevation was murderous.

Sunday morn run in Oaxaca City! Glorious…but the elevation was murderous.

IT’S SNOWING

Fuck I feel so good after training yesterday! Couldn’t sleep for ages but still woke up feeling amazing. Training is my cocaine.

My Life Now

My fitness is the worst it’s been in years, my cardio and conditioning are plummeting and my technique is going downhill. I’m trying but it’s difficult.

It’s hard, traveling the way I have been for the past month & a half. It’s partly for work and partly for fun. I’ve not been in one place longer than five days, which makes it really difficult to train. I’ve gotten in, on average, one training session and one decent run or tough hike per week. It’s not enough. It makes me realise some things even more keenly.

Five years ago I would have vomited at the thought of a life of order, regularity and structure. I thrived on chaos. The word “discipline” would make me see red. Yet now, traveling like this, being away…it makes me realise exactly how much I’ve changed.

Th biggest adventure - and I’ve had some fucking insane ones - is overcoming myself. I can’t wait to get to Ireland a month from now. I’ll be building back up to intense fitness and conditioning in order to prepare for my first trip to Bangkok in September. And then when I get back to Melbourne, it’s time to push harder than ever.

There’ll come a time later in life when I’m too old to fight. At that stage I’ll travel, smoke weed, and take it easy…I’ll drink and be merry. But until then there’s things that need doing.

Training at Kai Muay Baan Singto in Guadalajara, Mexico. Still turning into a fat fucker day by day though. Mexican Tacos > Mexican Muay Thai!

Training at Kai Muay Baan Singto in Guadalajara, Mexico. Still turning into a fat fucker day by day though. Mexican Tacos > Mexican Muay Thai!

Enfusion 5 

Deadly!! Ferial who I trained with in Ireland is gonna be on this…”Victory of the Vixen”, for fuck sake! I understand that sex sells and everything but it’s always disappointing to see this approach to women fighting. Looks like a good show though!

Ramon Dekkers vs Coban Lookchaomaesaitong 1, 2 & 3

Perhaps THE most exciting Muay Thai rivalry of all time. Two wins each…two KOs each…two decisions each.

The first two fights are lightning fast vicious KOs. Then come the wars of attrition. Such an amazing series…today’s my last day training with Coban before I continue on to Mexico!

Ramon Dekkers vs Coban Lookchaomaesaitong 4

…and their final meeting.

Team Coban Muay Thai NYC

Enjoying the privilege to train with two time Lumpinee and five time world champion Coban in New York City for a week.

Walking into a gym for the first time nearly always has some sense of menace about it. Whether it’s a suspicious air, macho trainers or students, or just people checking you out and sizing you up…I always find it somewhat intimidating. This, however, was pretty much the nicest introduction to any place I’ve been, even compared to friends’ gyms. At every step they endeavor to make it easy.

The classes have been good, the trainers knowledgable and friendly, the owner really nice. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

One world!

A bunch of fighters from Body Arts are on this including my mate Charlie…really wanna go but I also wanna see a gig in Pittsburgh tomorrow night. Decisions!