Final training last night…tomorrow at 6.30am I’m off to the U.S.A. for five weeks of touring madness!! I’ll count myself lucky if I manage to get back to 82kg after I’m a week back and get rid of the intial alcojunk bloat. THIS IS GONNA BE WAR!!!
WOAH. Fucking class fight (highlights only)!! Kid’s only 17 - what a bruiser! Yodwicha actually fucking pisses Saenchai off in the fifth round - never seen that before - legend!! Saenchai’s clinch is indomitable but I love what the young lad’s doing with his elbows to counter it…and that hop-check technique is mental!
This is fucking insanely awesome, in all fairness.
…but how would they do in a real fight? While they’re winking at me I’d be destroying their lovely sculpted thighs with crushing shin strikes. Sorry lads.
Oh fuck…didn’t drink me protein last night after training as it was a relatively light session…mainly technique…today I’m aaaaching like a motherfucker. Lesson learned!!
This fuckin legend from Crumlin (near where I grew up) is on a nine fight winning streak has been making a big splash in the UFC lately after getting knock-out of the night in Sweden there last month. He’s fighting in Boston later this year - prepare for his profile to go NUCLEAR.
Funnily enough, I watched this mini-documentary half an hour after that “More Than Fighting” post I did last night…he says exactly the opposite in this! :P
I came to a great realisation today. Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA, Boxing…it’s not fighting. I’ve been approaching it like I have every other fight in my life. From school through adulthood, fighting has meant one thing: winning by whatever means necessary.
That’s not good enough anymore. Soon enough I’ll come up against an opponent I can’t beat through force. It’s going to take strategy and superior tactics. Combat sports are not fighting the way most people understand fighting…it has little-to-nothing in common with street fighting, self defense or anything else involving true violence. It’s a sport.
The same as any game of logic and skill, it requires finding the gaps and exploiting them. Brute force and luck will take you so far, but now I need to evolve. Form, composure, technique. I’m not fighting again until I’ve mastered myself and separated my association of fighting and violence from each other.
This is a game. A game which involves predatory domination of an opponent’s weakness, but that’s no different to chess. The real challenge is to master one’s own adrenaline and sense of instinct.
That…and to look pretty while kicking ass!