The beginning of any journey is always the hardest. It usually means, making lots of mistakes, learning from them, bettering processes and working with what you have to move closer to the end goal or goals.
When I began training, never in a million years did I ever think I would step in the ring. I hate fighting (outside of the gym). As time passed and I spoke to all these fighters, from grassroots entry level, right through to elite level champions, curiosity got the better of me and I caved.
The beginning of Fat Lad was hard man. I struggled doing pretty much anything in the way of fitness due to my weight and lack of activity. The foundations of Muay Thai were there because I had trained for a little while but I was no where near being fighting fit.
From April to December, I spent that time working hard both in and out of the gym to prepare for what was coming. Battle. War. My first Muay Thai fight. I’ll never forget this moment… I was just about to walk to the ring and Craig turned and said to me, “you can stop thinking you’re trying to be a Muay Thai fighter now, you are one!”
That filled me with a sense of confidence and I was ready. As much as it is a lonely endeavour, venturing into the ring, you have a sense of togetherness with your team mates and fans who are there supporting. As a fighter, you’re there for the spectators entertainment. As a fighter, you’re there to lay your body on the line against another human to see who will be made victor.
Battling it out, lungs burning, shins battered and bruised. You’re struggling to find the motivation to carry on until your peripherals let in enough of the crowd cheering and your corner shouting an instruction and the fire in your belly ignites. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
I have now had two fights and I am now in camp training for my third. I have won one and lost one fight. The results don’t particularly bother me (as much as I am going to love winning again), it is just about getting in there and putting myself to the test.
Giving myself a reason to maintain a (kinda) healthy weight and level of fitness. We have to take the chances that we are given in this life, no matter the naysayers or trolls, become tunnel vision on your goals and go for it like no other.
If I can go from 97kg down to 72.5kg then anything is possible because I LOVE sugary foods, pizzas and cookie dough. But having a focus and means to keep motivated to prep the meals and get into training keeps me on track. The first time you do something is always the hardest. Driving a car, editing a video, pulling a pint, fitting a
Stepping out of your comfort zone to grow and learn is noble and should be treated with the utmost importance. If you want to do something, whatever it may be, you can’t let you or others stop it from happening. We have a finite amount of time. Our time is limited. Make the most of it. Navigate this world with a purpose.