When I started Muay Thai Blog, I always had a dream of being able to travel the country/the world visit gyms, get to train and learn from the best fighters/coaches in the world and share that with everyone who may be interested in watching it.
I got a taste of what it would actually taste like to accomplish this. I went from home (Sunderland) to Banbury and then on to Telford the day after to do some filming with some fighters and create promotional content for their gyms so they can share it on their social too.
It was great to get out and meet people. It’s one thing saying “oh yeah, Jack Kennedy, got him on Facebook,” when, if given the opportunity to help share a little of their story and what they are up to all while giving them something they can use themselves and benefit from then it is a win win (win because the fans and audiences win too ;)).
I dropped the video from the visit to Rob Allen’s place, Red Diamond Academy in Banbury this morning. It was him, me and Dean James in this little hut in the middle of a field
It was great to get to see Rob working with clients in personal training sessions, to hitting pads with Dean and then teaching kids and adults later in the evening. All while on fight week and cutting the weight too. The feedback from the video has been very positive, I’m looking forward to delivering the promo video for his gym too!
From Banbury, we went on to Telford where we visited Steve Broome, Dani Fall and the crew at Reaper Thai Boxing. I was speaking to someone about this the other day and it’s awesome how you can walk into pretty much any gym in the country and never be short of anything to talk about because you have that common interest in something.
It’s such a great feeling. As much as I capture small fractions and snippets of the time spent there on camera, there are so many moments and that happen off camera that will be remembered and become memories rather than a
I got an interview with Dani and also captured bucket loads of content for a video that Reaper can use too. We mentioned about using it on the cover video on their Facebook page because they didn’t really have the need to run an ad or ‘advertise’ the gym because they were satisfied with the way the gym was running. That being said, there’s always the need for a good quality video to plaster everywhere, eh!! haha.
In all seriousness though, I had an absolute blast, Dani was great to chat with and get to know, it was great to chat and catch up with Steve, who is also on a little weight loss journey himself and loving life! I found out some great things and facts that you would just never be able to get from a text-based conversation in the Insta DM or Messenger inbox, you know.
Don’t get me wrong, social has its place in being able to connect with everyone and build community with them but actually meeting them, training with them, laughing and all the other things you’d do.
I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity and I am looking forward to getting out there and meeting more gym owners and stables of fighters and building more fond memories and making more friends. Because for me, that’s what it is all about.
Giving fighters a platform to share a little about them and their love for Muay Thai and just making really great memories that we all will be able to look back on in 50 years and say that we had a great time!
So who is up for booking a visit from a crazy Yorkshireman, getting a video made for your gym/service/product/upcoming fight? Then we can have some fun, go grab a coffee, go-karting, paintballing, whatever, film it, document it and share it with everyone. Drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can hook it up… or Facebook or Insta to be honest is a good shout too.
I hope you liked the video of Rob, there
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