Training is back on the agenda!
Getting back training
Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on getting down to the gym a to get training little bit more. Since starting Muay Thai a lot in my life has changed, I have been married, I have had a child, moved house, started a new job. A lot has gone on in these crazy two years! I have always looked forward to two things in my week, coming home after a long day at work and going training.
Since my little lad was born in August of last year at Northern Kings, training has somewhat taken a back burner. My priorities have changed, understandably so. I am now working on getting down to the gym twice a week. I know its not the 5/6 times a week I was going previously but it is going to have to be quality over quantity. Don’t get me wrong, the training down at NK is always quality, but I mean, if i go down to an open session during the week if i have a day off, I will have to put some time and effort in to work on specific things Rather than going and aimlessly hitting the heavy bag.
When I was training consistently, I quickly saw a difference in my ability, it came on very quickly, I guess as it would in any aspect of life, if you practice, you get better. While I was running my other blog it took a back seat once I stopped training as that is what it was really, a documentation of my training journey. I now have a goal. By the end of the year I want to have a fight. I have set my self this target.
Possibility of fighting
I was in the gym last week and my coach and friend Craig asked me how old I was. I told him my age and he said to me that I need to get in the ring before it is too late. I don’t want to look back in twenty years time and think “Oh fuck, I wish I’d have put more effort into being able to fight” or “I wonder what it feels like to actually get in the ring.” I feel if I am going to be an effective writer about the sport, I need to experience it first hand.
So I have vowed to myself that I am going to have a fight before the end of 2016 beginning of 2017. Which means my diet has to change, I have got a meal plan from Craig that he gave me that he uses when he used to cut weight. He said that it won’t be pleasant but it will shift those kilos that I need gone. I missed training. I was back in on Saturday and we got 10 rounds of sparring in and what a buzz! There’s no feeling better than throwing it all down in the ring or on the matts and getting bloody! I was quite rusty at first but in the third round it was when I began to feel comfortable again.
I have been working on standing in south-paw quite a lot on my own shadow boxing and stuff. I think being able to effectively strike in both orthodox and south-paw is a good ability to have. One of the lads had asked me why I was standing in south-paw and I said that I have been working on it in my head and in shadow boxing and wanted to put it into practice. It began to work eventually, at first I must have looked stupid but it did start to gel together and look a bit more fluid as I was beginning to wrap my head around the different attacks I was wanting to use.
As I begin training a bit more I will be documenting it on here and I will also be documenting my journey through the weight loss too. I will say it now, I am around 95kg and looking to get down to between 75-79kg which would be an ideal fight weight for me given my height and stuff. So this is an introduction I guess to what will be and what the ‘Blog’ area of MTBUK will be used for among other things too.
I know this is a wordy post in comparison to others and in the blog it will probably be a few more like this rather than having a few words and a video or an interview or whatever. It will probably be me more babbling and talking about training and stuff. If you want to keep up to date you can subscribe to the blog by using the form at the bottom of the page or you can like, follow or subscribe to our various social media accounts to keep posted on what we are up to as well!