No time like the present

This week has been a good week. I’ve finished the week at my fighting weight of 61.3 kg which is always a nice bonus when you’ve got about a month to go until your fighting. I’ve noticed some of my techniques are a lot sharper and I’m becoming increasingly pleased with my long knees. I was a little worried about my hands but even they seem to be getting sharper every session so that’s always a good thing, and I know they’ll serve me well when I’m boxing next month. I’ve spent the last four days running as well as training and I’m beginning to feel like my fitness is heading in the right direction too.

I always finish my week of training off with a Saturday morning ‘open’ gym session so I can use the bags, find someone to do pads with or even spar if there’s anyone who wants to. This week was a little quieter than usual so I spent an hour to myself just working combinations, practising my left kick  and doing sets of knees and teeps on the bags. I’m beginning to enjoy the time to work on what I want to work on a lot more. I see the best results when I switch off the little voice of over analysis that seems to crop up from time to time when I’m training.

DCF 1.0
DCF 1.0

Sparring this week has been good, there’s been a good bit of pressure and also some nice relaxed technical sparring too. I’m becoming more and more of a believer than you learn a lot more from keeping it on a level rather than trying to destroy the person in front of you. One of my trainers made a good point this week that sparring with guys or girls that have just started can be very tough as they are more inclined to throw everything bar the kitchen sink at you, rather than someone who has been training for a while and knows how to find their shots etc.

I guess it keeps you on your toes. Some fights can be like that. I’ve seen it happen time and time again and had it happen to me before too. I think at that point if your thinking too much about what you want to do next your more inclined to do nothing, and again if your worrying about what may happen then it’s more than likely that all will be lost. I guess that’s why we spend so much time drilling techniques. When something is second nature and just happens without having to think about it.. well I guess that’s always a good thing.

I’ve talked before about mindfulness and how I wanted to learn how to use that in training and fighting. I realized a couple of days ago that when I fight I am always ‘in the now’ or in the moment. The negative voice that crops up from time to time in training takes a back seat and I develop what I can only describe as a tunnel vision mentality. I can hear my corner (although not all the time) but everyone else seems far away.

All that I focus on is what I’m going to do next and I guess I  know that I’ll handle whatever is thrown at me. I think some of that is down to how I fight because I’m very much on the attack the whole time. That’s not always a good thing but it seems to work for me.  It’s funny because what I’ve been wanting to develop as fighter seems to be happening the more I fight anyway.

I can see the benefits of being able to detach yourself from negative thoughts to deal with pre fight nerves too, but even those don’t seem to be as much of a problem as they used to be. In my last fight when I was in the changing rooms waiting for my name to be called after a warm up and shadow box, I watched some other fighters working combinations on some pads themselves and it put things to one side. I just focused on what was happening at that moment rather than what was possibly going to happen in the next fifteen and it helped. Of course I was focusing on the fight too but I did my best to keep myself present.

When my name was called the first thing I said to Mark from my gym was ‘let’s go get him.’ and as I walked nearer the ring and climbed through the ropes I thought one thing. ‘Here I am.’ and I won. That’s not to say I wasn’t nervous because after all I’m only human and of course I’ve got a lot to learn. So I know that the next few months of fighting is going to give me not just some positive results (hopefully ) but a wealth of experience too. Every time I step through those ropes I learn a little more about myself and I walk away a little bigger too. I think that’s always going to be a given. Have a good week, train hard and chok dee for all your fights. I’ll see you on the road.

“Whether inside or outside of the ring, if you eliminate thought and analysis from the equation and simply let action and instinct be your driving force, you will surprise yourself with your true capabilities..”

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