Perspectives pt 3

This is the blog that should of happened yesterday so apologies for the slight delay. Reflecting back on last week, it was as always a decent week of training. I’m still very much on that mission to improve myself as much as I can technique wise. Some days all goes well, some days I feel like I have to go back to the beginning. I guess it’s always good to work on the basics and strengthen  your foundation.

I’m enjoying the drills more than anything with training at the moment and I’m finding it’s really helping me focus on improving how I work in combinations. Adding to what I know already is the key, and I realized just the other day that I spend a lot of time avoiding techniques that I find difficult or that just need a bit of polish. Instead of getting despondent about  what I don’t do well I think now is as good a time as any to start to work on those areas and remind myself that ultimately, after all this time there is still no such thing as I can’t.

Looking forward for a moment at competing again next month, I’m hoping things begin to take a move as usual in the right direction and although it feels like I have a lot to work on at present  practice as they say makes perfect. I’ve never been a believer in natural talent. Even the best have to work from a place of resistance to get where they need to be.

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I’m still applying the same work ethic I have towards time in the gym to time in the ring, and I think I’m slowly developing into a ‘pressure fighter’ as some would say. I’m getting a little smarter, thinking more about what I do, and I’ve started to add in what I can when I can to sparring. Catching teeps and kicks is something that works for me and I want to get really good at it then add a counter to follow up. It’s getting there.

Friday’s clinch work was good and I even managed a sweep, Saturday I spent 95% of my time sucking on canvas. Life as they say is like that, but I’d rather learn the hard way in the gym than learn the hard way in the ring. Perseverance and grit is one thing when it comes to fighting but I’m hoping that towards the end of next month I’m going to have a little more in my proverbial armoury than I did before. Or at the very least have a  stronger foundation than I had before. Same but different if that makes sense. I’m training with some good people as always so watch this space.

I talk a lot about what I want to achieve with Thai boxing but I’m also just as happy with where I’ve got to and what I’ve achieved so far. Everyone’s journey is unique to them and the worst thing I think you can possibly do is put others on pedestals and say ‘if only I could’. One of my biggest inspirations as a person is Muhammad Ali. I have a poster of the great man on my living room wall so he’s someone I see first thing in the morning and last thing at night.

Ali was someone who achieved an incredible amount with his sport and chosen discipline and if anything he’s inspiration for me that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to as well. Whenever I’ve felt low about competing or even just training I take a look at my main man caught mid shadow box in the ring, and then I remember that champions and fighters aren’t made in gyms. There made from what they have inside of them. Have a fantastic week. train hard and just like the time before.. I’ll see you on that road.

American heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali throws bare-handed punches in the ring while in training for his fight against Brian London, London, England, August 1966. (Photo by R. McPhedran/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.” – Muhammad Ali 

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