Once bitten

Hi. I thought I should take the time to catch up with you. I hope your week’s been full of all things martial and even if it hasn’t, I hope it’s been a good one. After a couple of weeks of post-Christmas blues, I’ve finally decided to pull my finger out and get training again. Even though this week has only seen a few sessions they’ve been good ones so on that note here’s to the week ahead!

I’ve come away from the tail end of Christmas feeling motivated. That’s unusual for me as it’s January and January usually gets me down. In fact, it’s probably my least favourite month of the year other than it’s spottier more irritating little brother February.

I think motivation this month has come from a few different sources other than myself. When you see people get bitten by the Muay Thai bug for the first time and they’re all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and full of “I want to be a champion” that can be liberating. It makes you sit up and remember that you too were once like them.

When you fall in love with an art it becomes you. It becomes all you care about for a while and whenever you can you take it home with you. The boundless enthusiasm and energy to commit to martial arts aren’t for everyone but once bitten forever smitten as the saying goes.

That’s why when a friend of mine who is currently in Thailand training with the awesome Nong Toom decided to step up for the first time I couldn’t help but raise a smile. When she told me she wants to keep training and keep fighting and get better and better at Muay Thai I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear.

Tara Nong Toom Gym you have a big heart. It’s even bigger than mine as she is a trans fighter from the UK and is getting the recognition she deserves. That’s liberating. She’s Just taking her first steps into our world. Welcome and enjoy the journey.

It’s great to see Tara is building links with some good people in Thailand and I’ve heard she’s found a good camp to train with in the UK. I won’t go into that here but as soon as I heard the name a third smile emerged. They’ll push her and put her through hell but world champions have come out their doors. I believe in my friend. I hope she has many fights.


When I see people regardless of where that at with any discipline they train in doing their utmost to be better than who they are I feel motivated to do the same. It’s very easy to become complacent and comfortable with where your at in your chosen art but ultimately you’re only ever going to hit a glass ceiling unless you push yourself.  Besides, if you think you can or you think you can’t your probably right.

I guess that’s why for me I need to train as much as I can and as regularly as I can. It never comes easy to me but I’m getting better. I want to fight again this year but that will happen when it happens. In the here and now I need to make sure I make progress with what I’m being taught. Besides, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

I’ve learnt over the course of time, over the wins, over the many losses and over the draws that what I’m looking for at points what I’m chasing has always been inside of me anyway. It’s just taken a while to learn how to switch it on but now that I have, now that I’m remembering how to again I think the year ahead is going to be a good one. If I want to stay inspired I only ever have to look at myself.

I thought I’d leave you this week with some food for thought from the awesome Geoff Thompson on comfort zones because it’s totally true that you’ll never find any growth there.   Have a good week, train hard and just like the time… I’ll see you on that road.





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