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It’s not always about fighters and champions.

12 Oct Posted by in Blog | 3 comments

A gyms reputation is often made from the calibre of fighters that it produces to represent the club. You’ll find that a lot of the top gyms have produced top quality fighters consistently throughout the years, proving that they have a good system.

Luckily enough, I’ve come from a gym that has done this for over twenty years. It’s very easy to get the naturally gifted to a level where they can compete, but over the years we’ve had some that really need work. With their drive and determination along with our knowledge and experience, we’ve had hundreds in the last twenty years that have competed to a good level.

Obviously, I have a great interest in the fighting side of the gym, as it’s what has kept me in the sport for so long, but there is so much more you can get from training.

When I had a big stint in Thailand I was away from family and friends for some time. Once the holiday mode had faded and I was into a monotonous routine of eating, training, sleeping and then repeat. It gives you a great time to reflect.

This will sound really cheesy, but I kind of found myself when I was in Thailand. I had to grow up very quickly and pondered a lot of things in my free time.

One of the things that I realised and some may find strange is that through out my training, the smallest thing that I have gained is the actual art of Muay Thai.
I’ll explain…

Without realising at the time, Steve, my trainer, did a lot of exercises with all his fighters while they were preparing to fight. These exercises allowed us to understand fear, why you get nervous, to set yourself a goal, how to achieve it, how to deal with set backs; the list goes on.

Now of course all these are used in the fight game, but all of these are really life skills too. Everything mentioned can be used in other areas of your day-to-day life.

The skills you gain in understanding fear can be used for many things like your first job interview, driving test or even your first day at a new school.

Goal setting can be used for all manner of things. From your career to savings to even losing weight, any ambition, setting your own goals will help you achieve beyond whatever you initially imagined.

Without these other skills I couldn’t have flown to a foreign country on my own to engulf myself in a culture that is far different from my own. I only came to this realisation while I was there.

I get just as much satisfaction now from helping others achieve their personal goals and getting them to be the best they can be than I do when one of the students I’ve been training puts on a top performance when they fight.

Now, these skills aren’t only acquired if you compete, they come from your training and how you are taught and guided.

Without sounding too much like Mr Miyagi, but the more you train, the more you will understand yourself.

This blog isn’t aimed at fighters but the more I have found myself under the pressures of fighting the more I have discovered about myself. You really find out who you are five minutes before you have to enter a ring and even more so during a fight especially the tough ones.

My training has shaped me into the man I am today. The fighting has only enabled me to practice those skills mentioned above. Those skills can be practised at anytime for any situation. If you compare yourself now to your former self before training I’m sure you will see a number of differences.

In my mind, a gyms success is not only measured by what happens in the ring but on how it can help its students achieve their goals.

That’s enough of my far eastern philosophy type rambling, but it would be great to here how training has changed or helped anyone’s livesfor the better?


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3 comments

  • Sam says:

    this is completely true! this is the reason i started training martial arts and why i still train

  • madjon says:

    Now, I could be cheesy as hell here….. through my (limited, though dedicated) time training at K-star, has given me many things. A bad ankle, dodgy hand, knackered shins… but as well as all that:

    1st goal, shed some weight – Check! There is an enjoyment from training that cannot be matched in your run of the mill ‘exercise bike’ gym. So first the exercise which gave me the focus to change my diet (within reason!). Something I’ve never been able to stick to before.

    You then move to other small goals, an improvement here or there, be it sparring or technique or your 1st interclub etc

    Bizarrely in an environment which on paper, you’d think might host some of the biggest macho plonkers around, I have found the opposite to be true, don’t tell them I said so, but I have also met some nice folks down the gym 😉

    As long as you keep training, the goals keep coming!

  • Why is it again that I feel you have wrote this blog for me personally although I lost last night I have grown and learnt from it

  • I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan.


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