Write back might have been a better headline, but not so catchy. Well behind with training updates from Amsterdam and post Am*dam, I’ll try to make up for some of the lost stuff.
Wednessday 18th: Arrived in Amsterdam late in the evening. Was greeted by Mark Mueller from FFC and taken to Lucien Carbins house in Sloten, which apparently hold the fighters quarters. Fighter room was nicely decorated with posters from past decades of various fight events – from the early Free Fights events (with Lucien as posterboiii) to this days SLAMM and It’s Showtime.
useful info: Sloten is located about 30 minutes by tramp from Amsterdam Central Station. It seemed like suburbia dutch style, nice quiet neighbourhood. Gym is located app. 2 km from Luciens house, and a small shopping area about 1km from the house.
Thursday 19th: First training session in FFC. It was still on summer program, so we were told most people would still be on holiday. However a good handful of fighters had found their way to the ‘morning class’. (‘Morning’ = 11 clock). Class consisted mostly of combinations, not your usual 1,2 lowkick however – but much more complicated and diverse. Got paired up with a guy called Gaiyan, around the same weight, but taller – with bony knees, as he put it.
Felt exhausted after that class, even it was only for 1 hour. Think I actually said something about, not knowing if I would last to the evening class.
Breakfast was served after the ‘morning’ class, which meant around 13.00.
Evening training took place at 20.00. Again it was the ‘summer holiday’ class, so not that full. Training had more familiar elements such as shadow box, kicking on pads etc. But also had ‘play time’ inserted: Light sparring, clinch-like game = take your opponent out of the ‘ring’. Really enjoyed the evening class – felt more confident that I could survive the week of training, I had signed up for.