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Day 71 – The first time

Two days ago, I took 4 of my regular and one of my new girls to a ‘real gym’, and let them sparre each other (not the new girl). I’ve been super excited for this event, since we started to plan it, but on the other hand, I was also quite nervous.

I known the girls for a long time now. One of them almost a year. So I know they’re tough and often gives everything they got during training – but how they react, when they tried to hit one another? I had no idea.  Well, I did have an idea – cause we’re all girls. And most girls, unlike guys – perceive sparring with a great amount of caution and respect – and a bit hesitation. Where as guys sees sparring as just another very physical state of competing with each other, and often throws down, without any hesitation. Girls seem to take a small step at the time and offering a lot of apologies the first many times they hit someone.

My girls were great! They jumped in, and even they were holding back, you could tell, that they wanted to try it. Yet – ofcourse feeling a little insecure and new at it – but everyone loved it. No one cried, no one got scared. Of course I had 2 first rounds, with limited action: First round f.ex. only punch with left hand, right hand serve as guard.
So I think, it was a good way to introduce them to contact. A bit more controlled, with a keen focus on protection at the same time.

I still remember my first sparring. I finally was allowed to sparre, but got send in, with an experienced girl, who – as far as I recall, just wanted to kill me. lol. And it was all out. Legs and hands – kicks and punches – everything, with the trainer enthusiastic coaching the other girl. I remember, we ‘ran around a lot’ and finally I hit her hard on the nose, and she started crying. And that was it. No more sparring. The trainer never said anything to me. I switched gym shortly after that!

Own training:
Too many days without blogging 😦
Past three weeks, I’ve 2-3 weight sessions pr. week. (Legs only)
2 Swim sessions pr week (skipped  a week)
2 x FighterGirl classes a week
..And a run today, in the sun!

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Day 72: Why we should hate Ronda or Reality Shows – are what we see real?

I know the producers wants me to feel otherwise, because I’ve read this reaction on every message board I’ve visited, but I just don’t buy into all the Rousey hate, that seems to flush through MMA communities like rings around a drop of water.

And it’s not like I’ve been a Rousey fangirl either. When she met Sarah Kaufmann in Strikeforce, I was actually rooting for Kaufmann. (Maybe because she’s a striker as myself). If you were watching Strikeforce on the Danish Eurosport, you might remember me talking about this fight. On her Strikeforce title fight with Miesha Tate, I remember thinking, she came off as a bitc* and I felt it was a bit unnecessary.

When Rousey got signed as the first female fighter in the UFC, as a woman, I had to take my ‘hat’ off to her. Females in the UFC seemed impossible for so many years, and UFC President Dana White turned the subject down, every time the question got raised. Ronda Rousey made him change his mind, and she became the first signed UFC fighter and since the first female champion in a smoking fashion when she beat challenger Liz Carmouche. (Whom I by the way also rooted for).

So NO! I haven’t really gotten to like Ronda before now. Respected her, her accomplishments in both MMA and her former career as Olympian Judoka yes of course – but I never really liked her. Not until now. Not until now, where the producers of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ show seems to do everything they can, to make us all hate her.

They show her crying, when her fighter lost. They show her getting mad at Tate and saying quite odd things like ‘I saw you smiled at my fighters defeat’, and they show her in Hallmans face, after Hallman and her head coach Edmund Tarverdyan had a small fall out. (A fall out the production team showed as being purely Edmunds accomplishment, but has later been revealed from Jessamyn Dukes blog, to be in fact instigated by Hallmann).

I’m not sure, if it’s just me, who’ve seen too many Ultimate fighter shows and got hyper allergic to the way they cut the material and always make it ‘Good guy/ girl vs Bad Guy/girl’, or if the fact, that they’ve chosen to show Ronda in more emotional situations (picking a fighter back up mentally after a grueling loss (Bazzler vs Pena) or backing up her head coach (approaching Hallman and letting him know, he could take his bullshit elsewhere).

But it seems that I – unlike most MMA fans – have swung the other way after seeing Ronda on The Ultimate Fighter. I like her better now.
I respect her for being in the corner of her fighter, her coach and herself, and I like she’s not all that controlled and icy, as she comes off at fight time. As she said: ‘In the cage, I’m a cold, calculating cunt‘.

So while most of the MMA communities seems to have turned their love and root for Ronda on a dime, I’m guessing there will also be more like myself, who see through the production and come through to the other side.

And to all that asks, why the production team/ UFC would want to harm Rouseys image, by portraying her so bad as they do (eg.: ‘That’s Dana’s favorite’, ‘it can’t be all production’ – which is right. It must have happened, since they can show it right?. Yes – but there can be several scenes leading up to every situation, that they choose not to show!!)
Anyway back to why UFC/ Production team is making Ronda look bad: To sell tickets for the fight against Miesha Tate.
– Tate had no place being on the show, as Cat Zingano put a severely bad beating on her, and won the right to fight Rousey, and coach opposite her.
– She lost the first fight to Ronda very convincingly: Armbar 1st round. Didn’t inflict any damage or posed any real threat to Rousey. Everyone with the smallest knowledge of MMA, wouldn’t put a dime on her in any rematch – let alone pay to see the fight. It wasn’t one of those close call fights, that you wanted to see a rematch on, like Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafson. It was a one-sided fight, that no one actually wants to see – until UFC/ FOX production turns the masses sympathy to Tate, whom they now will follow and root for in the upcoming rematch.

Personally, I can be afraid that this whole ‘Reality show’ can ruin more for Rousey than doing good, and I could be worried, she would lose focus and become emotional come fight time. I hope all her years of experience can help her, remote herself from all this witch-hunt which seems to be going on, and just focus on what’s she’s good at: Fight & win!

 

Ps. On a closing note: I’m pretty sure we had seen a different Rousey presented to us on TUF, had Zingano been able to coach opposite. Then they would have no reason to make Rousey look so bad.

 

The show as it is now:  Rousey vs Tate

The show as it is now:
Rousey vs Tate    

The opponent who should have been there: Cat Zingano

The opponent who should have been there: Cat Zingano

 

 

 

 

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Day 74 – Afraid of the dark

I will get to the 100 days.. eventually!!

I’ve picked up swimming, more specifically, I’m trying to re-learn crawl. Just two weeks in, and things seems to be getting a tiny bit better every time I’m in the water, but I’m kind of facing a different problem now:
I’m afraid of the dark, in the water.
Dark patches of seaweed, murky water etc.

I have no idea how to conquer this. Today I was swimming above long stretches of short, dark green seaweed. It actually looked quite peaceful and pretty, but some where inside me (instinct maybe?), I get this little voice saying hurry up. And I get in to a small panic mode, and all thoughts on swim technique goes out and only moving fast forward becomes important.
It’s really frustrating.

Other than that, it’s a great challenge. Makes me interested and alert, and I love how I can feel small differences every time I jump in the water. (Just not above darkness). I still need a lot correction, both with my shoulders and my breathing, but at least I’m not thinking I’m gonna drown anymore. (Win!)

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Day 76 – How do you move

Morning training in Mikenta!

Except for my poor elbow being beat up, morning training was a delight!
Shadow box
Push ups
Shadow box w/ weights
3 round pad work: Elbow, Knees & punch/kick (same side)
Abs and back
+ Ido Portale movements with Pernille. Pernille did Ido Portale’s movement camp in Singapore, and has generously offered to share a bit of all the stuff she learned. Today we tried 6 different ‘crawls’*, which were all super challenging: Working on balance, coordination and mooooovement. Really fun and exciting. Definitely going to continue with these and when I feel secure in them, I’ll try to pass it on.

Poster from Ido Portales movement camp

Poster from Ido Portales movement camp

Training update:
Monday 12K
Tuesday Body toning class in Fresh Fitness Hvidovre + 5K
Wednesday Thaiboxing + Movement (sprints tonight)

6 ‘crawls’ – as best I can describe them:
**2x rolls – one ‘normal’ and one landing on the heels with open legs
*One crawl with only 1 hand/ 1 foot on the floor at the same time. Sounds easy, but you’ll have to think and coordinate to make it work
*Same crawl as above, but with push ups and partner setting the distance. (Partner showing where to set the next hand – when the hand lands, you do a push up. Move leg before hand at the movements).
*Open chest crawl: Yoga position with one foot and opposite hand forward. Other leg far back and other arm straight above head – Open
chest. Lift hind leg, set hand down as far forward as you can, turn sideways on first foot (which are already in the floor) – lift other knee to the chest  and put up other arm straight above head
*Frog crawl: Start in squat position, put your right hand out in front of your left knee, and follow up with your left hand (next to right). Jump to the left, by putting your weight on your arms, and jump with the right leg going in front of your body. Land with your left leg straight and right leg in squat. Lift your hands and get into the squat position again.

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Day 78 – Danish TV

I’m flabbergasted: This summer spend in Denmark, has shown me one thing. I don’t miss having a tv. Especially a Danish one. Danish TV is all about silly dating shows, food, tattoos and men baking with quinoa. Ok last one is a commercial.
But still: Show after show with ‘ordinary people’, getting their 15minutes of fame, doing ordinary stupid things people do, when they’re drunk, horny or upset.
It’s crazy in a way, we live in a time in the world, where this is what most people growing up aspire to be.

Growing up 200 years ago, we – or the male population at least – would aspire to get their ‘life education’ by travelling abroad and experience life abroad for a while. Living in different cultures – learning from them to bring back the knowledge and experience. And yes – of course maybe to flaunt their newly found experiences and fashions picked up abroad, home with all the people, who couldn’t travel themselves.

One of the castings for the Danish TV reality show: For lækker til love (Too hot for love)

One of the castings for the Danish TV reality show: For lækker til love (Too hot for love)  

HC Andersen, Danish storyteller and traveller

HC Andersen, Danish storyteller and traveller. According to rumors, he was a very vain man – maybe just as vain as the guys to the left, but he left a legacy for the world to enjoy

 

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Day 87 – An evening on the bridge

My 13th post will be a photo blog from Dronning Louises Bro. Liam and I bike down to the bridge to sit and enjoy Wednesday evening. It was a bit chilly – I’m wondering if that was the summer of 2013?

Taxi bike

Taxi bike

View towards the center of Copenhagen

View towards the center of Copenhagen

 

Copenhagen life on bikes

Copenhagen life on bikes

 

Guys on the next bench celebrating with champagne

Guys on the next bench celebrating with champagne

Copenhagen life across from us

Copenhagen life across from us

 

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Day 88 – Do you have a Lucky number

Did you know that 8 is a lucky number in China?

I didn’t until my chinese friend Pui Yee went out of her way to find a locker with the number 8 in it. We we’re meeting up in Fitness.dk to do a training session together, and she kept wandering from cabinet to cabinet. Confused that she passed one available locker after the other, I finally asked her, what she was searching for. And the answer was an available 8.

Do you have a lucky number? And if you do, what do you do with it? Do you gamble? Or just secretly smile every time you see the number on a bus, a house or the number of ducks swimming in the lake?

16 have been my lucky number for a long time. (I don’t know if revealing it, will make it loose it’s ‘magic’ btw.) However since my mind and instinct are two different things, it haven’t done me any good last time I visited a casino. It was over 2 years ago, so if you now sitting and thinking ‘all Asians gamble’, don’t believe it’s true. Some of us is only good at martial arts 😉

And – even if I say it’s my lucky number, I wouldn’t care if I lived in number 16th on any given street. I also don’t hunt the 16th locker or wait to be 16 in a line. I just think it’s nice to have a number to call my lucky number.

Lucky cat

Lucky cat

 

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