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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 80 – Bad training/ Bad experience

There is usually not such a thing as bad training in my vocabulary. And I don’t recall ever walking out on one in all my years as active: From handball playing kid to Taekwondo, kickbox etc. But today I lost my cool and left the scene, before the fun even began.

Once again we were in Butchers Fight Gym- today for a sparring session. I’d actually looked forward for this, cause I have an interview coming up later, and I thought starting the day with a good training, would be just the right thing. Training muay thai and/ or sparring usually lift my spirit like nothing else, and it’s the biggest love of my life.

Under other circumstances it might have been the best decision ever – going for this morning class or in another gym like Mikenta or Siam it surely would have been fine. Unfortunately for me BFG is full of beginners and once again, I get paired up with a big guy, who had no control over his body. He just went beserk on me. I tried to answer back, but he was too big and too powerful – and I would probably have left with a black eye and loose teeth, had I stayed. Normally I would have biting my teeth and just get it over with, but I just had enough today – I threw down my gloves and left the gym. For the first time ever!!

I’m sick and tired of function as a freaking punching bag for guys who are +20kg bigger than me. Who have no control and no experience and are basically just out to kill you. And this is not the first time, this has happened to me in that gym. Not the same guy – but same story.
Some in-experienced guy who thinks he’s Bruce Lee, who have no control over his power or his limbs.

Sure enough he comes out afterwards with some lame comment, that he only went 30-40%, which made me even angrier, cause it was so clear he didn’t take any responsibilty and just trying to pretend it was me being to ‘fragile’ or too ‘female’. I watched him sparre with two other guys and the exact same thing happend: He went all crazy on them, so they had to retaliate. At least he got some huge blows from someone – but f*** it. Karma or no Karma – He just ruined my whole saturday!

I’m really fed up sparring with these guys!

 

 

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Short training note

Fitness.dk ABC

5k – 20.43

Clean & Press 4×6 (11 & 12 kg)
Pull Ups 4×6
[Super set: Clean & Press 4 reps, move on to Pull Ups 4 reps – 6 sets total]

½ TGU 4×6 (8 & 9 kg)
Wall Squats (1 min) & Jump Squats (10)
[Super set: ½ TGU 4 reps, move on to Wall Squats/ Jump Squats]

Stretch and finish

Pull Ups were easier than I had imagined, but also just did 4 in a set. shifted between under/ overhand grip. Nice to feel the progress. Clean and Press weren’t so cheerful. Had to back down from 12Kg to 11 after 2 rounds, due to my wrist. ½ TGU’s was good, and 9Kg was fine (did 8kg first set and 9 for the rest). I think, I can up the weight soon. Wall Squats and jump squats was nearly killing me in the first 2 sets. After that, it seemed like the body adjusted and got the hang of it. Great workout!
Thaiboxing later!

Wall Squats in my toning class - fit.dk ABC

Post Thaiboxing class @ Siam

90 minutes of muay thai with Clemme! Very nice – picked a bag as partner tonight on purpose, as my wrist are making trouble again. Can’t hold pads for the big guys. (Don’t think it really like the press and clean).
Got to sparre 2 rounds with Klingen – which was very nice, except he landed his knee on my elbow – on the ‘funny bone’.
But great to see, my knees are beginning to get incorporated more natural, and also a few of the moves from Amsterdam, was able to pull them out.

Also: 5 rounds of teeps, knees and angle work.
Felt very good afterwards!

Only issue – ate too quick, when I got home, so have a pretty bad stomach now 😦

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Second Am*dam Morning

Woke up to the second day of training with Lucien Carbin and the rest of FFC (means who ever, who’re back from vacation). Living in the – I’m not sure if this is the outskirts of Amsterdam, but it’s a bit from center – life is kind of quiet here. (As Lucien very happy have remarked on a couple of times). A neighbourhood were the most life is people dragging their favorite chair outside to sit and have a smoke.

Training in the gym is very different from back home – even Siam has tried to convert to the ‘Carbinsk’ way of doing things (the week before I left at least). But not quiet the same – training with people here, who’ve been under Carbin for more or less all their muay thai life, makes a h*** of a difference. Technique, power and speed – it’s all slightly different.

So far I’m impressed – training has been hard, but on a different level than ‘all out’ training. It’s more complexed, more diversed and you have to use your brain, as Mark very happily told me. I like he says that in a room full of boxer brains. Haha.

A little strange living at Luciens – I would have imagined that the fighterhouse would be located elsewhere. But, on the other hand made us get to know each other better. And the interview just looks great. Only downside thing is it’s looking hard to do some great pictures inside the gym. Room is – despite the light – quiet dark. Have to try to find a way.

Mr Lucien Carbin

But so far – Amsterdam is very lovely indeed! Saturday we go for the city – should be good!

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Friday 13th

It creeps up on you, doesn’t it? The horror, the feeling of the unexpected – the terror of a stranger… Friday 13th. Can a date have more associations to us?

My friday 13th started out with a run with Pui Yee. Tried to get a little more speed under the feet today. Felt harder, but only resulted in an increase of about 600 meter. And left me baffled. I could have sworn, it should have been a 1K increase. Haha

We finished off again with a nice mix of ‘flexibility’ drills, and I’m struggling with a chest drill. So am excited for the day, when I can do it: ‘no problem’.

Had a nice afternoon with some work done, and went to Siam this evening for a Muay Thai class. My third in a while. Was really good! Nice techniques, good combos and Abdul did a great job passing stuff on today. And also survived about 4 rounds of light sparring. Was very happy I came – but it was hard!!! Im pretty fucked up now.

Class ended with – what could be a session from Ross 50 Day Challenge: Circuit with burpees, pull ups, woodchoppers etc. Not bad.

Started to count the days for Amsterdam!

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Baby steps

So tonight was my first night in Siam, in a very long time. Actually I think my last period of committed muay thai training is two months or more – so it was with a heavy heart and hesitating feet I went to what use to be my other home.

Time passes by so very fast, and since Liam broke his hand, it has been so easy to just do the Ross with him and forget about gloves, wraps, mouth guard and a fist full of love. But now, when I’m back in Copenhagen on my own, I really can’t sit around eating popcorn every night – even I tried. Plus yet another assignment for WMM – and my own curiosity and will to learn, takes me to Holland for a week with legendary Lucien Carbin. So I better get started.. and today was first day back.

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Could have been worse – the guys could have killed me. Easily! But fortunately everyone took it easy – also from orders from Abdul and Rasmus, who’ve been taking over for Tony. Man, I’m gonna miss him so much. For various reasons he was one of the best trainers, I ever had the pleasure of training under.

Was great to see some of the guys again, thou. Reys, Morten, Michael, Abdul and Rasmus – in heavy training periods, they all becomes a big part of the gym-life. In a way, I kind of missed it, but also, I have been content with a happy heart to do the Ross thing with Liam – and enjoying all the other stuff in life.

I noticed going home from training, I got myself a small headache. Nothing major or painful – just a little hint of having sparred again. I never noticed this before. Well gonna see how the days pans out.

On a ruin in Ireland

Check out the gym:  http://www.continental-ffc.nl/home.html

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Day 5 – delayed

Due to too little hours on a monday, I never got around to the gym, so missed out on Workcapacity 101. So today will be WoC101.

Edit: Just got home from the Wo101- eating a small bit before its time for Fitness.dk – ABC – extraordinary girl & boxing class!

Workcapacity 101 – one of the hardest Ross drills (that and Fast & the Furious)
* 5 Pull-ups
* 10 Medicine Ball Slamms
* 15 Burpees
* 20 Jumping jacks
10 rounds or 20 minute workout

*f’ing hard today! After the first two rounds my pull-up power was none existent, so I had to stemm off with my feet for 3-4 and 5. Burpees was ridicoules hard to – the last 3 especially. I guess my bodys used to do the 12, which is the number I usually do on the GPP’s 30 sec drill. So the last 3 just killed me.
(Remember when I trained with Phil Nurse at the Wat, we had to do 20 burpees on the challenges)

Yesterday I got my as* dragged to Siam for the monday class, which is always good. Usually teached by Tony Pettas, but yesterday Abdul took over and it was quite good.

Picture says everything

Just one thing bother me: Why is it, that all new guys I’ve met in Muay thai seems to take a pleasure in beating up the smallest person in the room (eg. me)?? If you wonder how small: I’m around app. 10 – 25 kg smaller. This happened with three of the guys, who joined the fight class from the intermediate class – and yesterday, 3 new guys joined in. And I was paired up with 2 of them – both of them who thought it was funny to bang it out on me. I rarely ever sparre 100% – which means, I never kick or hit full on. I just like to have a little control, so most of my power are 80 – 90% in gym. So was it yesterday.

And of course I try to hit my target – hit, kick etc., but some guys – get all freaking wierd when they’re facing a girl. And just simply start to lash out, no holds barred. I actually had to ask one of the new guys to take a break on the knees. It wasnt he was going for my legs or midsection – he was aiming for my head. Which is a sure way to get cut – which would mean 1 – 2 weeks out while it heal up. What an idiot!!!
He was even supposed to be quite good – then why this urge to manifest himself to me? Leave your fucking ego at the door!!! I’m glad to say, I hold my ground and moved without getting any cuts. I’m just really puzzled of why this is always the case with new guys.

On a personal level, I discovered I might have a bigger heart, than pride. So I’m weighing the possibilities, pros and cons – and thinking about what decision to make. But I also  been very clear about it: I know whats been going on, but its my decision whether I can forgive him and give it a second chance, or choose not to.
Life’s not easy. Two years ago – I had no doubt.

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Fight preparations

Right now I’m watching a friend of mine fighting – a great boxer Lolenga Mock. Sitting and watching him in war against the italian opponent, figting for the European titel, I can’t help thinking about all the hours of preparation – and tonight all this work culminates. Its tonight everyone can see the fruit of his struggles, the off-days where he still went to the gym. Got beat up by his team mates and trainers, and still managed to come back the next day. Even his real work lies in the days, weeks and months passed behind in the gym – its tonight the world will remember.

Mind you! Fighting is not like any other sport, with seasons and off-seasons. Being a fighter means (nearly) perfect shape, year-round, month after month slaving in the gym, hitting the bags, skipping, doing footwork, guards, shadowbox, sparring, padwork – everything – everyday (except sunday) – year-round. There’s no summer holidays or christmas for the pros – only off-days are when injuries prevent you from training.

And Lolenga Mock is one of these warriors – always ready to fight. Stepped up to the plate with only days notice several times. Come to think of it, I know a few of these warriors. Warriors who take a fight any day, any time. And they got lots to show for it. Without doubt some of Denmarks finest nak muays (thai boxing warriors), whose fighting style got refined and re-defined by their plenty ring experience. But it doesn’t come for free – it cost – sweat, blood and more sweat in the gym.

Lolenga Mock sparring with Mikkel Kessler. CIK 2009

Back on the screen, my friend is in the 6th round. Italian still pushing hard, but Mock seems to have the upper hand. Doing the bop and weave (Johnny (De Lima) shout at us again and again in the gym), frustrating the italian. When you can’t hit, you spend lots of energy on nothing. 7th round – Mock finished 6th round best, but now they both had a short rest. Only having fought 2 min. rounds myself, I’m full of awe how the boxers can go round after round – 3 full minutes in every round. (And my MMA friends who are doing 5 min. Thats just plain ridicules).

Have you never stepped into the ring, you might sit thinking: ‘hey 3 minutes – its nothing! Get to it’. And to be fair, yes professional fighters does train for work. It is their job all year-round to be fit. But stepping into the ring – it’s just you (your training, your ego, your instincts) and your opponent, whos been training hard to beat you. It’s not for everyone – it’s a tough job, and the slightest faults will get punished immediately and relentlessly.

While writing this – they’re come to round 10th. Nearly half an hour have the two men traded punches and blows. Trying to hurt the other, trying to knock him out. Putting it out there – for all to watch. Your fight preparations shows, your hunger shows. As I’m watching them going at it in the 12th and last round, I’m wondering if my training will be enough, to step into the ring a week from now.  It’s definetly for the brave – and maybe slightly crazy. I mean – who will in their right mind, slave in the gym, getting yelled at, beat up, and smashed to pieces, only to pick one self up and go do it again the next day. Except Sundays 😉

My friend won after a 12 round war. Congratulations to Mock on taking the victory, titel, glory and honour! Enjoy your sunday my friend. You deserve it 😉 If you were in Thailand, I would say – go to Swensens 😀

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