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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 79 – Joy!

Well – I’m actually a few days late. I know!! (last entry is from Saturday and today is Tuesday). Once again I ran out of internet and didn’t get around to it, until today. So I’m just gonna pick up the puck from where I left it – even I know, I’m probably about 5 days behind at this point! (My appologies, if you’re following the 100days challenge).

Lot’s of joy this morning! First time in 2 weeks, I made it to Mikenta’s morning class. It was really good, with headcoach and owner Brian Tallerik as the captain. Lot’s of padwork, followed by 4 rounds of bagwork. Worked with a very young girl (Anna) and had a good time. I’ve really come to love Brian’s classes, as I always seem to be learning a bit new and get inspired to better myself, and ofcourse, as always in the back of my mind: I’m thinking of what and how to bring it back to my girls in Ireland.

Also joyous: I got more internet pay time!

And last joy but not least: I got a Cross training class tonight in Fresh Fitness
I really look forward to teach a class again and I’m pretty sure, it’ll be a good class. Have planned 3 rounds with various exercises of different difficulties and challenges. But!! The best plans can easily change when it comes to classes; more people need more stations – less people might benefit from following each other. We’ll see!

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland - you're lacking behind!!!)

Liam and I after sprints at Østerbro Stadium (Never seen so many fit people at a track before! Ireland – you’re lacking behind!!!)

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Day 91 – The positive weekend

Liam and I agreed yesterday evening to have a weekend, where we couldn’t say anything negative. About anything or anyone. Only positive things was to leave our lips this weekend.

The idea grew from a thought of how words create our reality and enhance our emotions – and our experience of life. If by choosing only to pronounce positive words, could we have a happier weekend?
I think we did have a good Saturday, but we did encounter a few ‘on edge’ situations during the day. And of course it was in the traffic. Where else does ‘on edge’ situations occur?

On the other end of the scale, we had a great massage in Natha Yoga house after training. Was just pure brilliant!!

I look forward for tomorrow too – I think it’s gonna be a happy sunday

Training today:
Thaiboxing in Butchers Fight Gym w/ Kru Toy. Teamed up with Liam, so the poor guy had to restraint his powers. Kru Toy made a good finisher with knees, and Liam let me clinch a little with him afterwards.
Weightlifting in Butchers Lab – Snatch, Jerks & cleans cross fit style. Was nice to try something different + I got a really excellent tip for my wrists!

 

 

 

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Day 93 – Some men just want to watch the world burn

The famous quote from Batman – or rather Alfred, when trying to explain evil caused by men, that couldn’t be explained by greed, fear, rage, anger, revenge, lust or love. I remember hearing that sentence and it really stuck a chord with me.
How do you react to people’s action, when you can’t understand the background for them. When nothing gives meaning and can’t be comprehended by the normal means of understanding.

I don’t know how that feeling is, and I don’t know anyone, who just want to watch the world burn. People I know, can occasionally act, like they don’t give a care about anything or anyone. But there would always be a selfish reason behind the action. A desire to destroy out of anger, greed or another strong emotion.

All the strong desires for destruction I’ve felt in my life, have been born out of situations that have caused my emotions to escalate. My guess would be, that men with want to burn down their world, would have no such thing as emotions to disturb their path.
I don’t know, if you could call the joker emotionless, but he sure wanted chaos for chaos.

Sometimes, I think it would be nice, not to think, feel or worry about today, tomorrow or ever – and kind of just live to watch the world blossom (rather than burn) – but I’m not sure if the process is reversible? Could you be a (wo)man who just want to see the world come alive?
Training day (if anyone cares):
2 x Thai boxing (Mikenta and Butchers Fight Gym)

Legendary Heath Andrew Ledger as the Joker

Legendary Heath Andrew Ledger as the Joker

 

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Day 95 – Muay Thai for life

My 5th post is about a long time love of mine: Muay Thai or Thaiboxing as its also called here in the west. Whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful sport. A hard sport too – but it gives back ten fold from what it takes. Like all physical activity, you’ll get your endorphins flowing, blood rushing – and like all martial arts, it demands a lot of selfdiscipline (at least if you want to be good). In short, Muay thai will let you discover yourself.

Tonight training with Kru Toy (my old trainer) in Butchers Fight Gym in Valby, I discovered I was running low on fuel. That week in Austria didn’t do me any good training wise. Even with the long walks and mountain walk and climb – I was out of breath even before we started the fun part (where you put the gloves on).
I also discovered, the same feeling I got one morning sparring in Mikenta – I get pissed, when I get pushed on my lack of cardio.

It annoys me to no end, that I let other people bug me. No matter the situation (he’s bigger, has longer reach (BFG guy) – he’s really aggressive and coming on like we’re fighting for life and death (Mikenta guy)), I should be experienced enough to keep my cool. It was one of the things I had going for me, before I moved to Ireland, back when I was training in Siam Muay Thai gym (with Abdul and Kru Toy).

There is only one solution; Muay thai is telling me to go running more if I want to be back at my previous level – or to accept my current situation as the natural order of things. 18 months away – some things won’t be the same.

mt butchers

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Do do run run again

Liam’s been at this running program for the past six weeks, and while I’ve some days been looking a little jealous of his runs and his commitment, I’ve been fine by hanging out at home, Sloughing on the internet. And of course I’ve been (and am) supportive of his running and commitment to the program – but I’ve felt fine about my training in my classes and the extra TRX I’m putting in at the moment, to not really bother getting into running myself.
-And I had that nasty experience with my knee getting all f***ed up after a run, a couple of months ago.

This saturday we somehow managed to get to Brucies for Thai boxing. Which was great – I always love a good thaibox training – especially now that my finger is fine. So had a blast, but also felt it was hard to go on the pads. I mean – of course I could do it for 5 or more rounds, if I had to. But it was tough and I felt my heartbeat in my throat.

'We're on a road to nowhere..and we're running!!'

‘We’re on a road to nowhere..and we’re running!!’

On the way home Liam said, he was happy we went thaiboxing after all. And he added, he felt really good about going on the pads, as he felt more in control of his heart rate (stamina) and could pick up or slow down the pace without getting out of breath. He noted, that it might come from all the running he’s been doing.

I thought about it and it makes sense. And I thought to myself, maybe I should try running too – with the program that is. (It’s a heart rate based program that ensures you don’t go 80% on all your runs and thereby burn out faster). So my mind was positive primed when Liam (yesterday) suggested that I join his program – and my goal is to see it this week out – and then decide from there, depending on knees and limbs.
There is 6 weeks left of the program and if all goes well after week 1, I’ll follow through the last 5.

Training update including past week:

Today (Monday): 6miles on 70%
Yesterday (Sunday): 10 miles 70-75%
Saturday: Muay Thai
Friday: Sprints with Liam (4x 800m + 2 miles jog + 1 mile 100s = 5.5 miles)
Thursday: 30 min TRX, 40 min. Circuit, FighterGirl Class
Wednesday: 1.5 hour Abs/’toning’/ Burpees
Tuesday: 20 min TRX, 20min Barbell ‘blast’, 20 min Core, 2 x FighterGirl Classes
Monday: Nothing

 

My diet is back to No Gluten – except I’m having a cheat day on saturday, where wheat & sugar is allowed. Needles to say, I’ve spent Saturday stuffing my head with chocolate stuff and a couple of mini pancakes and some Danish liquorice.
I’ve seem to be quite happy about this arrangement.

 

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Saenchai – Muay thai legend

Friday I met with Saenchai (Kotmuay Muaythaigym) to do a short interview and to greet him welcome to Ireland. Being a friend of my trainer in Denmark KruToy, I’ve met Saenchai around the world with KruToy, so it felt natural and respectful to meet him here.

Now before I get to the point of todays blog, let m just say one thing! I should have scheduled the meeting til after the weigh-in, as it was clear that Saenchai was both little tired from travelling (from Thailand to Ireland) and probably also quite famished! (I know, I would be). But he was very kind and took some time to sit down with me, below you can see the second (and best part of the interview).

 

Now to the point! About a week ago, I posted a question on the Fight Club page on Facebook, asking the fight fans who their favorite Nak Muay (Thai boxer) is. While a lot got it mixed up with K-1 and answered Badr Hari, most people who picked a thai boxer, answered Buakaw or recently deceased (and way to early!!) Ramon Dekkers.

While I understand both answers: Buakaw has the looks of a living greek (Thai) God and the fierceness of a lion in the ring, and Ramon Dekkers can easily be called the best european thaiboxer ever – then I still have to disagree with most of the fans who answered the questions, cause my all time favorite fighter will without any doubt be Saenchai.

I know this is a very subjective question – up with favorite football teams etc. But, for me Saenchai is the essens of the beauty and complexity of muay thai – and he is a showman. At least when he fights foreigners!
Seeing Saenchai fight, is seeing so many aspects and ‘forgotten’ weapons of muay thai in action. It’s not just the raw power, explossive and forceful techniques many other fighters posses. Saenchai brings a deeper meaning of Muay Thai to his fights – at least thats how I see them. And if real life is to be compared to a movie, Saenchai would be Ong Bak – or a similar story of a fighter with the heart in the right place – humble, yet proud. Strong, fierce – yet gentle and ‘like water’ – as Bruce Lee would have said.

As a muay thai practitioner (means I train, teach and fight – or fought) and a somewhat of a fight connoisseur, Saenchai has always had a special place in my heart. Even before I met him – just from watching him fight, unlocks emotions and worlds of understanding that fighting as a sport is much more than sport, expressions of power and deep consequence of competitiveness.
For some people like Saenchai, the art of fighting is the very expression of the human being.

It’s in a place where everything is meant to be, no movement unnecessary. No energy wasted – it’s a perfect composition, and I would implore everyone – whether you like fight sport or not, to see Saenchai fight, if you have the opportunity.
He is a true living legend, and I’m sure history will agree with me. Aside from all the others great and impressive fighters – Saenchai stands out as a one in a million.

Liam, Saenchai & me

Liam, Saenchai & me

Ps. For those who saw Saenchai fight in Cork, Ireland yesterday (saturday 9th march), it’s obvious that he is a show man as well, the way he moved the crowd – and btw. what a crowd!! The Neptune stadium was boiling, when he was fighting!
And if you haven’t seen him before, you might even think, that he was in trouble from time to time. But google/ youtube some of his others fights against foreigners, and you will see, he always lets them into the fight – just a bit. Just to give the audience their money worth and often a full 5round fight. Liam Harrison and Fabio Pinca as exceptions – from his own mouth, two very powerful and strong opponents.

Pps. If you’re in Thailand in beginning of April – I think he said April 7th or 9th. Saenchai is figthing in Lumpini against the best thai opposition there is right now: Singdam. (They are 1-1). Go see the fight!! That would be a real fight!!

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