muay thai, thaiboxing

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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

Geometry take from Vegas (My first live UFC event: UFC 98 – Machida vs Evans)

The first picture is from my very first trip to Vegas. I spend 1o days in the desert training and learning under Master Toddy and then I had a few days in at The Palms – and got to attend my first UFC event (98). I always liked this photo because of all its different shapes, shadows and hidden figures.
Thought it was fitting on this weekly challenge – even I didn’t crop it.

Buakaw performing Wai Kru in Thai Fight Cannes

Second picture is of course – the worlds most crazy geometric figure: The SQUARE boxing RING. Photo is from Thai Fight in Cannes, where I was lucky enough to be with Fight Club. The fighter in the photo is Buakaw – one of the worlds best! He’s performing the ritual Wai Kru, which is a blend of honouring trainers, gym, parents, ancestors – and showing off your strength, flexibility and balance to your opponent. Buakaw did a wonderful job for both.

Edited: Another photo kept hunting me – saying it had shapes and storie as well

From a sky train station in BKK

More ring photos:

Well you can’t see much of the ring, but it’s one of my favorite photos from Lumpini – so I added it anyway 🙂

 

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Moment of truth

So tonight was the moment of truth – or rather a delayed moment of truth.

Oh yeah - and Merry Christmas

The actual event took place long before tonight, and even I knew the outcome it was in a way, nice to get it served! It came in a different wrapping than expected. I’d expected the ‘normal’ route, but instead there was some twist and turns, that revealed more about the sender, than I think was intended.

Did the revelation of the truth change the reality for the implicated? I think it does. It should open the minds and make clear, that what was once ‘the truth’ is no longer.  And this new truth – could set free!

But the outcome itself: Expected, there could be no other truth.

 

The truth about the MAX 2010

 

Giorgio Petrosyan is King of the MAX for another year – and for the second consecutive year. But he was no near as untouchable as last year. But *G* I’m still in love with his sublime technique, timing and understanding of the game! But next year… I wonder, wonder..

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Sprints and skips

Oh.. guess Wednesday skipped. Got a call from Eurosport about doing Creative Breaking – and all of a sudden all my fancy plans were out the window.

Yesterday: Did my sprints – and felt ok.
Sprints with Ross:
Warm up: 2 x 800m (90% sprint), 800 m jog back
Ross Sprints: 10 x 100 m
Finish: 5 x 50 m

Didn’t have time for core, as I was due for yet another show at Eurosport – Fight Club. And again in the evening we went live with Fight Club. We didn’t expect to get any audience, as it was Denmarks crucial match in the World Cup. Had to win to get through to the 1/8 finales. But since Japan made to a 2-0 half time, I suspect we hauled in a few.

Thanks Denmark & Japan

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Post UFC Abu Dhabi

The fight card dreams are made of

Last night I was watching the fights from the UFC 112 Abu Dhabi, and was as many others blown away by  – especially Silva vs Maia fight. But the surprise started much before the main event.
To begin with, the fight card looked stacked!! Looked awesome – and I loved the match ups. Could ‘The Answer’ find a way to defeat ‘The Prodigy’?, was Maia’s bjj enough to match the Silva’s out of this world stand up? – and then the legend match: Hughes vs Gracie. In short – the line up had all the components to excite fight fans around the world.

Evening started out entertaining with the ‘minor’ fights on the main card. UFC always has their fight night divided into two parts: The undercard where the fights are not being televised (or most likely not) – and the main card with the top fighters and upcoming stars.
The two first fights on the main card promised all good: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Terry Etim – Terry Etim and Kendall Grove vs. Mark Munoz. De Anjos vs Etim was truly an exciting match up – and Grove vs Munoz was fantastic. What a pull-off by Munoz. After being rocked and dominated, he slips (yet another submission) the armbar and make use of Groves side position, gets mount and goes berserk in a good ol’ fashion ground n’ pound. A very well deserved W!

Kendal Grove vs Mark Munoz

Then the funny stuff began, starting out with the legend match. Good ol’ american wrestling against fine tuned brazilian jiu jujitsu. I expected a stand up war – that would also go on the ground (and back up – and back down). Don’t think anyone ever saw Hughes kicking that much – which turned out to be a good recipe – but a very boring and predictable match.  (I actually began to wonder, if anyone had shown Hughes some of the K-1 fights with the dutch lumber jack). Especially when it got cleared that Renzo wouldn’t attempt a take down on the cowboy. Great game plan from Hughes, a plan – not to lose by Gracie, end result a pretty boring result for the spectators.

First title fight: BJ Penn vs Frank Edgar. The Prodigy vs The Answer. Another well thought tactic, this time perfectly executed by Frank ‘The Answer’ Edgar. And yet another match up which on paper seem to be rockin’ the socks of any fight fans out there. Great bjj against great wrestling. Both fighters with bombs in their hands. But here we go again with tactics that are more designed not to loose, than to win.

Yes – I do believe that Edgar worked harder, but Penn did more damage. And I was surprise to find, that the judges would give the victory on that foundation. I thought a title fight had to be won convincingly – and not just by the teeth of a hair. I found the fight to be much more equal than to give the belt to the challenger.

Which bring me to the last fight with Anderson Silva and Demian Maia. Someone DID tell Silva not to go on the floor with the bjj specialist. (Top of the pop according to UFC commentators Rogan and Goldberg – which once again made the event so entertaining. Thanks!!!) So ‘The Spider’ stayed up and demolished, crumbled and made a mockery out of Maia, who didn’t seem to bring anything to the table, besides his bjj. First in the fifth round Maia actually started to throw some swings. But then it was too late. Too little – too late.

The Spider tactic in rd 5

I can sympathize with all the people hating on ‘The Spider’ for not knocking Maia out – or just doing the ’round abouts’ for the last two rounds. Hey! I’ve hated on Kyotaro for doing the exact same thing on the K-1. But it doesn’t take away the fact, that Maia was the challenger. He was the one, who should’ve gotten in there, proving himself – prove to the world, that he was better than Silva. All Silva had to do – and did – was to defend his title.
As much, as we might not like how he did it, he did defend it – and showed that Maia is classes below.

Anyway – tomorrow will be a normal blog from my own little training world.

Ps. A good fight I would recommend: Aussie vs Ali Gynuar from the Amsterdam Fight Club event. Check also Chris NGimbi – excellent dutch fighter who uses angles in such a fluent, smooth fashion, one can’t help getting excited.

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Easter beatings and cab drivers

I’m not sure how I like my week so far. It’s been a bit lazy, but still alive, so that’s gotta count for something.

Main focus on the blog these days – training, training and more of that:
Tuesday:
Morning session at Mikenta. Pelle taught the class. Only about an hour of training, but pretty good class with emphasis on different combos. Hardest part – was to get up at 6, get on the train and bike from the station. I was ridiculously hungry on the way back.
Afternoon: Training with my two half hour classes in Fitness.dk ABC. They’re going quite strong, and I applaud the ladies for hanging in there!!
First class 30 min:
20 Deadlift Twist w 5 kg
20 Side twist (5k)
16 Saxon side bends (5 k)
6 Turkish get ups (8 k KB)
25 Lunges w 5 k
25 Supermans

3 x 1 min wall squats/ 10 squat jumps
Finish off: 2 minute plank

Second class 30 min:
Lots of drills with the big ball + 1 session of tabata abb drill (inspired by Rasmus, Thanks)
Finish off: 2 min plank

Thursday:
1 hour full drill with the company of a student from the girl class:
* 1 round of warm up on the bag
* Sweet 20-I actually grown quite fond of my elaborated Ross drill
(5 sets of 4 minutes pr set. Tabata style sets: 20 sec work/ 10 sec break)
– 1 set: Heavy bag work
– 2 set: Burpees (8 – 9 pr round)
– 3 set: Push Ups (12 – 16)
– 4 set: Squats (12)
– 5 set: Heavy bag work
* 3 rounds of explosive bagwork
* 100 teeps
* 200 knees

Evening: FIGHT CLUB – got to air the K-1 MAX Europe elimination show from Budapest, Hungary. Not that impressed with the level of the fighters – or maybe it was just not their night. Guy who won – Phillipe Salmon, had really heavy hands and very precise in his boxing, but sorry – can’t really see him against any of the K-1 MAX warriors like Kyshenko, Petrosyan, Holtzken, Buakaw. That would just seem a ridicules match up.
Also ‘La Nuit des Titans’ from Tours, France was aired. Unfortunately only 3 fights from this exiting France vs Thailand event. Anuwat and fellow thai fighter Sittichai (Sitpongpeenong) ended up in the finale, with Sittichai getting the win from the judges.
I hope the young nak muay send a thankful thought to the judges, it was really close fights, both of them – and I’m not quite sure, he was the true winner after the ordinary fight time against Pinca – and again in the finale against Anuwat. I actually think, Anuwat finished of the strongest.
Going to be interesting to watch with Liam.

– Oh yeah, and the cab drivers!! Whats with these people? Do they really hate everyone else, or do they have a bet going on how many bicycles they can run over in one shift?
I can almost picture it: Cab driver calling his hit n’ run into the central, ‘this is car 666, we’ve just had two more hits, that should put us in first place’.
Dam** – just because you’re in a Mercedes for a living all day, doesn’t make you special! At the most it makes you a lazy as* driver, who thinks he’s put on earth to rule the roads. News Flash!  It’s not cool to drive Mercedes when it’s not your own. Doesnt make you sexy and doesnt make you a good driver either. Just a lazy hazard!

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Strength workout 6 & return of the Fight Club

Today was an overall good day! Training wise and work wise 🙂

Started the day out by a boxing session with Johnny De Lima. It’s always a good way to start the day, and it’s never too hard, so there was energy left for more training after lunch. Boxing basically consisted of bagwork, shadow and 2 on 2 drills – finished off by 200 abs, 100 back and 50 push ups.

Johnny De Lima & me (Kessler being interviewed in the background)

Afternoon training – from the Ross Bible: Strength workout 6
* 2 DB Split snatch (3 reps, 5 sets) super set with
* 2 DB Push press (3 reps, 5 sets)
* 1 arm DB bench press (5 reps, 4 sets) Super set with
* 8 depth plyometric push ups (4 sets) +
* Wall Squats (hold 1 minute) (4 sets)+
* 10 Jump Squats (4 sets)

Plyometric push up with clap

Due to my injured wrist, I chose not to do the to first DB drills. Instead I did 1 x 5 Clean & Press with 7.5 kg DB and 6 x5 10 kg DB. (One arm at the time)
Also for the depth plyometric push ups, I had to revise the drill, and instead doing 16 fast push-ups. My 1 arm DB bench press was done with 10 kg DB. As long as my wrist are fragile, I rather stay training with little or no weight, than go crazy in kilo-… but have to admit, it’s a bit boring thou.

Wall squats and squat jumps are easy peasy (sort of). I do it with my class in Fitness.dk: All girls and all good and strong!! No problems in that. For my later afternoon training, I had to teach the girls class in Siam. I’ve started the class out on a low-level, but will slowly drive them up. Today we did about 100 push ups throughout the class. I bet, none of them would think, they could ever do this.

SLAMM 6 poster

Evening ended at Eurosport, commentating this years second Fight Club! Fantastic evening, with pure awesomeness: Andy Souwer vs Masato from Dynamite event, and four fights from the awesome SLAMM 6, Holland vs Thailand.
Excellent fights – and what a pleasure to be showing pure muay thai fights on Eurosport.

And so explosive cocktail: The dutch style vs thai style. A viewing pleasure for all fight fans. Yodsenklai – Bourdif was main fight – and so cool. Yodsenklai came in with these small uppercut elbows, that just cut up between Bourdifs guards. Ring Generalship!!

Uppercut elbow

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