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Amsterdam III

Back in Copenhagen, it’s always nice to dream away. And as I’ve been going back in time, to write my piece on Lucien Carbin for World Muaythai Magazine, I just remembered my new lost friends in Amsterdam. Didn’t really got around to name them, cause they constantly moved – so sometimes I wasn’t sure, if it was one of their cousins, that moved in. But managed to snap a few photos of them:

They don't look big here, but they were!!!

Not and Afraid sitting in the corner

And NO!! They didn’t crawled under my skin and laid eggs!  Liam and Rich – bad boys for teasing me. Was really not that funny!!

Asides from that, we were a strange little bunch of people – gathered just to train with Carbin. Rich – a friend from UK/ Phuket, Liam (boyfriend from Ireland) and me (Banana girl from Denmark). Like my two earlier posts says, training was much more challenging than from what I’ve ever tried before. In lots of aspects, way tougher than Thailand, and I have to agree with Rasmus Zøylner – friend from Siam Gym – that after a certain point, one would learn more from training in Holland, than the usual trip to Thailand.

Thailand is great – but if you have a lot of fight experience and got your basics down – Holland is the place to take your skills to the next level. Maybe not all of Hollands gyms – but Carbins Fighting Factory, Golden Glory, Pancration, Mike’s Gym etc. They all have world-class fighters! Also – dutch fighters works a lot on the angles and not only focus on power, as the thais. Which makes it good – like Lucien says: Mix it up!
And to top it off – the dutch have always been a nation of fighters. No matter who in the martial arts world you talk too: Taekwondo, karate, Jiu jitsu, boxing – they all know the dutch reputation – which is kind of odd, one would think they would take it more easy in Am*dam city, hehe 😉

Am*dam btw definetly still one of my favorite cities in Europe!  Only had a brief encounter with the city this time thou, as more important things were on the menu for this trip (read: Training and learning new stuff!!). Guys for some reason didn’t have the same feeling about the city. Tried talking to both Liam and Rich about the splendid architechture in Am*dam, but could just as well, has been talking about the Bridget Jones Diaries – didn’t really get any respond. Odd!

Anyway – back home and single girl for a while, its back on training and stuff… (work). Had a great training in Siam yesterday evening, and felt good enough to join Johnny De Limas morning box today. 1½ hour of boxing – really good, just to focus on the hands. I’ve noticed over the last couple of months, that my speed in the combos has slowed down. (If training in Amsterdam, I’m sure they would pick up, cause the combos are so crazy – and he (Lucien) wants them with speed). So being back in a straight boxing class felt very good and needed.
Did try out some combos, and it went surprisingly good.

Later today its the teaching marathon in ABC! Looking forward to see all my superwomen and men again!

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Talk back

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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.

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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!