It’s been a long time since I’ve updated either of my Tumblrs. I get bored with these things pretty fast. Most people seem to use Tumblr as a twitter type thing, so it gets annoying and overwhelming being on here sometimes. A few changes have occurred since last I updated. I have switched to a Paleo diet, I allow myself a couple cheat meals a week since I’m doing it for health reasons. I’ve felt pretty amazing on it, and I can feel the difference with every meal I eat. Actually I cheated one weekend and got food poisoning from it. Worst experience ever.
I find myself being very lazy with training though, and only working out a couple times a week for a few hours. This is nothing compared to what I was doing. I very much intend to getting back into it though. I miss my muay thai family and my friends. I seem to see no one at all if I am not training regularly.
I feel like I am growing, or at least trying to grow. Ive been thinking about the past a lot recently and realize how much of a fuck up I have been to people I had cared about. I hear good things about the lives of some of these people and it makes me smile, though also feel a bit empty. I am my own worst enemy, its something I need to fix.
I’m going to try and keep this blog updated, I have plenty of adventures to get to.
I have to lose about 10 lbs within the month to make fight weight for the WKA’s. So its about time to diet.
I generally try to eat healthy.
Actually thats a lie, I eat a whole lot of sweets (I could live off of ice cream), and i love the hell out of carbs.The healthy things I do eat though I eat often and numerously. So it wasn’t all TOO hard to change over to my fight diet. Basically what I am doing is cutting out most carbs, I have to keep the carb count low throughout the day so no breads, grains, pasta, etc. Actually pretty much cut out anything that is processed. Put simply, this is my diet.
I have to eat about 6 meals a day, which can be a problem. I also have to count calories but it’d really not so bad. I will never understand why people can say losing weight is hard. I have almost no fat to lose but I somehow manage. Just do your research. Keep in mind I am not going to cut all 10 lbs through diet. Most of it is going out in the sauna.
For some reason I’m finding it hard to focus on these upcoming fights. Im training; though not as hard as I would like to be, I am not getting the sleep I should, and I’m not taking the time to reflect on what I am going to do. I think the stress in my life is starting to mentally build up and create a wall in my brain. I’ve got 10 lbs to lose, it shouldnt be too hard most of it is water weight and I have over a month. so thats not too much of a problem I have to worry about. I would very much like to change my diet though and live a bit healthier. Gotta lay off chocolate…
Regardless I have been holding down anything in my head about the fights that are not good thoughts. We often use “good thoughts” as a saying in muay thai, it easily translates over into anything in life. Its something I need to start living by.
I think that Muay Thai is a bit different to mentally prepare for then most sports. There arent too many sports that you go into absolutely knowing that someone is going to try and will succeed at punching you in the face, break your ribs with kicks, or obliterate your organs with knees. Even in MMA, where Muay Thai is widely used; its easy to avoid this and drop levels to move into grappling. In Muay Thai its two people, who weigh the same. Have trained the same amount (hopefully). Trading blows.
I have heard it said that Muay Thai isnt about avoiding hits. Its about taking a hit, and being able to return the favor. Well heres to finally getting my head where it belongs, And returning a couple favors in the next few months.
The Stone Tower Trail is located somewhere in the bible belt of Pennsylvania, which is apparently all of the state minus the Philadelphia Region. It took us almost 4 hours to find this place, due to some awkward directions and us having absolutely no idea where we were going. So by the time we arrived it was already getting sort of late. The trail as a whole is supposed to be about 8 miles, we decided to see how far we got before the sun started to set. As it turns out, the entire first couple miles of the trail is fairly steep and rocky. Despite our usual “gung ho” pace, it slowed us down greatly. We were able to at least reach the stone tower, which is a supposed ventilation system that was built for the old coal mine underneath our feet. We saw some really cool spots to camp and we plan on headed back in spring time for the full thing. So until then, heres what we got so far.
I absolutely do not update this thing as much as I should/want to. So Im gonna start picking it up a bit. A couple weeks ago I went to watch Kru Rigel Balsamico and Justin Greskiewicz fight, Both had amazing TKO’s and boosted the name of Cool hearts muay thai to another level. You dont see too many Kru that still fight and it was amazing to watch, very exciting. Heres a couple pictures of the fights themselves. Just a warning, the camera on my phone is AWFUL and doesnt pick up things that move so in order to have your picture taken you have to stand perfectly still for 15 minutes as if you are a civil war general.
Pablo and I traveled to Northeastern Pennsylvania this past weekend to do an overnight on the Thunder Swamp Trail System. The trail head starts on PA Route 402 just west of Bushkill Falls. Weather was nice, though a bit warmer then I would have liked on the first day and we started the hike after noon. The trail itself varied greatly and kept us on our toes because we never knew what kind of terrain we’d be hiking just ahead. It varied from easy-going open trails to thick bushwacking, and from Rocky hills to lowland swamps. We felt very secluded and saw very little amount of people. The delaware state forest is absolutely beautiful and every now and then we would catch glimpses of the Pocano mountains. This was my first overnight outing, also the first time ive used much of my equipment and everything went as well as I thought it would, if not better. We set up camp at a pre-existing site when we started to run out of light. The site looked as if it hadnt been used for a long time, we had to clear the area pretty well. We only did the first half of the trail, and hiked about 16 miles in total, I would absolutely love to go back and do the second half sometime before the end of the season. Highly recomended trail.
I want to start off by saying I have never had any particular interest in BJJ (No offense to any of my friends). I just didn’t have much interest in any form of grappling at all. Yet I work at Maxercise, which has a very strong and rich history in Jiu Jitsu, almost every other BJJ school in the area came from ours.
Saturday was an in house tournament and I volunteered to help out, and they stuck me at a judges table. Let me just say that I have neither seen competitive BJJ, been to any BJJ tournaments, or even knew whatsoever how the scoring system worked. I was thrown under the bus so to speak. Throughout the course of the day I kinda figured things out, and discovered a new found respect for the art. Its much deeper and complicated than I first thought.
So I decided that since I have the resources I should give Jiu Jitsu a try. Today was my first class, we worked on passing and I stayed after to roll around with a couple people. The cardio is something entirely different then it would be for Muay Thai, I was finding myself getting pretty tired while rolling. My muscles are all achy as I type this. It was definitely very engaging and I am absolutely going to pursue it, maybe not as frequently as I do Muay Thai but I definitely give the art full respect in all regards.
Every practitioner of Muay Thai knows that it is a dangerous sport. I myself have broken my nose on several occasions, broken foot bones, and permanently damaged my knees and elbows. Never have I ever felt actual danger when in the ring or on the mat though, and absolutely never in my lifetime would I have imagined anyone could be fatally injured in the ring. Monday, July 26th Adrienne Simmons passed due to her injuries sustained during the IKF Kickboxing Tournament over the weekend. This is a very tragic event, but just keep in mind thats what it was and learn from it. Here is a bit of the email that I received this morning that I feel was the most important and meaningful.
"She was a dedicated Nak Muay Ying; she took the silver medal in this tournament in 2008; and she had the heart of a lion and wouldn’t quit. It is important for people to understand that Muay Thai as a sport is not barbaric, and does not readily put lives at danger. All who compete and love the sport understand the risks and take them willingly in order to attain something from this sport that nothing else can give them. Chike, Adrienne’s boyfriend, commented on WFTV that Adrienne fought because, “she wanted to feel stronger, because in past she hadn’t felt so strong.” The sport of Muay Thai inspires so many to be better people and to learn about themselves. Anyone who has any experience in the Muay Thai community knows that Muay Thai is not meant to kill or maim. Muay Thai is meant to express beauty and dedication, for self-actualization. So many people take so much from this sport it would be unfair to label it based on the terrible events of the World Classic Weekend. The risks are known, and we will keep fighting. We will always remember Adrienne Simmons and we will learn from her. Remember MMA fighters, Judokas, Jiu-jitsu fighters, Nak Muays and Nak Muay Yings…when you are broken and beaten, when you feel like quitting, you remember not only Adrienne Simmons’ courage, but every champion’s courage who paid the ultimate price in the ring for us to learn from. Adrienne would never have quit and for all those who enter the ring, or the cage, honor her memory by behaving the same. Never give up, and always learn."
Heres an entry from the rest of his trip. His fight is also online now and Ill post that in a minute, in the next entry. Pretty Inspiring I would say. I need to save up and head over there, I feel thats the next step I have to take in my training. Oh well, Sorry Xbox 360 slim and Kinect; Your gonna have to wait I need to save up for Thailand.