Its been a while since i've posted, and I must admit, I wish my posts had been a bit more consistent up until this point.
Whats changed? Well a fair bit i guess. I last posted in January about how I was struggling to cope and how all the training was taking a physical and mental toll on myself. Since then i've adjusted my training a bit. I now attend MMA class 4 times a week, train parkour 1-2 a week and lift when I can, usually after beginners class on a Monday.
Training looks a little like this -
Monday - MMA - Weights.
Tuesday - Flexibility
Wednesday - MMA
Thursday - Rest
Friday - MMA
Saturday - MMA - Parkour
Sunday - Rest - Maybe some light Parkour
Its pretty hectic on top of a part time job but I'm away from school now - more on that later.
The MMA training has paid off, and i've since my last post had two chances to test myself.
Once in June against Jet Harris from Tei Karate (see below)
Jet Harris proved more a mental test than physical, it was my first fight, he was bigger than me, older and looked like the kind of guy people would cross the street to avoid. When that bell rings though, i tend to become emotionless, neither angry nor afraid.. just ready to do what I need to do. Luckily this paid off and 1:42 into the first round I caught my opponent with an arm bar.
My second chance to test myself was in August, I was much better prepared, despite taking the fight on 12 days notice. I had none of the pre-fight nerves I had before, and was excited just to get going. I was fighting against Jamie Leslie, a fighter from Edge MMA. I caught him fairly early on and despite his resistance on an arm bar and a close escape I caught him with a rear naked choke after 59 seconds into the first. Improving my previous fight time and passing what I expected I could do. (see below)
My time with Team Jigoku has been amongst the happiest i've been my entire life, and im truly grateful that i've has the chance to train with everyone in the team, especially the Saturday boys (you know who you are) and also had the opportunity to train with Marc Howes, the coach, and pretty much the father of the team. Both his knowledge and skills is vast, and his fitness is incredible, amongst the best in the class with the average age of about 22 despite him being 50. I hope im half as fit as him when im that age.
Unfortunately my time of being able to train with Team Jigoku week in week out is limited, but as every door closes another opens. I have been accepted by RSAMD (Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) to do Contemporary Performance Practice. The audition process was both fun and stressful, luckily I was lucky enough to gain a place in the Academy, so end of this month im off to Glasgow for uni.
After allot of thought i decided that I would never like to see myself as part of another MMA team, as i stated before Team Jigoku means so much to me and has helped through more times and more reasons than you would believe. Therefore I have decided to work on individual MA's, possibly Muay Thai to begin with whilst in Glasgow and train MMA with Jigoku outwith term time. This will allow me to address weaknesses, possible compete in individual MA's and still be able to represent Team Jigoku in MMA. I was fortunate enough at my last fight to receive some good information on clubs and invites to train with people which will help a load.
Parkour wise, for those who know Scottish Parkour, will know that Glasgow is our traceur capital. I will be training with allot of guys ive met there previously such as Chris Grant, Zeno, BJ Lange, David Mcfayden and for the first week Blane (all of which have excellent blogs I would recommend you check out). So that wont be affected.
Anyway, this post has reached its end, ill address individual thing from now on as they happen instead of getting to the stage of making a 6 month update.