My MMA Journey · Philippines

My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 12: Best of the Arts in Manila

It’s been almost a year and a half since I first stepped into a boxing gym for my first lesson. After about six months of that, I tried my hand (and foot, knee, elbow) at Muay Thai for a few months, before taking a break for a trip to Australia. Upon returning to the Philippines,… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 12: Best of the Arts in Manila

My MMA Journey · Philippines

My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 8: Yaw-Yan, Jiu-Jitsu, and My New Gym

In all honesty, I've been a bit slow in picking up my MMA journey since returning to Manila. Maybe I miss the training at Lakay or the fresh mountain air. Perhaps the inferior Manila diet is what's been leaving my body feeling drained, or perhaps it's purely emotional. A lot has happened in the past… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 8: Yaw-Yan, Jiu-Jitsu, and My New Gym

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My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 7: URCC XXX

  Last night, four champions defended their titles in stunning fashion at URCC XXX at the Araneta Coliseum.     This was my first time attending a live MMA or fighting event of any kind, in fact, and I was not disappointed by the action.     I arrived just in time to see the… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 7: URCC XXX

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My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 5: Wrapping up my trial at B.A.M.F.

It is almost 5 pm; my bus should be leaving soon. I’m heading back up to Baguio after three eventful days in Manila. As you may have read in the first part of my MMA journey, I started my 30-day free trial at B.A.M.F. (that’s Bad A-word Mother F-word) back in July but only got… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 5: Wrapping up my trial at B.A.M.F.

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My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 4: Back to B.A.M.F.

Yesterday, after an excellent session with substitute-trainer JB at Lakay, I picked up my laundry, packed my backpack, and got on a bus to Manila. You may recall mention of our seven-hour bus ride up to Baguio. Even though the city is less than five hours away by highway, regular buses get off the highway about… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 4: Back to B.A.M.F.