Recently, in my journey of exploring mixed-martial arts, I've switched from doing a bit of everything to going back to where I started and focusing on boxing. I've done so for a few reasons. For one, because I'm still jet-setting and haven't yet put down roots anywhere, I don't want to buy gear that won't… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 18: Why I Box
Summer is slipping away here in Sydney and I realized that I’d been here since December and had yet to have an Aussie surf.
You won't even find the word "and" in the title because, from a minimalist point of view, it's entirely unnecessary. How mindful of you to notice, in any case. I have a few things on the agenda for this post. First of all, I'm following up on my 24-day yoga challenge, which ends today. Other… Continue reading 2018: Mindfulness, Minimalism
When I was training at Bulldog Muay Thai, what probably impressed me the most was the almost unnatural flexibility of these great big bulky fellows. I can also say that the fighters at Team Lakay back in the Philippines, were extremely flexible: most of the guys I trained with could take their splits a whole… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 14: Yoga Challenge
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
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
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.
After getting quite literally crushed on Saturday, Sunday’s rest was much needed. It also gave me the chance to prepare for a demo class with an online English teaching company. You can read my evaluation of this and other such opportunities to earn an income from teaching online in my previous post. I… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 3: Getting Serious