Wondering what to expect from a boxing class in Manila? I'm going back to the basics to give a full rundown of my experience.
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
An interview with Mario Yokoyama of myBJJ in Camperdown
And we're rolling! I've been back in Sydney for a few weeks now and earlier this month I took a trial class at myBJJ, an international Brazilian jiu-jitsu school founded by Mario Yokoyama and headquartered in Camperdown. I had been referred here by Petros Menelaou, a fellow patron of Darkside Gym and an instructor in… Continue reading My Amateur MMA Journey, Part 17: A Trial Class at myBJJ
No martial arts gym I've been to has given me a full of as valuable an experience as Darkside Gym in Sydney.
The MMA training was great. Right off the bat, we jumped into sparring drills with mouth guard and shin pads.
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
The best and worst of living outside the borders of your citizenship.
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