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
An interview with Uro Pavi, founder and head coach of Darkside Gym.
With a little over two weeks remaining in Sydney, I've decided that I'd like to pick the brains of a couple of interesting locals for the inside scoop of everything from live music and the martial arts scene to permaculture and proactivism before I leave. For one, I've gathered lots of interesting snippets about pro and amateur… Continue reading Sydney through its Locals
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.
Now that I’m in Sydney for a few months enjoying the summer and holiday season with family, I’ve been looking for ways to keep up with my training and fitness.
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
Today I’m revisiting what I’ve learned at Team Lakay as I complete my final session and have a sit down with Coach Mark Sangiao to discuss the successes and secrets of his team.
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.