So I looked on my Facebook memories app today and it showed me something I knew was coming up. My one year anniversary since my first ever Muay Thai session.
What an awesome year it has been!! It’s crazy how much I have come on as a person since first stepping into Northern Kings!! Credit to Craig, Linda, Juan and the whole gang over at NK for being so welcoming and warm!
As someone who was totally new to the sport and had never really done anything in respect of a combat sport it was totally alien to me but since then I have met some wicked people, started this blog, had 3 interclubs, met and spoke to some massive names in the sport and also learnt one or two Muay Thai techniques. I never imagined that a year down the line Thai boxing would be such a big part of my life.
So much has changed in this year, I have been married, I now have a child on the way, I have changed roles at my job and began a new venture with people I have met through doing the blog (PunchLine Fights) but to sum up what has really changed is my outlook on life and I have Muay Thai to thank for that!
I have learned that, if you put your mind to it, anything is possible and the blog is evidence of that. Since beginning the blog, I had planned it to be just a documentation of my experiences and training journey, which in essence is exactly what it is but it has opened a door for me to start something which really has the potential to be something special.
I have also learned that your body is capable of much more than you could ever imagine. Not only taking punches, pushing yourself through the mental block to actually go to the gym but to push yourself further and further with a goal in sight. To one day be able to get in the ring and fight.
I am by no means close to fighting, I am still well over weight to fight but given the skills I have learnt in this year, if I get the weight off, I get the feeling that it wouldn’t be far from the accomplishable!
This post really is to people who are thinking about joining the Muay Thai community and to those who ‘don’t think they could do it’ or ‘I am too old.’ You are never too old. You can do it! If you read my previous post about having reasons to start Muay Thai then that will kind of put things into perspective.
It is something special. Something that will now be with me for the rest of my life. I intend to show my unborn child the life of Muay Thai and the way of a Nak Muay because it not only teaches you to be a special sort of person, it teaches you respect, perseverance and loyalty which are key characteristics for any person.
I look forward to many more years in the Muay Thai or the martial arts world in general. With my new site (which is in the process of being built at the moment) it is a Martial Arts magazine where I will be reporting on MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai and many more. I hope you head over and give the site a once over when I have got it up and running.
For now, this is me, I am going to have some spinach, chicken and brown rice and until the next time… Train hard, be respectful and share the love for Muay Thai.
Peace and love
Dom – MTBUK/PunchLine Fights