Interview with Phill Shedden. One of the promoters of ‘The Main Event’

I recently spoke to one of the top promoters in the UK in the run up to possibly one of the biggest shows going at the moment. If you know about Muay Thai in the UK then I am almost certain you will have heard of this guy. His name is Phil Shedden, he is one of a team of three promoters that promote and put together the ‘The Main Event’ show, which will be happening on the 23rd May at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham. This is going to be one of the biggest shows the UK has seen! With the likes of Stephen Meleady, Chad Sugdan, Greg Wootton, Daniel McGowan, Andrew Lofthouse, Michael Wakeling, Dean James, Panicos Yusuand and many many more!

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If there is going to be any show to go to, it is going to be this one! I will hopefully be making the journey down, if you would like more information regarding tickets just give me a shout and I would be more than happy to help as would Phil, you can contact him on the details at the end of the interview!

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Well with no further ado, lets get cracking with it. Let me introduce to you a man who needs no introduction in the Muay Thai world. Mr. Phil Shedden!

Q. What sparked your interest in Martial Arts/Muay Thai?
A. Split up with an ex and had nothing else to do! Starting training, never looked back

Q. How do you see Muay Thai, K1, kickboxing developing? Is it something you think is on the rise?
A. Muay Thai will explode in the next couple of years. We are working tirelessly towards that aim with The Main Event and I am 100% confident that the sport will be on mainstream TV in the next 5 years.

Q. Who or what is your inspiration to do the things you do?
A. I just love the sport mate. It’s entirely changed my life in so many ways and I really want it to go all the way.

Q. Are you big on goal setting to have something to work towards?
A. Yes we wont stop until Muay Thai is where it deserves to be

Q. What does a normal day look like for you?
A. Depends what stage the planning is up to really. As you get closer to event week it can get pretty manic!

Q. Have you ever been to Thailand to experience life over there? If so, what was it like?
A. I haven’t been. The guys from the gym I used to co-own went twice a few years ago. However I had a serious injury from a previous fight and was just getting back into being able to do any training so it wasn’t worthwhile me going. I will go over at some point in the future though

Q. Could you ever see yourself doing something different?
A. Nah, I enjoy promoting and seeing progress for the sport. I have a few other interests but in terms of promoting, no, we’re here for the long haul

Q. What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome? Looking back, is there anything you would do differently? Is there anyone you would like to thank?
A. Too many to mention really. Every show brings it challenges. Our last major show we suffered pretty badly with pullouts, close to event day too so it was bad times, very stressful. Generally the challenges are weeding out the bullshitters, as there are plenty of them around, and avoiding them, not relying on them for anything. Unfortunately that comes with trial and error so you have to be stung before you realize who they are but that’s the same in anything really. Too many people to thank, the people who matter already know they matter.

Q. Do you think certain personality traits are essential for being a Muay Thai fighter?
A. Definitely. Having only had a handful of fights early on I didn’t get to experience some of the stuff fighters go through, certainly at a higher level. But having been around the sport a fair while I can tell you that discipline, determination and heart are the 3 most essential attributes you have to have. Without all 3 you might as well not bother. The rest comes after those 3.

Q. Have you made any sacrifices to get where you are today?
A. Absolutely loads. But I wouldn’t change a thing (in terms of Muay Thai)

Q. Do you ever hit a wall where you think you can’t do what it is you want? If so, how do you overcome it?
A. Yes, sometimes. Sometimes it can get on top of you and you just need to take a bit of time off. Can be a day or a week, depends, and then you get back on it. Everyone deals with stuff differently don’t they but for me a couple of things keep me going; my love of the sport and desire to see it succeed and the shoving it in the face of the people who bad mouth us and wish us to fail. Combined, I don’t think there’s any more inspiration needed J

Q. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
A. By career I presume you mean events? Difficult to say, each one has been both enjoyable (and not enjoyable) and successful in different ways. The Main Event in 2012 is probably, in many people’s eyes, the best Muay Thai event this country has ever seen, still. Pivotal fights took place, we had the record attendance there, the feedback was incredible and the buzz around it all was intense. But for us it was a nightmare backstage, although the paying spectators didn’t see that. The Point show in November 2013 was top I really enjoyed that one. The USN show in June 2014 was great, despite the pullouts we managed to put on a great card, increase the attendance to a new record and try some new stuff that we hadn’t done before. So I couldn’t really pick a ‘highlight’, each one has had its highs and lows.

Q. Any advice or words of inspiration to people wanting to join the Muay Thai community?
A. Do it. You’ll never look back

Q. Is it essential to have other like-minded people who are a part of the sport around you to help you?
A. Yes, of course. You’ve all got to be aiming for the same goals or you’ll never achieve anything

Q. What sponsors do you have? How did you get them?
A. We are lucky enough to have very loyal sponsors and partners around us and some incredible people involved. Sandee has been with us from day one and continues to play a major part in what we do. BANNED Fightwear, our apparel partners, joined us in 2013. Recently we signed a deal with DMC Group, incorporating Ducati, KTM and Triumph Birmingham with our brand, which is a massive step forward for us. We have other people who we have worked with for a good while, like Protec boxing, who we have a great relationship with and a number other businesses and great people who support us.

Q. What is it like getting to meet and host some of the up and coming and best fighters?
A. It’s great; I’ve met some really genuine people in the years we’ve been doing this. Made some friends for life. Half of them are really unassuming, modest guys who you’d think wouldn’t have a fight in them then they get in the ring and they’re smashing people to bits, it’s ace. When I look back on the fighters we’ve had on our shows it makes me really proud of where we’ve come so far.

Q. Where and how do you see The Main Event developing over the coming years?
A. The Main Event will be the brand that catapults Muay Thai into the big time in the UK, it’s that simple. The sky’s the limit…

Q. Anything you would like to add before you go?
A. Yea, Id like to thank everyone whose helped get The Main event to where it is today. There’s dozens of people and they know who they are. Loads of people who are always there in different ways and whom it wouldn’t be possible without. Id also like to say that those within the sport in England who claim to want it to grow, get the mainstream exposure and pay fighters a decent living, it’s time to put up or shut up and start supporting those who are trying to make it happen. There’s hundreds and hundreds of clubs across the UK, if half of them made the effort to bring the students they are coaching to watch a top-level event, things would happen a hell of a lot quicker! Why wouldn’t you want to come and watch what you’re supposedly aspiring to achieve? The Main Event is on May 23rd, shows don’t get any better in this country than that – be there!!

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Well there you have it! Again, thank you to Phil for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer these questions! Massive respect to him and his team for all they do for the sport! Remember to head over to Facebook and Twitter to get more information on The Main Event and if you want more information on getting down to The Main Event, hit me up and I will sort you out with the information you need. Not that you need anymore than, you need to get down! You would be a fool to miss it!

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Thanks for reading! Take care and keep being awesome!

Peace love and respect to all! Dom – MTBUK

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Today we got to punch each other in the face!

Tonight training session was awesome! The first time in quite a long time where we managed to get a decent amount of sparring in! Before I divulge into tonights class I have a few things to brush over first.

I am going to be logging my meals so I know what I have been eating throughout my competition that I am having within the gym.

Breakfast wasn’t fantastic, while I was at home I had my morning green shake which had avocado, banana, Apple, cucumber, kale, spinach, watercress, a squeezed orange and a kiwi, it was probably one of the nicest ones I have made to date! I was running late for work so didn’t manage to get breakfast while at home, I picked up a breakfast wrap in sainsburys (I know, I know! Horrifically unhealthy!), for my 10 I clock snack I had carrot with houmous. Lunch was a spinach, watercress and rocket salad, with beetroot,Chicken, cucumber, pine nuts, tomatoes and a olive oil and squeezed lemon as a dressing. I had half of that for my 12 o clock lunch, with a protein shake and a spoon on cashew nut butter (which is totally spectacularly amazing!), then the same again at 3pm just a smaller portion. At 5 o clock I then had two bananas before I got to the gym and I’m not to sure if i will have anything when I get in. We will see.

I also have an announcement! I have another interclub coming up in 3 weeks! It is down in Leeds at a gym called The Bad Company Gym! It is a highly respected gym in the area, there have been some very good fighters come out of the gym! There are two that spring to mind, one being Yokkao world title contender Liam Harrison! And also the Yokkao world champion Jordan Watson! I am so pumped for it! It should be a wicked experience going down and seeing things down there!

The training tonight was a wicked session! We managed to get a decent amount of sparring in, which is totally wicked. I love a bit of sparring. At first, we was drilling with one attack, it could have been any attack, punch, kick, knee, anything. We did this one for one. Making sure we were using our fakes and feints, taking as long as we needed to ensure that the strike would land. After that it was one of my favourite sentences within the gym… “Gum shields in!”

We then began the 20 minute sparring session. It’s funny, because I remember when I first started doing Muay Thai, when we were doing sparring I was so tense! It tired me out so quickly, I got so gassed that I just couldn’t go on and I began to psych myself out telling myself “I’m not going to be able to do this,” or “I can’t keep on going!”

What I realised this weekend is that I was a lot more relaxed. So much so that I was trying to think about each strike I was doing. Granted this was a sparring session with a group of my friends and training partners, it might be a little different with a stranger in a different city. Every time I go into the gym I learn something different. Take something new from the experience!

I listened to a podcast this morning by Sean Fagan with a guy who was talking all about the spiritual side of training and about how becoming a yoga instructor helped him with his training and becoming a trainer. I love listening to that sort of stuff, learning about how quieting your mind to a place where you can think about what you are doing, learn from your mistakes and in turn become a better person, or Muay Thai fighter!

Granted I am a long way off from becoming a fighter but it is one of my longer term goals of training. Having at least one fight and I will feel as though I have achieved something I never thought I could! To be fair, Muay Thai has opened up so many things for me, this blog, the people, Twitter, facebook, training, events… All things I never thought or seen myself doing even this time a year ago.

Not to get all nostalgic and soppy on you all, I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to be able to be here, do the things I do. In time, hopefully it will become something more.

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Sleep IS important!!

I didn’t appreciate the healing power of sleep until last night! Being the first week back at training this week it has been pretty hard going so far! Enjoyable but hard going! The Strength and Conditioning class has now moved to a Monday, which is good because it means that between Monday and Thursday there is a bit of rest and also that it gives us opportunity for another class which happens to be a Clinch class!

So i was in the gym on Monday and Tuesday, now after Monday I could barely walk. To say I could barely walk would actually be an understatement! I was so stiff it was unreal! I thought that I would power through Tuesday and hope for it to get better. Which I did, power through I mean, as for getting better. Not a bloody chance! The amount of squats we did on Monday totally did me in!

After the gym on Tuesday I was feeling pretty good actually, while I was still warm… The more I cooled down after the class the worse the pain got. Now I was hoping to get to the gym on Wednesday, I took my gym bag and started the day with every intention of going, even though I was in a lot of pain. I mean so much so, when I dropped a pen at work, I just left it there because that simple task of picking up a pen became the worlds most difficult task that I didn’t fancy at all!

So after work on Wednesday, I hobbled my way to the station to get the train home. Which I did and all was peaceful. My wife doesn’t finish work until 11pm this week as she is working the late shift, so when i got in, did the normal thing, get a shower, get food and then get on the sofa, I was on the sofa for about an hour and I looked at the clock on my laptop and it read “9:00pm” I thought to myself “is it too early to go to bed?”

Now, I love my sleep! So much so that at 9pm I decided to hit the hay. I woke up when the wife came in for about 5mins, mumbled something that resembled “hello!” then rolled back over to sleep. It was possibly one of the best nights sleep I had had in a very long time. I don’t know what it was that made me sleep so well last night but it was great!

I woke up this morning feeling all kinds of refreshed and definitely ready to get back into the gym! I was still a little sore but it didn’t have a patch on how I felt the day before, which was fantastic!! So I had a good day at work, pretty standard really, throughout the day all I had been thinking about is getting to the gym. Does anyone else do that? When doing something Muay Thai pops onto the mind and you begin top envisage doing a flying knee into a customers face, or teeping them straight in the teeth.

I do often wonder what my life would be like if I hadn’t discovered Muay Thai and the Northern Kings Gym in Newcastle. I guess it would be the same as life was before I met my wife, mundane and boring but when I met her it totally changed my mindset and perception on what was important, which is exactly what Muay Thai has done for me!

It has definitely become my second wife and is definitely one third of my soul mate! Which makes doing this blog and documenting my Muay Thai experience every bit more enjoyable! Which in fact brings me onto my next point. Training tonight.

It was a good session, it was a beginners class and we had a few newbies in so it got stripped right back to basics, which honestly, I absolutely love doing. There is a quote that I have seen somewhere on the internet which I think is very fitting, I’m in now way taking and credit for the quote but I can’t remember where it originated but it went a little something like this…

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” – which I soon found out was Bruce Lee when I googled it to confirm I was writing it correctly.

I think this is very very true, which is why I think I enjoy the stripped back classes as much as I do, you get time to practice all techniques. We starting with a jab, back leg kick. We drilled that with our partners for 3mins, switched and then for the second round did it again for another 3mins. For the third round we did the jab then the teep, again 3mins and switched and did another three rounds.

After that we worked on countering the attack, so for the leg kick we worked on catching the kick, we didn’t go onto the next step from that just went to there, we drilled that for 3mins then after that we worked on either catching the teep or taking a step back and getting out of the way of the teep.

So all in all it was a pretty basic session but we got to thrash it on some pads for the best part of 45mins which is always good fun! The one thing I would like to do a little more of is sparring, I am thinking of asking a couple of the lads if they would like to kick about after the class has finished and have a few rounds of sparring after one or two sessions in the week. Which would be pretty fun!

So that’s it for today really. Feeling much better now after the long sleep yesterday and felt pretty good in the gym today which is always a good feeling. I am going to have to start running again to help shift this weight that I have hanging over me at the moment but other than that, I think in a few weeks time after I have been to a few more sessions I will be back feeling to what I was before I took the time off.

Thanks again for reading, the support on twitter, instagram and facebook has been insane! I can’t quite believe the support the blog is getting! So for that I will be forever thankful!

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Thank you again!

Hope you are all well, see you all on the flip side!

Peace! – Dom – MTBUK

The beginning of “Mission Lodge”

I don’t even really know where to start with this one really… it was the first session back training today and mission lodge has officially began!

There is a story behind mission lodge so I will explain as it will become something of a focus of mine over the course of the next few months. in about October/November time I had acquired the nickname ‘Podge’ because of my big bones and thick set. basically, I’m fat ha ha.

Something I embrace and hold my hands up to. Something I have wrote about in previous blogs, I am sure! So whenever I needed motivating when doing a session with Craig he would always play the Podge card…

“C’mon Podge” he would say “Can’t slack now Podge!”

It did actually work, so Podge was my name… towards the end of the year I was commenting on something via Facebook or some other social media site and I had made a typo… I can’t remember it word for word but it mentioned Lodge instead of Podge.

So by Lodge it means lean podge, Lodge! I love it ha ha! So now that the new year is here and I am on a mission to get the excess weight shifted so I can begin to compete! So “Mission Lodge” has began!

All the lads now are in a position where they are getting fights lined up and a little bit of me is quite jealous because it is something that I really want to be able to do.

To be honest I aren’t in any rush to do so, I want to be ready both mentally and physically. Which I am sure I will be in time. What I keep reminding myself is, I have only been training for 8 months so not long at all really! Muay Thai has quickly become a massive part of my life!

Training tonight! Wow! To say it hurts would be a fucking massive understatement! I haven’t really trained properly since the end of November so it has been like a full month since I’ve had to really push myself! I have ate awfully, not exercised at all and just generally been quite lazy which is why the blog kind of took a back seat too and i am now weighing in at 97kg!

The training session though, we had two sessions tonight, strength and conditioning and also a Thai/K1 class. The S&C was more of a technique based class working on technique on basic exercises like goblet squats, press ups, dislocates, pull a parts, wall squats etc but it was still really challenging! We did 10 sets of three exercises, goblet squat, push up and jumping lunges but each set would decrease in a number it went 10, 9, 8, 7, 6 and so on and so on with no rest.

Because it was the first session back it was really busy! One of the lads said give it a few weeks, there will only be 5 or 6 of us here, which is true, everyone is on a buzz at the moment to get back into training and i am sure it will soon pass for some but for me it will only kick into a higher gear!

After S&C it was the Thai/K1 session which I have been looking forward to! Since the first 10mins of the S&C sessions beginning I soon became very apprehensive because I was totally knackered but I managed to power through!

In the session we started on working on the overhand right as a slip from a jab! So we paired up, and got working on slipping the jab and returning with the overhand right then the left body as the first drill, then it was taking a step back then returning with the overhand and the left body again. After that we added kicks in.

So as our partner would jab we would do a right body kick followed by a left hook to the head. We drilled that for a few rounds and then went on to spar what it was that we had covered in the class. So we did one for one, but would mix it up by doing either the slip overhand right, left body shot or the right kick and then the left hook to the head.

We did that for about 15mins changing every 3mins. As an added extra we had to add a boxing combination on the end of whatever we did to put the K1 spin on it. It wasn’t to hurt our partner but to show that the work rate was up.

In the final 15mins of the classes the dreaded word got called out by Craig. “FITNESS!!!!” Uh oh!! Fitness!

So for this we had to do 20 squats, 20 squat jumps and 20 seconds isometric squat hold. Absolutely bloody horrendous! I was one of the last ones to finish but I was proud of the fact that I didn’t skip anything or didn’t miss any out. I made a point of following everything I was given through to the end!!

It felt good to be back in the gym! I am looking forward to being back in a good routine and getting into some sort of fit shape!

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Thanks for reading everyone, it means so much for the support I keep getting here at Muay Thai Blog UK. It really means so much! Hopefully I can bring you something that you find entertaining!

Peace and love and all the best for the coming weeks in 2015! Dom from MTBUK

Today has been a productive day for MTBUK

Hey Everyone,

I hope everyone has a good time over the Christmas period. Now that the festive celebrations have come to an end it is time to get things kick started.

I know I haven’t really posted recently and I apologise for that. I have had a various amount of things happening recently which means my Muay Thai journey has taken a back seat.

Now that the new year is here and I am pumped and ready to get back into my Muay Thai training I am so excited to get MTBUK back up and running and get the ideas in full swing.

I have been doing a few things behind closed doors, getting lined up to get all up in your grill when the time is right. The one thing that I will share with you though is the new logo that I have been working on. It is something that has evolved over a period of time to what it is now.

I am quite proud of it if I am honest and it might still change again in the future as the blog and the different areas of social media that I use change and evolve it might be that the logo changes too.

So here it is….

MTBUK logo

Please don’t forget that you can all catch me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for you mobile users, I also have a YouTube channel that I use or will use in the future once I begin to put things into play.

All you have to do is click the hyperlinks on the names of the social media site, head on over, give it a like or subscribe of follow which ever it requires you to do to keep up to date with all the stuff that I will be getting in your face very soon!

Again, thank you for the continued support of Muay Thai Blog UK and everything that anyone does means so much! Every like or follow or comment which you make is awesome and makes me feel as though I am actually doing something that means something!

Hope you all have had a fantastic time off and now hope you are all ready to grab the new year by the horns and give it a head kick into the right now!

Peace! Dom – MTBUK

Today’s Interclub was ace!!!

Yo yo!!! It’s Dom here from MTBUK!

Hows it going? Today’s interclub was totally amazing! It was such a wicked experience I don’t really have words to describe how it felt being in the ring but I will give it a shot!

First martin was on, he did so well. When i first began sparring, I did a few rounds with him and he was quite heavy handed, which was quite the eye opener for me! He did well in his round though! It was good that it was non-competative, that kind of put my mind at ease really. He was the first of us to go up out of the group of people that went with us from Northern Kings.

I was second to go up. I thought I had longer than I did but I had just got changed and finished wrapping my hands and then my name was called. they must have had a shuffle of the running sequence. Either way, I think it was a good thing because i didn’t really have time to psych myself out. I was totally nervous, I had been up and down all night last night because I was thinking about it quite a lot. When I got in the ring it kind of felt natural. All of the nerves went away and the adrenaline kicked in! Everything else in the room disappeared and all I could think about it was what was in front of me.

I think I did pretty well to say it was my first experience in the ring. It started quite slow, the guy who I was sparring with was a little taller than me and had a really mean old teep! Using both his back leg and his front leg. I got a little video that my wife recorded but she was quite far away and didn’t turn the phone on the side so it isn’t fantastic quality. By the end of the rounds we were going quite heavily. It wasn’t full 3 minute rounds, we did five 1 minute rounds which was just right for me and the level i am at currently.

I took a few heavy shots but I like to think I gave a few back. I managed to somewhat use my kicks to my advantage. I do have a lot to learn, that is a fact. Mainly on my defences!

The other lads did so well too! I was a proud team mate! I have got some videos that I am currently uploading to YouTube so I will put the link into my next blog when I manage to get them up because they are taking an absolute lifetime to do so!

The other lads utilised other skills needed in Muay Thai, some of the lads used the clinch a bit more whereas I was quite distant and used boxing and kicking. Andrew in particular was good in the clinch! That was good to watch. I guess a big part of getting in the ring is listening to your corner, it’s hard when you are concentrating so much on what you are doing and what your opponent is doing.

I love it! There really isn’t a feeling like it. Like I said, I will post the videos on here so you can see them all, let me know what you think of them :).

Finally I just want to let you know, the blog has had a lot of views and attention over the past 48 hours. I have doubled my views and subscribers. I have now made a YouTube channel to which I am uploading the videos, and the Twitter and Facebook I am using now too! Something crazy happened last night too! The Muay Thai equipment provider Sandee wrote to me on twitter and asked me if I might like to, one some point, like to write a guest blog post for them! WHAT!!! SANDEE, asking ME to write a post for them! I was totally Flabbergasted (love that word)!! Here is a link to their website, have a look at the stuff they can do for you, they stock all sorts of things you would need in your Muay Thai journey from gloves, shin pads, thai pads, bags, wraps you name it!! All very high quality products, all the items I use are made by Sandee.

Head on over to the pages, give them a like, follow, subscribing to. I will be updating each of the pages regularly with new content, trying to keep it fresh and stuff. I am in the process of creating a website so I have a decent place to share the blogs and let people share their thoughts and feelings with me too!

Thank you for all the support I’ve had so far! It means so much, again, if you ever have any questions, just give me a shout and I will reply as soon as I can!! Thank you again! Take care and I will be posting again very soon!

Peace! Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK

Just a quick one to let you know where to find me…

I primarily use twitter – at https://twitter.com/MuayThaiBlogUK  head on over to there and give it a follow. Any follow is greatly appreciated! It helps keeps you updated more easily, i share things from other people, motivational photos, quotes.

Facebook is used a little more sparingly. I am only just getting into using Facebook for this sort of thing –   https://www.facebook.com/MuayThaiBlogUK  –  this is where to find me on there. head on over and give the page a like, i am beginning to start using it a little more as i begin to get used to it.

Every reader means so much! From wherever you are in the world it is amazing really, how my words can reach that far across the world. I find it so empowering and kind of flabbergasting (i love that word!!) how just by the few clicks of a button my words and thoughts can reach so far so fast!!

But yeah, this place isn’t for a rant, this is for all things Muay Thai! Wish me luck for my interclub tomorrow!

Peace!! – Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK

What a session!!!

Hiya!!

What a fucking session today was!! Absolutely loved it!! I know I haven’t wrote about Thursday or Friday, I have the notes to get them written up but I will write about today’s coz I’m pretty pumped about it if I’m gonna be honest.

Today was a late starting session so there was myself and a few lads that went for a run before the class started. I managed to keep up with them for the full run, which to be honest, totally surprised me. We did about 3 miles, started from the gym and went down the quayside (in newcastle City centre), right down to the millennium bridge and back again. I was fucked!! Even before the class started I was ready to go home!!

We managed to have a little sit down before the class started and get hydrated again. We warmed up by doing some more jogging, side stepping in and out, 10 press ups, 10 sit ups, 10 squats three times round. Three rounds of shadow boxing to get the arms and legs warmed up.

Craig shouted after the warm up “Boxing gloves and gum shields in lads”… Fuck yeah!!

Started the session with some technical boxing. Which to be honest is my weakest area. So I knew this session was one to push myself in. We started with a a combination that was double jab right, then left hook right hand left hook right hand. The double jab right hand is used to get up close and in range to set yourself up for the longer combination.

The left hook right hand left hook right hand was used to make the defender get their guard up. When their guard is up we did two single shots, right uppercut straight right which lead into a double, left body left hook.

Craig had a good point in saying that, at this point the opponent is going to be throwing something back at you, so the defender was to throw a right hook, of which the attacker rolled and then did a four punch combo. Left hook, straight right, left uppercut, right hook. What a fucking combo. Loved it.

At first it took me a few rounds to get the hang of it. My partner, Mr Big Tom Brown, who deserves a special mention coz I said I would due to the fact that he was my first follower on Twitter, you can find me at @MuayThaiBlogUK , me and him have been coming roughly about the same time, I’ve maybe been coming a month or two longer than him but he had 6 weeks off due to injury but he is doing really well.

We worked on the combination together drilling it and adding on a little bit each time. It started, double jab, left hook right hand left hook right hand. Craig told us to think about them as separate combos. After the double jab right hand left hook right hand left hook right hand we added the two single shots, right uppercut straight right and then the double, left body left hook. Then we added the roll when the defender threw the right hook and then the four on the end, left hook, straight right, left uppercut right hook. After we did that for a few rounds, we switched partners and did the same drill.

The next part of the class was sparring. I love Monday sparring sessions!!

We were only to use boxing in the sparring session, we did 5 rounds switching partners in between each round. As I said earlier, boxing is probably my weakest area so I just concentrated in keeping my guard up and keeping moving, landing a few punches if I can. The main thing for me is keeping active, throwing more than just single punches and keeping my fucking mouth shut.

I am totally gassed when I am sparring, I mean, totally gasping for the next intake of oxygen. I have to have my mouth open to get enough air into my lungs but I catch a good few shots on the slack jaw and it fucking kills!! I guess I will learn, eventually. At least I know I don’t have a totally useless jaw.

After the five rounds of three minute sparring it was time to leave. And thank fuck for that. I was ready to give in!! I can definitely feel an improvement in my stamina/endurance since my starting training but I know I have a long long way before I can begin to fight.

I’m not in any rush to fight. I mean, I set out training to just get fit and meet some new friends, which I have done (or in the process of doing), but after I have accomplished that, only when Craig sees fit then will I ever want to take the step to get in the ring. I wanna be more than ready when I do though. I have about 10-15kg to lose to get down to a half decent weight but of that, it will be a long painful process!!

On another note, it was a big weekend for Northern Kings! We had a few fighters fighting this weekend and from what I have heard they were absolute wars!! First of all Mick Terrill fought in Geneva in Switzerland in SuperKombat and won!! When I get on the computer back home I will add the video from YouTube if I can. It went through all the rounds and he won on decision!

There were three of the lads fighting at Unity 3, Juan Cervantes, Gary Laws and Ben Ashby. Two of the three fighters won, Juan won an absolute WAR!! He went the full five rounds after taking a brutal elbow to the face which dislodged his eyebrow flesh. The lad he was fighting was a polish lad who was fighting out of a gym in Leeds, he took a flying knee to the chin which cut him up too!! I will add photos when I get back home on the computer so you can see.

Gary was fighting for a title, of which he won too and it was Ben that lost. The lad who was fighting Ben had apparently studied the way that Ben fought and won on points for the clinching side of the game.

I will add the photos and videos when I get back home so you can see them but I think that wraps it up for tonight. I will go home, have a protein shake and get myself off to bed and ready for another training session tomorrow!

Again, any question give us a shout, I have now made a Facebook account so you can keep a track of it on there and also and Twitter of which I will add the links so you can like and follow. Any questions about our training or anything really give me a shout and I will be sure to get back to you.

Thanks for reading!! Peace!!

Dom – Muay Thai Blog UL