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

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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

A few thoughts on my experiences so far

When I’m training there is usually a few things running through my mind. One is predominantly “why the fuck am I doing this to myself” the others vary depending on what I tend to be doing during that session. I read somewhere that training should be horrible. Horrible to the point where when you finally take the step to get in the ring with someone it kind of takes the edge off a little bit. Not that fighting will ever be easy (I say that because I haven’t had a fight yet), I can imagine it gets somewhat easier as you gain more experience, as you begin to get your fight week routine down and get the nutritional side of things working for you too.

The other things that tend to run through my mind, say, when we are doing a drill exercise is breaking down every little movement that my body is doing to ensure that I get the correct compilation of muscle memory to be able to do it as a reaction rather than using a lot of my cognitive energy on concentrating on what I am doing. Making it become second nature basically, running through it that many times so you know it backwards.

The only way I can describe it in another way is because I play the guitar, when you learn a chord, it’s not easy to do. It feels totally unnatural to have your fingers pressing steel strings against the fret board which after a few hours practising begins to hurt (as training does), but as you do it more and more the easier the flow between different chords come and the easier it becomes to piece them together to make a song.

In a way I guess that’s how you could see Muay Thai, you are piecing together lots of different techniques, leg kicks, body kicks, hooks, uppercuts, teeps, the clinch, elbows, knees, combining them all to make… Well, a fucking war!!

From the time I have had in the gym, when I have watched the more experienced fighters sparring, it is a beautiful thing to watch really. The back and forth, every strike thought about and planned. Not an ounce of energy wasted on something that didn’t need to be done. They take a body kick to the left side of the body but then return straight away with a body kick and left hook.

It’s awesome, I love it. I remember in my first ever session, it was on a Tuesday. I was there a little early, I say a little early I showed up a few hours before the class because I had finished work early that day, the advanced class was on before the beginners class and oh boy was I in for a surprise.

Craig and Gordon were in the ring sparring and I shit my pants!! Craig is the owner of the gym and a retired professional fighter and Gordon is an A class fighter that has fought at lumpinee before. At that point it was a total set of mixed emotions, I am far from violent. I would do anything to avoid a confrontational situation and this world to me was totally alien. But when I saw them two in the ring, what I thought at the time was knocking the fuck out of each other, that was it… My Muay Thai journey began!!

I haven’t looked back. I can safely say that taking the step to train in Muay Thai has been the best decision I have ever made. One I wish I had made a long time ago. Saying that, because I have a lot of time to make up it just pushes me harder. In the short time I have been going to Northern Kings I have learnt so much about Muay Thai, myself and my inner strength. There is so much more to learn, one of the lads who I was training with tonight, called Tony Ellis who is also a fighter, came into the class, he had just come from another gym where he has been teaching a class.

What he said next I think will stay with me throughout my training and hopefully ‘fighting career.’ I said “you have gone from being the teacher to the student” of which he replied to me… “You will never stop being a student.” Which is so fucking true. If there is anything I have learned so far it is that there is always more to learn and I feel as though I don’t have enough hours in the day to soak up all the information I want to cram into my brain!!

Well I’m going to stop babbling now and let you get on with your day, I will update you later with the training that we got up to tonight. It’s another two hour session tonight, one hour of strength and one hour thai class. So watch this space.

Peace!! – Dom – Muay Thai Blog UK