I’ve hit one year training!!

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

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This is a really quick post

Hey! Like the title says, this is going to be a really quick post.

I am in the process of building something else to run alongside MTBUK, something that is able to hit a broader range of audience. It is going to have a different feel to it, rather than it being just me documenting my training journey, it is going to have more of a magazine feel.

So I am looking for people who have an interest in other combat sports, MMA, kickboxing, boxing, jujitsu, karate, tae Kwan do etc. with my knowledge of those subject being quite limited I am looking for someone who may be interested in helping get this venture off the ground.

It will be voluntary, as it will be a brand new thing, it will take time for it to gain the exposure to be able for it to take off but I do have a lot of ideas that MTBUK just can’t do for me. MTBUK will still be here, I will still be documenting my Muay Thai journey because I love doing this. 

I am going to invest a lot of time and effort into the both of these and all that is required from you is that you are keen and have an interest in whichever combat sport it is you choose to write about. 

If you would like more info, please drop me a line either in here or Facebook or to my email address and I will send you what I am thinking/envisioning for the journey. 

http://www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk or muaythaibloguk@gmail.com 

I would love to hear from you and bring you onboard. I think with the people that MTBUK had already reached there is a great opportunity for this new venture to be very lucrative once it takes off.

So please, get in touch if you fancy writing about a sport that you have a keen interest in. You will get the opportunity to speak to some of the biggest names in the sport, get your opinion out there and help people take the steps into the world of journalism and media!

Thanks in advance!

Keep being awesome and I look forward to hearing from you!

Dom – MTBUK 

 

A master class on the pads and a bloody nose!

Tonight’s session was amazing! I got totally pasted! I did two hours tonight… One hour strength and conditioning and then one hour Thai. Strength was a good session, we began by warming up doing pull aparts, dislocates and goblet squats 10 of each 2 times round. So was feeling pretty warm after that.

We were going for personal best on both back squat and push press. We began with push press, this is something I feel quite comfortable with, we started by doing 5 just with the bar, two sets of 5 with little weight on, 2×3 with a bit more weight on and then when the weight was up to a point where you were feeling the strain we went to one rep.

I was the only one in the group that was training that managed to get to 80kg, which is my PB at the moment but I did feel as though I could have gone a little bit further so I look forward to pushing that a bit further next time.

Next up was the squats, squats are something I feel at home with, I have quite big legs so I feel confident with it in general. We didn’t have time to go right to our limits but we got up to 100kg which is okay, it is over my body weight but I could have gone a lot further. Next time I look forward to getting to the point where I nearly shit my pants or I go really really red in the face!

After the strength class, which I really enjoyed, the actual thai class we did was awesome! It was a beginner class but it really pushed me to my limits today. Got to the point where my lungs were ready to totally collapse and just give in… But I digress. We began the class with a nice warm up, a little run around the mats, press ups, squats, burpees and sit ups, good solid warm up.

We were instructed to partner up as we were going to work on basic pad work, so I got myself a partner and got ready for the rounds to begin after Craig told us what we would be doing but just before Craig began telling us my partner was swapped and I was left without. So throughout the class getting told what we would be doing, I was looking around looking for someone to partner up with but I couldn’t find anyone.

When the rounds began I went to Craig and said I don’t have a partner, he said… Looks like you’re with me then! I was scared and excited at the same time! It’s ace doing pads with Craig and all the fighters really, don’t get me wrong, I just love pads in general but when the likes of Gordon, Gaz or Craig hold the pads for you, you can push yourself to another level. So yeah, we began just working on the singles and twos, jab, cross, jab cross, hook cross, cross hook. We did that for 3 minutes or so. It has been a while since I had Craig hold pads for me and to be fair I felt on really good form.

After the singles and twos we then began throwing in the defences, so he would throw leg kicks and hit me with the pads if my hands weren’t up after the combination. For the first few rounds, his leg kicks were being checked, he was getting me to get my weight on my front leg and then throwing the leg kick, which is ensuring that I am on the balls on my feet ready to check at all times I do have to say though that by the end he was definitely landing a few more of the leg kicks!

After that we introduced kicks into the mix. Kicking is my strongest point but at the same time, in sparring I have to be very weary of them because I can sometimes lose control and I hit a little harder than I would like to, I mean, I know when we are sparring that we are there to get a feel what it would be like in a fight or what it is like to actually get hit. So, when we introduced kicks to the round, this is when I seriously began to start gassing out. Craig loves to make you do 2, 3, 10 consecutive kicks and by the end of that alone I am ready to collapse never mind carry on into the round and keep my guard up, keep doing what he is calling all while remaining switched on to defend when necessary.

It’s awesome man, I love it! I was cursing him something rotten while we were in the rounds, even cursing him in between rounds! For the fourth round we threw in knees. So there was now, single punches, two punch combinations, kicks and now knees. Knees are something I don’t particularly utilise as much as I should do really, not for any particular reason but I intend to get using them a bit more. After all, it is called the art of eight limbs for a reason!

By this time I was totally gassed, struggling to breathe, keep up my guard, my technique had suffered, I’m sure I stroked the pad at some point because I just couldn’t punch with any decent amount of power and Craig just laughed at me then threw the pad at my face!

For the final round it was a free for all, do what ever the pad man wanted basically, any of the combinations that they want. It’s the kicks that take it out of you. It has been so long since I have just had a total pasting on the pads and to be fair, much to my surprise I fared up quite well! I felt fluid and relaxed and as though I was just having fun with it, while trying to concentrate on my breathing and just enjoy it! Which I have learned is key! Why else would I go there?

So after that everyone who had been holding the pads were about to switch and get to have a go on them, Craig told me that I was going to go on the bag and do some clinch work and I was happy with that, I haven’t really done much clinch, at all. Pete then came into the gym and wanted someone to spar with and Gordon piped up and said that I was free to have a spar with him!

Now to put it into perspective Pete is an ex cage rage champion and totally frickin’ awesome at clinch and is super fast. He is the nicest guy, really clever and totally an unexpected brute! He said to me in the changing rooms while I was grabbing my gum shield for me to take it easy on him because he is old… Me? Take it easy on him? I was totally up for a spar but after the pad work I was feeling a little bit tired and I was his ‘warm up’ before his clinch class.

It was good, he gave me a couple of good pointers to take away and try, like bringing your leg out as though you are going to kick but then at the last minute turning it into a teep, he also gave me a good point where your opponents shoulder position dictates what kick you should be using. So if they are square on to you, a teep would be suitable and if they are turned to the right (if they are orthodox) looking as though they are ready to give you a boxing then the back leg kick would be a good one because it would be very difficult for them to be able to check it and get it decently defended.

One thing he did show me is that my guard was down; after I had kicked him he came in with a right hand straight down the middle and popped my nose. Blood had a steady trickle for a few minutes. Since I got it punched the other week and it bled it has been a bit weak ever since that, I should really try and let it heal before the interclub but it doesn’t really hurt when I get hit in it, it just has a funny feeling and then begins to trickle. It is a strange sensation; I haven’t ever really been made to bleed before, not properly anyway.

So tonight was a bit of a master class really, I have to thank Craig and Pete for giving me a thrashing. There’s nothing better than getting a beating at the gym, leaving with your head held high knowing you did the best you could and looking forward to the next time you get back in there to blast your old PB or to work on the techniques you used and try and implement them in the sparring or pad work. It was the best session I have had in a long time!

I have a few projects in the making at the moment; I have made a pact to myself after listening to Sean Fagan’s podcast with Paul Banasiak that I am going to get at least one blog post per week. Be it, a fight review (of which the first one will be going live on Monday), documentation on my training or whatever it may be!

If you haven’t already, head over to Facebook and give us a like at www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk

I am also on twitter at www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk

You can find me at www.instagram.com/muaythaibloguk too.

Thank you for reading my babbling, I know this was quite a lengthy post but it feels good to be writing again, it is just a motivation thing for me really, actually setting the time aside to get it done! All you bloggers will know that it isn’t something that takes two minutes to blast one out.

Well head over to each of the social media sites and give us a follow and a like and also, don’t forget to head over to my interview with Phil Shedden one of the promoters of The Main Event which is one of the biggest shows in the UK at the moment and give that a read we touch upon a number of things that you may find interesting! You can find that here:

http://muaythaibloguk.com/2015/04/05/muay-thai-blog-interview-with-phill-shedden-one-of-the-promoters-of-the-main-event/

Thanks again!!

Keep training hard and keep being awesome!

Love and respect to all!

Take care – Dom – MTBUK

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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Further information a can be found at www.themainevent.media

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MainEventMT

Twitter www.twitter.com/MainEventMT

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!

If you want to find me on social media, you can find me at:

www.facebook.com/muaythaibloguk

www.twitter.com/muaythaibloguk

www.instagram.com/muaythaibloguk

And of course here at www.muaythaibloguk.com

Thanks for reading! Take care and keep being awesome!

Peace love and respect to all! Dom – MTBUK

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 WELCOME TO MUAY THAI BLOG UK!!

This is a place to come and talk about all things Muay Thai. Within this website you have ‘My Muay Thai journey,’ ‘My food journals,’ and much more content to come your way!!
I’ll give you a little information about me, my name is Dom, I am 23 and live in England, UK. I am training in the art of Muay Thai. It’s not something I have done for very long yet it has quickly become a massive part of my life!!
I train in a gym called Northern Kings in Newcastle upon Tyne under some excellent coaches, Craig Jose, Juan Cerventes and Pete Tiarks! It is a new gym, it has only been open just over a year. This by no means doesn’t mean it needs establishing. Craig (who is the head coach and owner with his wife Linda) is well known in the Muay Thai world in the UK and internationally.
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Juan is number 2 in the UK at his weight and is definitely on the way up to do some amazing things! He is (depending on when you are reading this), fighting on Yokkao in March 2015, which is an amazing honour!
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Pete is again someone who is someone who needs no introduction he is a previous cage rage champion and teaches the MMA classes at Northern Kings. He has been with craig for many years and also trains in the classes with us and his wife Lizzie.
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I am honestly as normal as you can get, some might disagree with that and call me a little crazy but when it comes to day to day things, i wouldn’t call myself anything out of the ordinary. I am married to my beautiful wife, Amy, who is massively support of me and my Muay Thai journey so far.
Getting involved in a Martial Art is something I have Always had an interest in but not something I ever had the balls to get into doing. Now that I am doing it, it is that sort of situation where you think “Shit, I could have actually been quite good at this if i would have started this at a younger age.”
Not to say I can’t get good at it now, I began it to get fit and get healthy but the prospect of fighting is just something that seems thrilling but at the same time totally petrifying! If you know me, you would know that I am totally not violent. I would go out of my way to avoid confrontation but the prospect of being in the ring with a crowd of people watching is enthralling!
This will hopefully become a place where you can all come and talk all things Muay Thai, upcoming fights, educational drills and keeping a track of all things that we are doing here at MTBUK.

Total Honesty

I am writing this blog post in total honesty… I want this blog to be something more than just continuous posts on one page on the blog. I need help making sense of WordPress and how to use it.

Up to now I have just been posting each entry one after another. I need help in how I can create a page on here and then create posts on that page. I have just deleted a blog post I spent quite a lot of time on and am getting really annoyed with it.

All I need to know is how to use the basics to represent the Blog in the way I want people to see it, for example, a page for my Muay Thai journey, a page for my food journals, a page for my goals, pages that arent static that i can constantly update?

If anyone has any experience with this and could help out a total newbie, please contact me on

muaythaibloguk@gmail.com and we can skype or something or facetime or whatever, or even converse through email. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I hope this makes sense to some of you and I hope someone manages to get in touch with me.

Thank you in advance! Dom

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.

Well that’s it for today’s blog. Remember to head over to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and shot us a like if you are a fan and want to keep up to date with what we are all up to.

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I felt totally exposed today!!

It has been an interesting experience today. I got my body fat measured using the Poliquin Bio-Signature. I have entered a competition with the gym I go to called “NK Biggest Fattest loser.” Now as you all know, I am on a mission to get some of this excess weight shifted.

What better way to do it than take part in a fat losing competition among my peers! So basically, the way that it works is that we get the percentage of our body fat taken today. This is done using the Poliquin Bio-Signature method using callipers. I was totally dreading it, I only took it upon myself to do some research on what it actually was that we were doing and safe to say… I shit my pants!!

The other night me and my wife decided to take ourselves off and go on an adventure somewhere, just go to the train station and pick somewhere off the board. You are probably wondering why I am telling you this. Well we were running around this morning packing stuff up in the bag for the overnight stay in wherever we were going to go. Which meant that I forgot to pack some bloody shorts!!

Now when I got on the train to Newcastle to get to the gym, Amy (my wife) asked me, “Dom, did you not pack any shorts? How you going to get your reading taken?” Instant panic set in!! My brain went into overdrive thinking shit shit shit!! I was totally thinking that my body fat was going to be above 30% but when it came to the crunch, I was quite happy with the reading that came out!!

The reading itself was an interesting experience. Kat, who took the all the measurements was awesome, she was really informative and stuff and gave us good feedback and told us what we should be working on. So when I was getting my readings taken, without bloody shorts on she had to get to my knees, my quads and thighs… It was, try and shimmy my jeans up far enough or just drop them… I came to the conclusion that I would probably look like less of a knob if I just stripped down.

So picture this, I was stood there, no top on, my jeans round my ankles and Kat was there with the callipers inspecting every jiggly bit of my body. I felt totally on show!! I have never felt so exposed in my entire life, granted it was only me and Kat in the changing rooms but I can safely say, I will be taking shirts next time!!

So the reading itself came out to be 25% body fat, which means, of the 96.5kg that I am, 72.5kg of that is lean mass. The areas that require the most attention are my pectorals, umbilicals and my quadriceps. What Kat told me is that I need to eat more often. Which I know is right, try to keep my metabolism up throughout the day. That should keep my fat loss active if I keep drinking the right amounts of water and stuff obviously pair that with the exercise that will be done in and out of the gym. I am going to start running again to up my cardio and endurance and be in the gym 4 time a week.

We should hopefully get a reading again in a few weeks time which would be a pretty cool help, get a midway reading so we know what progress we have made and where we still need to work on. I hope I begin to see some changes within my composition which I am sure I will but it is all a work in progress. All working towards one goal… Being able to get in the ring and punch someone in the face!

I am excited for this year, there is a lot of promising things that I am expecting out of 2015! This is it for now, I have rambled on enough for today, I will be back in the gym on Monday! So I will have another blog post up for you on Monday night.

Peace to all and I will see you on the flip side…

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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.

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