Back to Basics
Continuing my training at Bushido. It has been revealed to me that there is a key piece missing to my fighting skillset. Movement. Simple exercises like the "drop step", stepping in and out, speed ladder, and more have made me realize how stiff I am with my movement. This kind of practice used to be daily when I was in Karate, but that was more than 5 years ago. Since then, I'd say my focus has been on being "tougher", more aggressive, and learning how to stay close to my opponent. Although I got rid of my bad habits from Karate, I've just replaced them with new ones.
This is one of the reasons I chose Bushido over the other gyms in Shanghai. Jowad Mahmoudi is the current Muay Thai coach and he's the person that started my Muay Thai journey so long ago. Back in 2018 when "Absolute MMA" was still a gym. He coaches at the UFC PI as well, has been featured in Youtube videos, and helps train his brother who is in ONE Championship. If you're ever in Shanghai I recommend training with him.
He's a very technical coach that works on details, defense, and movement over you just going full force to get a workout in. He actually wants you to learn how to fight and defend over just wasting your time on useless workouts. When correcting students he is very direct and might get frusterated if you don't do the moves right. Just try your best and most importantly listen.
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