"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go"
What a Relief...
My mind has been conflicted for a while on whether or not I want to fight at the next BBQ beat down. My left side hurts from this week's intense sparring, my left foot is messed up, and I'm just tired all the time. Yet, I went to class today, trained, and waited after to sign up for the BBQ beatdown.
As I sat there waiting, nerves came and went. A few things gave me the confidence to fight. A little silver shield that I carried with me, my girlfriend's encouragement, my Missouri buddy's simple logic, and the simple fact that this is what I came here to do. Finally, time came to get matched up and take photos. Something was off to me right away as there were only 4 guys (including me) and two girls signing up. Two of the guys looked really out of place to be signing up for an amateur fight. This thought was confirmed by the fact that one of the guys was from the advanced class. The other guy had 14 fights under his belt. The third guy bigger, fatter, and taller than me. So, as they matched up the folks (and told the 14 fight guy to get a stadium fight set up)... there was no one left to match with me.
Which made me relieved.
Exploring New Classes
Even though I didn't train as much as I usually do. This week felt like a train wreck on my body. I did Muay Thai and BJJ throughout the week just to see how the other classes are. It has been challenging and rewarding. I think that I'll continue with the Gi BJJ while I'm in Thailand.
Another class that I was told to try out was Muay Boran and the Krabi Krabong classes. Both are the traditional side of Muay Thai. They have routines, concepts, and movements to practice in the traditional way. My guess is that it is similar to my Kung Fu training at Maling. I'd like to try it just to get a better understanding of Thai Culture and how Muay Thai came to be the big sport that it is.
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