The Final Stretch...
"The sacred warrior conquers the world not through violence or aggression but through gentleness, courage, and self-knowledge. The warrior discovers the basic goodness of human life and radiates that goodness out into the world for the peace and sanity of others."
-Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa
Preparing for Intense Training
The subtle aches and pains from two months of training are gone. Which means I will return to focusing on Muay Thai training. My blog, instagram, and video updates might not happen during these two weeks. Just to allow me to focus purely on eating, sleeping, and training. It sounds silly, but coming up with videos and new posts takes a lot of time and energy.
The plan is not to just train Muay Thai, but to train my favorite classes. Krabi-Krabong, Yoga, BJJ, and Muay Boran as well. I'd like to keep learning Krabi-Krabong throughout my travels in Thailand but I have a hard time finding any resources on it online. Probably will have to get fluent in Thai in order to find out where to learn it.
Alone on Sunday
It is crazy to think that this plan started on a whim after being in China for a few months with my parents. Now I'm in Thailand years later still chasing this kind of life. Whatever this kind of life is.
The more I delve into Muay Thai and really understanding what it takes to be a fighter, the more I want to try it. Take one or two years of my life, focus on getting myself in the ring and doing my best. Develop a following online while I do so, learn other things on the side like Thai and Krabi Krabong. If I can experience what it takes to be a fighter, then I believe I would be a better martial art coach. To know what the jitters feel like, how the exhaustion tolls the mind, and what it feels like to lose or win. If I can expereince these things, then I'd be a better coach and a better warrior monk.
Pieces of the Plan
This concept that I call, "The Plan", is always changing in my mind. There are a few constants in it though. I'd like to finish my Kung Fu training. Not finish being, I study for a few years and I quit practicing. But, to learn where I am content or confident. Maybe this means going back to Maling Mountain or maybe it means going somewhere else. I'm not sure. We will see what money and time has in store for me.
So a few years of fighting, followed by a few years of kung fu, followed by a few years of college. Sprinkle in travel here and there and... boom! You have my plan.
Reflecting on, What is Important?
Even with all of my dreams of becoming a cool warrior monk, sport exercise coach. The thing I need to focus on right now, is developing good habits. My small week of relaxation was a nice little exercise in what focus could do. I saw so many places in Phuket, and did so much in such a little time. But, that is something for the next blog post!
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