For any serious fighter, having the chance to train and fight full-time is a dream come true. But how do you get to that point?
Training and fighting has it’s obvious physical benefits, like weight loss and lean muscle gain. But what about the benefits that you don’t see?
It wasn’t long ago that I first came to know of a man named Dieselnoi. My partner Kodee, who trains me, is a deep enthusiast of traditional Muaythai legends and would often tell me about the legacy of great fighters like Namsaknoi, Samkor, and Samart Payakaroon. Essentially, it was him who brought Dieselnoi to my attention.
How far would you go to become a champion? Would you do what’s necessary to succeed, or would you let the temptation of comfortable living get the better of you?
Do you sometimes wonder why you’re slower than usual during a training session? Do you often feel great one week and terrible the next? Chances are this could all be related to your physiology, and if that’s the case, you may not know your body as well as you think.
I’m writing this post because a friend of mine is going through a burnout phase. She’s an elite athlete (not a fighter), and when I bumped into her the other day I could see in her eyes the same look I had a few years ago.
The Fighter Diaries is a ten part, personal account of the fighting experience from the moment of accepting a fight, through training camp, right up until the fight itself. No other individuals apart from my trainer and I have been named.
From training sessions that make you vomit, to being close to mentally breaking, to screaming “SHUT THE F*** UUUUPPP!” at my trainer (in my head of course, never to his face), the third week out from fight night is when you start separating the individual that just “trains” into the champion you are.