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How the fight game works: An explanation of fighting and Muaythai

Okay, so I’ve been asked by a friend to write a post about how this whole fight stuff works.

It didn’t occur to me that not everyone who reads my blog is a fighter or is involved with this sport, so I can appreciate where my friend is coming from and will definitely do my best to explain things.

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Learning how to lose

You’re ready to step into the ring. You’ve trained hard for a number of weeks. You’ve done everything right, prepared well and it’s fight time. You’re finally facing your opponent in the ring, the bell goes and you’re off. You fight hard, emptying the tank in every round. When the fight ends, they announce the winner but it’s not your name that’s called out – it’s your opponent.

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The Fighter Diaries: Part 2 – Midway point

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.

It’s been several weeks since I accepted the fight and I’m now halfway through training camp. Things are going steady.

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Managing your female cycle for training and fighting

Okay, so this is a slightly sensitive topic to cover but I feel it’s important.

The number one question I get asked from other upcoming female fighters is: “What do you do when you get your…you know”. The “you know” is an obvious reference to one’s period.

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My take on over-training and burnout (Part 2)

In part one of this post, I talk about the experiences I’ve had with burnout and the warning signs I have to identify to mitigate the risk of entering into the ‘burnout zone’.  

In this post, I’m going to cover a few other things that I’ve found contribute to over-training, and ultimately, burnout.

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My take on over-training and burnout (Part 1)

It’s often hard to know when you’re over-training. You might be on a roll, turning up to every training session and attacking drills like Richard Simmons on speed, then all of a sudden you hit a wall – and a big fat concrete wall at that.

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Balancing training, work, family and sanity

Ever since I started Muaythai I’ve had to balance work and other commitments. I think that’s the same for most people who are a part of this sport. I started Muaythai when I was at University, and in my final year I developed a knack for balancing class, two jobs, assignments and training.  

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Understanding female physiology to maximise training

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.

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The Fighter Diaries: Three weeks till war

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.

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