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.
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.
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.
The Fighter Diaries are 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 myself and my trainer have been named.
It’s a day like any other day in Hamilton, or ‘The Tron’ as it’s fondly known as by the locals. I’m sitting at my work desk. It’s about 9am on a Monday and my brain has yet to recoil from the weekend.