After a pile of excuses, I’ve been slowly working my way back to the gym more often. I’ve been learning Muay Thai for 5 years now and though I have no intentions of fighting as a pro, I wanted to learn more. I’ve yet to train with the best and learn more.

Aside from hosting, this is my second passion. Among all the sports I’ve done, I enjoyed combat sports the most. It seems to have a universal calling. Workouts done for combat sports are also useful for other sports, it also promotes discipline and self-defense which I believe is pretty useful in the real world.
Although I’ve figured out my third passion, I haven’t really had that big experience in using it. I’ve realized before that I had a knack for teaching. If I realized correctly, I have a gift in giving proper directions and instructions and in a very supportive, concerned way that gets the trust of my subject.
The thigs I’ve learned in Muay Thai and boxing, I happily and freely share with my peers. I’m even happier if a more experienced fighter learns something from me. I’m no expert but I know how to apply theories and techniques just how a teacher does it. See, there are great fighters but not all of them can be great coaches. It’s mostly unusual for a fat guy to train the best fighter but the results will always tell you who teaches well. I’m somewhere in the middle. I wouldn’t teach something I haven’t applied.
Last Friday, I agreed to a sparring session with a gym buddy for boxing (not Muay Thai) jst to get a good warm up and I havent sparred for quite some time. We had a good 6 rounds I gave him some, he knocked me down with a good body shot. It was a learning experience. After our session, he introduced me to another gym buddy, Kabe. He was also a lefty (Southpaw like me). He was a few inches smaller than I was and was eager to learn. I asked him if he was joining the inter -gym tournament at the end of the month. His form is good but needs a little more practice on footwork and timing. So I gave him some lefties’ advice.
Did you know that lefties / southpaws have great advantage on almost every sport? It’s stating the obvious that since the general public is right-handed, sports and all accessories were made for right-handed people. Anytime there are changes in the system, we adjust, and lefties are a big adjustment to swings, shots, angling or whatever you do in the sport.
In boxing, a lefty has great advantage if he knows how to use it. The natural striking and footwork of a southpaw goes the opposite direction of an orthodox fighter. If the orthodox fighter is used to moving to the left, he’ll he shocked that when he sets up, he’s movi g the same direction as the southpaw. Defensively, an orthodox fighter will be protecting himself from a right straight of an orthodox opponent but what will he do if he gets caught with a left straight instead? These small details matter to the strategy of a fight camp and should know who they are pitted against prior to a match.
So going back, After giving Kabe those same technical information, he realized it’s common sense and got eager to learn more. I shared how to put himself in an advatageous standpoint being the smaller fighter (because naturally, I always am the smaller fighter too) and how to turn the situation around. By the time we ended our session, he was getting my number and was trying to absorb everything.
I thought these were the things you dont learn in the gym. These are the things you learn by yourself theough reaearch and sparring with different people. The ones I shared were also information I got from the net, videos, blogs, etc.
I’ve been trying to catch my trainer’s certification for a long time and it hasn’t cone around yet. When it does, I just know it will be fun teaching.
If you want to know more about Muay Thai or talk about fitness, please feel free to drop me a line. I love conversations especially about the ones I love to do.

We all have role models. The ones we look up to for different reasons.

I define mine as one who is selfless, persevering, and kind hearted. I would even say I’d like to be like them when I grow up. I want to be remembered as big people as they are. The work they do, the memories they create for other people, these are the type of legacies, I want to create in my timeline.

Among all the great and famous actors, one woneo-about-moneyuld not really look up to Keanu Reeves as easy. To their definition, they find Keanu’s acting style bland and linear kind of like Ben Affleck. I would say it’s a trademark. I’ve read so much articles about Keanu and his life story and it has made me look at the actor from a different light. It made me understand why he seems reserved and his smile so genuine. It made me appreciate when he’s “acting” because it is tremendously hard to portray roles that are happy or wild or something not remotely close to Keanu’s real life. If you take a look at one’s tragic life, acting would be the least thing you would probably do. With the things going on inside your head, how can you focus on your job and at the same time make it spectacular?

neo-professionallyAt age 50, he’s had more than enough tragedy to experience in 2 lifetimes. His father left him at age 4 and stopped speaking to him when he was 6. His family then kept moving around the country and so frequently that he had attended 4 different schools growing up and had a hard time because of his dyslexia. He has experienced death around him so frequently that he might have gotten used to it by now. He got married and had a child die pre-birth, after which a few years his own wife followed through a tragic car accident. His best friend Joaquin Phoenix died of drug overdose in 1993.

He now walks among the people with the biggest heart. Despite his life tragedies, he cares the least about money. He shares this with whomever needs it most. There was this one report that he donated $20,000 to a crew in need of this. He was also reported to have donated $80,000 to his staff and cgi artists in his blockbuster movie The Matrix that yielded around $114,000  at the time. He also sacrificed part of his own fee to increase the offers to names such as Al Pacino and Gene Hackman just to be able to cast them in his movies such as The Devil’s Advocate and The Replacements respectively.

Aside from this, numerous occasions where commuters would steal a video of Keanu while riding the bus or train. One popular viral video went around of him giving up his seat for a lady with a gym bag without hesitation. Some other reports say that during his birthday, he would buy a cake for himself, sit in a public park and share it with people who pass by and make conversations with anyone. Is there anything else I can add to this to make him a modern-day hero than he already is?

I’m sure there are other stand-up guys out there but you can only count selfless people with a level of popularity as Keanu. He started way back from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and has made his way to different action, comedy and dramas. You would think he’d be lying on money but truth be told, he prefers to share it with people.

When we die, the riches are useless. The rewards are our legacy and our gains in heaven.

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