I Didn’t Know I was Passionate About…

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.

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