What a ride! 听天由命!   As I write this, it’s 11 days since fight night. 当我在写这篇文章时,拳击比赛结束已有11天了。   It’s only now sinking in that the journey is over, and ‘normal’ life is beginning to settle in again. I have to be honest, it’s kind of boring. Now that the fear, anxiety, anticipation and excitement have […]

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We’re here. 我们又回来了。   In a couple days, it’ll all be over. 还有几天,这一切就结束了。   What a great journey it has been, and just a few days until fight night. 距离比赛的日子只剩下几天,这一路走来真的非常精彩!     At this point, the hard work is done, and it’s just about staying sharp and fresh. 眼下最艰难的时刻已经过去了。现在我只需时刻保持清醒与敏锐。   The final week has been […]

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Wooooo! Starting to feel it now!   Just over a week until fight night!   Training is going well, feeling strong, confident, focused, and this is causing a corresponding shift in mentality as the fight draws nearer.   The training sessions continue to include a mix of cardio training, drilling and sparring, and I continue to […]

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Man, I can’t believe it’s Week 8 already! Time seems to be flying by.   I think this is probably a normal phenomenon when you have a challenge waiting for you on the horizon, for which a great deal of preparation is required. Your mind is thinking about all the things that need to be […]

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Fights / fighters picked last week, and the first Week of ‘Real Training’ has begun.   The teams have been split up based on the matchups, so each team has 3 nights a week of scheduled training. The intensity has definitely stepped up, and the balance has begun to shift in favour of technique training […]

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And we’re in!   Tonight (Friday Oct 28th) was fight selection night. Myself and another one of the participants in my weight class (87kg) were the second group to spar. We did one round, both got some good shots in, and when we finished they told us on the spot that we were in!   […]

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Sparring has started!   In this episode, I discuss my first experience sparring, immediately after getting home from the session.   The sparring was more intense than I expected, and I took a few good shots to the face and gut, but came out more or less unscathed (though I had a bit of a […]

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The holidays are over and it’s back to the regular training schedule! I’m feeling recovered and strong! This week there was a lot more contact drilling, and it was nice to start getting hit a bit. Gonna have to get used to it sooner or later, so might as well get started! In this episode […]

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This episode of ‘Building a Brawler’ focuses on some modified training due to the restricted gym schedule over the October holiday. This left more time for self-study, and I also did some independent training, focusing mainly on skipping and shadow boxing. Really beginning to see the importance of shadow boxing for making the right connections […]

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In the second episode in the series, John talks about the challenges of adapting to the rigorous workout schedule, how he recovers from the sessions, and a how he is trying to be patient with his fitness and with the technique, so he doesn’t rush it and invite injury or miss important technique fundamentals.   […]

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