I’m a 12 year Muay Thai veteran, and before that an American style Kick Boxer. I’ve spent since the age of 9 dipping in and out of martial arts, then from the age of 23 taking a serious go at Kick Boxing, and actively competing. Since then being a martial artist became my life and I have been fortunate enough to train around the world with the very best. I’ve never really thought about documenting anything around stories on what I have done, and still do, but I’ve been challenged and I have a responsibility to lead!
I’m also a dad of 3, and those three are all girls. They have all experienced me training hard over the years and I did my very best to get them involved in Muay Thai but but unfortunately with no avail. Muay Thai is a very life demanding sport at competition level and unfortunately due to injury, I decided to retire at the end of 2014. Its been a tough thing to deal with because it was all I knew and thought about every single day, but one of the other main reasons was down to spending time with the girls. Although we did spend time together every other weekend (when I had them), where most of the focus was on my training, I didn’t really feel I focused enough on being a dad.
Since retiring from competition, I still hit pads and also I started Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Cesar Lima at RGA Gym Box almost a year ago. I have been a lazy once or twice a week’r, watching others that started around the same time overtake me. Although I am still a newbie to BJJ, I have been able to transfer my experience over as a fighter and I am a very quick learner, so that all being said I can hold my own on the mat.
Back to the challenge; my 2 eldest daughters (14 & 11) have struggled to be inspired by anything but the Kardashians and Snapchat. This combination has a slippery slope to nowhere very fast, so its time to change it up. My 11 year old has been set on becoming a blogger, and for some reason thought that Instagram pouty selfies were just that. Wrong. We all need mentor’s in life and a bit of guidance and sometimes a huge push, and I am just that! They start BJJ this weekend and have been challenged to get a stripe (obviously not by the first day) and blog about it. All three of us are white belts so we are at the same level, yes I have the massive advantage through experience but they also have an advantage; kids learn faster, its a fact. I also have the challenge of turning up to more classes and being more consistent with training… Lets see who can get to blue first!