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    FOCUS ON FIGHTING STYLES, PART 1: THE SWARMER Once you’ve gotten past the basics and begin sparring , you may notice that the art of boxing is more than just standing toe-to-toe trading punches. A fighter should enter the ring with an overall strategy and specific tactics to make that strategy happen. How you box in the ring, though, doesn’t just begin from a blank slate. You have to understand fighting styles, the kind that you use and the kind that your opponent will use. There are many different fighting styles out there, but typically, most fighting styles fall into one of five categories: The Swarmer, The Brawler, The Out-Fighter, The Boxer-Puncher, and the ....

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  • "How to win friends and influence people"

    This wisdom comes from Dale Carnegie, he wasa genius at human relations. Dealing with people is a big part of life. If you follow these simple tips your circle of influence will continue to grow and succeed. This is a summary of the classic "How to win friends and influence people". Techniques in Handling People
    Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
    Give honest and sincere appreciation.
    Arouse in the other person an eager want. Six ways to make people like you
    Become genuinely interested in other people.
    Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
    Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk ....

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  • Kyle Korver writes an Op-ed on Race in the NBA that I found very profound and enlightening

    Privelleged When the police break your teammate’s leg, you’d think it would wake you up a little. When they arrest him on a New York street, throw him in jail for the night, and leave him with a season-ending injury, you’d think it would sink in. You’d think you’d know there was more to the story. You’d think. But nope. I still remember my reaction when I first heard what happened to Thabo. It was 2015, late in the season. Thabo and I were teammates on the Hawks, and we’d flown into New York late after a game in Atlanta. When I woke up the next morning, our team group text was going nuts. Details were still hazy, but guys were saying, Thabo ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 21)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 21)

    Whew…It has been a journey! I haven’t written in a bit, because frankly I haven’t had the energy. I have pushed myself beyond anything I have ever done. I have achieved some next level stuff that I never thought possible. It will be hard to explain, but here goes; Fatigue was something I wrote about a lot in this blog. I referenced it as a handicap, or as something that was a destination. I have come to the point that fatigue is nothing more than a motivator. I feel it begin to set in, and I step on the gas. That is something I have never been able to do before. I still get just as tired as I did before, but now, it just pisses me off, and makes me want to kick ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 20)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 20)

    It’s been a few days since I have checked in. I have been training my little butt off this past week! Nothing too exciting to report, this past week is pretty much a blur. I had some ups and downs, and have been dealing with a lot of little injuries. Nothing too serious, but I cannot think of a part of my body that isn’t at least somewhat injured. This just gives me that much more respect and appreciation for what these Thai trainers deal with day in and day out, month after month, year after year. You just learn to accept the fact that you are inured, and adapt your fight style to accommodate it. The problem with that approach in training, is that it is hard to ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 19)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 19)

    I have spent the past 4 days training private sessions with Sawat. I stopped going to actual class because the running was just not letting my foot heal. I miss the sparring, but other than that, I get a lot more out of private sessions than class. Sawat was my very first trainer when I started coming to Thailand. Tiger Muay Thai used to make you start in the beginner class, regardless of your skill level. You couldn’t move up to intermediate or advanced until the trainers gave you their approval. This is a practice they have gotten away from, but one I think they should reconsider. I mention this because Sawat was a trainer in the beginner class back then, and I stopped training ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 18)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 18)

    A Couple Days Off: Crashed my motorbike, Got Jumped, and had an amazing time all in one weekend! 2 ½ days off seemed like a lifetime. I didn’t do the afternoon class on Friday, and took the rest of the weekend off to nurse some wounds, and explore the island of Phuket. I began my exploration of the island on Friday afternoon, by taking my motorbike down to Rawai. Rawai is on the Southern tip of Phuket, and is home to Rawai Beach, and a party district. It is not anything like Patong, which is partying on steroids. It’s more of a laidback, island feel. There are streets lined with rows of bars that are all open to the outdoors. There is the ‘Stumble Inn’ bar, ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 17)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 17)

    I often chuckle to myself when I hobble back to my room, in pain from the day’s training, hurting in places I didn’t know I had. I whisper to myself…’What I did on my vacation.’ Some enjoy laying on the beach, while others love to go sightseeing for vacation. I enjoy getting punched in the face. I am literally in a tropical paradise, and I spend most of my time in my room recuperating and preparing for my next training session. I could not possibly be happier than I am right now, however. There is something about Muay Thai that makes me whole. I often wonder what this experience would have been like when I was younger, and less prone to injury. To be honest, ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 16)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 16)

    It’s been a few days since I last checked in. Quite frankly, it’s because I really had nothing to check in about. My foot got worse the more I was on it, and I caught a horrible head and chest cold. I can’t 100% blame the cold on Robert (The head Trainer for the Advanced group), but I can’t dismiss it either. 3 days in a row, he sent us out running in the rain. It wasn’t raining hard, but at least half a dozen trainers in different parts of the complex asked us why we were running in the rain. When I told them Robert told us to, they ALL said, ‘Him crazy…you get sick’. Sure enough…I get sick. I didn’t just sit on my ass the ....

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  • Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 15)

    Training Muay Thai in Thailand 2018 (Part 15)

    Next time I start thinking about leaving my wife for two months to come here and train, she should make me come read these blog posts to remind me of the pain I am going through. Holy Smokes, my foot hurts! It was throbbing all night from the beating I put it through yesterday, and I damn near fell on my ass when I got out of bed this morning. It took a good half hour to warm it up in the shower again just to be able to walk out the door. About half way through our morning run, the pain became excruciating. This was about as close to quitting as I have come since I’ve been here. As I was about to quit, I got lapped (Not passed…LAPPED) by a girl in our class. She is a little ....

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