I started Muay Thai around 17 years old when I had to stop playing rugby for my club. I had done no fighting sport before this; this was my first taste of combat sports and I feel in love with it instantly.
Within Muay Thai I would say my greatest achievement was winning 3 different world titles and going into defend one of those titles 5x. Nothing beats that sense of achievement.
My dad has done over 17 Ironman races and I really wanted to do one with him before he stopped. When I was younger, we both had a white-collar boxing fight on the same show as each other twice! So, this would be another cool experience to have with him. Also, now I have finished with my fight career it gives me something new to focus towards.
So many amazing things with MT, but what I enjoyed the most was the ‘art’ of fighting. There is a skill to playing the fight game rather than just trying to kill each other. It’s a beautiful sport when you understand it deeply. Also, the use of elbows always brings an exciting buzz to it.
I’m not too sure what I can put my motivation down to, for me it’s something I have always had. I enjoy the competition side to it, especially with myself. Trying to get better, trying to improve, trying to beat myself each time. It’s a eutrophic feeling, almost like a drug you want more and more of.
If you want to take something serious you must submerge yourself into it fully. Live it breathe it. Enjoy the journey and welcome your failures…because there will be A LOT and that’s all part of what makes you the best at it.
I sometimes think of this question a lot myself, I’m lucky I got to live the life as a professional fighter. I have always wanted to compete in the Olympics and achieve that gold medal! So maybe something in athletics because as a youngster I was always sporty and fast. Or I would have enjoyed being a professional rugby player, that’s another sport I really really enjoy.
To me it starts with a lay in, time sitting in bed with a coffee and my book then a big training session. Pizza takeaway or a nice meal out, sauna or steam with a nice sports massage. Finished off with going home and seeing my family.
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